Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Thoughts: Lola Shoneyin, Aminatta Forna and Leila Aboulela

In 2007, Chimamanda Adichie won the Orange prize for fiction and did Nigeria and all of Africa proud. The longlist for this year has been released and it has me thinking happy thoughts. Nigeria’s Lola Shoneyin (whose poetry I LOVE )has been longlisted for The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives! Two other African writers are on the longlist. They are Sudan’s Leila Aboulela for Lyrics Alley and Sierra Leone’s Aminatta Forna for The Memory of love. Forna has just won the Commowealth prize (Best book African region) for the same book.
The shortlist will be announced on April 12. Is too much to wish all three writers make it to the shortlist?
If you haven’t read Lola Shoneyin’s book, you should get a copy TODAY. It is published in Nigeria by Cassava republic.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

IWD and 50 Inspiring Feminists

Today is International Women's day and the African women development fund has put up a list of fifty outstanding women on their website. The list includes some of my personal favourites such as Nawal El-Saadawi, Ama Ata Aidoo and Chimamanda Adichie (All writers!). I wish the likes of Magaret Ekpo and Funmilayo Kuti had been included. It is still a great list. 
Follow this link to check it out.

So you think you can tweet... has partnered with Gotham Writers' Workshop to present a Tweet Writing Contest.

The challenge  is for you create piece of writing that is no more than 140 characters (characters = letters, punctuation marks, and spaces). You may write on any topic and use any form—fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

The winning tweet will be published in the next Gotham catalog and online at The author will receive a free 10-Week Writing Workshop and a membership.

To Enter
Write about any topic in 140 characters or less. Entry is free. 
Entries must be submitted by April 24, 2011.

You can enter here

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Emerging Writer’s Residency (Madeline P. Plonsker)

Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with the & NOW Festival, sponsors emerging writers under forty years old—with no major book publication—to spend two months in residence at our campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan.
There are no formal teaching duties attached to the residency. Time is to be spent completing a manuscript, participating in the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, and offering a series of public presentations.
The completed manuscript will be published (upon approval) by &NOW Books imprint, with distribution by Northwestern University Press.
The stipend is $10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college.
You can go here to learn more.