Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Be published! Win $100! Submit your story on "Standing Up"!

Have you ever stood up for yourself? For someone else? For a cause you believe in? Have you ever gotten back on your feet after being knocked down? Do you have a story about assuming leadership? About keeping integrity in a difficult situation?Pulsewire invites you to submit your own, personal story on "Standing Up" for a chance to be published in World Pulse Magazine and receive a $100 honorarium!Selected entries will be featured in My Story, the section of World Pulse Magazine where women around the world share their personal stories describing pivotal experiences in their lives, in their own words.


  • Topic: Standing Up. Pulsewire encourages creative interpretations of this general theme, but the piece must be non-fiction.




  • Length: 400 words, maximum.




  • Dates: Submit your story between now and July 21, 2011. All stories must be submitted by 11:59pm, PST on July 21, 2011.




  • Learn more about this opportunity here.

    What She Thinks: Best of luck.

    Friday, June 24, 2011

    Fiction Friday: The Miracle Worker by Sefi Atta

    The first time I read Sefi Atta's Everything Good will Come, I could smell the dodo that Enitan's mother was frying, seriously. I read the novel again about a month ago and was once more blown away by the novel's vivid descriptions of Lagos.  Atta has since written Swallow and News from Home. Today's story is her humorous take on miracles. Of course, it is about other things too, but those are for you to find out. Enjoy!

    Read the story here.

    What She Thinks: Go there already!

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Fidelity Bank Presents Dreams at Dawn

    Fidelity Bank invites you to the public presentation of Dreams at Dawn - Stories from its International Creative Writing Workshop series. Edited by Helon Habila, Tsitsi Dangarebga and Madeleine Thien.
    Date: Friday June 24, 2011.
    Time: 4.30pm
    Venue: Lagos Resource Center, Anifowose Street, VI, Lagos.
    What She Thinks: Don't just attend,buy a copy of the collection.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Book ‘n’ Gauge

    PulpFactionClub, in collaboration with Wordsmithy Media and Debonair Bookstore, presents:

    Book ‘n’ Gauge 
    Readings:
    Jude Dibia, author of Walking With Shadows, Unbridled (winner of the 2007 NDDC/ANA sponsored Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize for Prose and finalist in the 2007 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature) and recently Published, Blackbird.

    Odili Ujubuonu, author of Pregnancy of the Gods (Winner, 2006 ANA/Jacaranda Prize for Prose), Treasure in the Winds (winner, 2008 ANA/Chevron Prize on Environmental Issues) and the recently Published, Pride of the Spider Clan.

    Featuring:
    Engaging discussions with Jude and Odili;
    Question and Answer sessions
    Networking;
    Freebies and giveaways; 
    Live musical performances by: Femi Kayode, Gaise, D-TONE
    Book signing;
    Poetry Jam

    Saturday, 25th June 2011 @ Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba. 3pm - 6pm.

    Compere: Denrinsola Ajao ( Journalist and Publicist)

    Admission is FREE!

    Don’t come alone.
    What She Thinks:  If you are in Lagos this weekend, you should attend this event.




    Friday, June 17, 2011

    Fiction Friday:Old Boys, Old Girls by Edward P. Jones

    In 2004, Edward P. Jones won the Pulitzer for his first novel, The Know World.  I found the book at once disturbing and thought-provoking. It is a book you can't be indifferent about, which I think is good. 
    I read today's story in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2006 collection and decided that I must share it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
    Read today's story here.

    Manchester Fiction Prize

    The Manchester Fiction Prize is open internationally and will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best short story submitted. The competition is open internationally to entrants aged 16 or over; there is no upper age limit.  All entrants are asked to submit a complete short story of up to 3,000 words in length. The story can be on any subject, and written in any style, but must be fiction and new work, not previously published, or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition. The prizes will be awarded at a gala ceremony hosted as part of the 2011 Manchester Literature Festival.
    Deadline Friday 12th August 2011
    Entry Fee: £15 (Thinking about how to pay? A number of Nigerian banks now use the Visa platform to run their ATM services. I had to obtain a token from my bank to be able to make online payments with my card. Check with your bank for details, it might be easier than you think.)
    Go here for more details about this competition.
    You can read  stories that made the 2009 shortlist here.

    What She Thinks: Best of Luck

    Friday, June 10, 2011

    Fiction Friday: The Sentry by Téa Obreht

    Hi there! School work and malfunctioning modems conspired to keep me away from this blog throughout the last week.While I was away, Téa Obreht won the Orange Prize for The Tiger's Wife. Read the announcement here.
    Today's story is her short story 'The Sentry.'
    Read it here.
    What She Thinks:Enjoy!

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Ten Best Short Stories 2011

    Do you think you have written a story that could be one of the best written by any one this year? Then read this call for submissions.

    It is our belief that the short story form has been unjustly neglected for many decades.
    Therefore, Creative Print Publishing is preparing to publish a collection of short stories written in English. There will be TEN stories in the collection.
    Creative Print Publishing Ltd is a British-based publishing house that promotes and markets books in more than 90 countries. We believe that the short story has been unjustly neglected and this collection of the ten best for the year is our way of trying to rectify that situation.
    Authors are invited to submit short stories for our book, to be published in Autumn 2011 under the Creative Print Publishing imprint. The ten best authors and their story will be chosen.

    The ten authors chosen for the anthology can help us to go some way to bring the short story back to public notice. All genres are acceptable. The important criterion is merit. Tell a good story and keep readers interested.
    This is not a competition with prizes. There is no entry fee. Only stories of genuine merit will be chosen for publication. You could be one of the ten best writers chosen.
    Copyright of stories remains with the chosen ten authors. The ten writers who are chosen for inclusion will receive a contract of agreement and free copies of the published book. The volume will be promoted and marketed with vigour in more than 90 countries. More about promotion and marketing of all our titles can be found on the website.
    RULES
    1  All stories must be original and written in English.

    2  They must not have been published before or broadcast in any medium or presently be under consideration.

    3  Maximum length is 3000 words per story. (Stories that exceed this length will not be considered for inclusion in the published book.)

    4  Each author must send no more than three stories for our consideration.

    5  All stories must be in a single file in Word or similar and sent to us using the form below.

    6  All stories must have a title, the name of the author, and an email address.

    7  All submissions will be acknowledged.

    8  Copyright will in all cases be retained by the author.

    9  Where a story is chosen for inclusion, the author will be provided with a contract of agreement.
     DeadlineThursday 30th June 2011
    Submit here.

    What She Thinks: Best of Luck!