Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fiction Friday: The Cadavers by Eghosa Imasuen

Someone should write a story titled 'Failure to Get Error String'. I promise to feature it on fiction Friday, maybe my modem will stop giving me that error message then? Still, I believe it must still be Friday somewhere in the world. So I present Fiction Friday!

Today we are reading Eghosa Imasuen's 'The Cadavers'. The author's second novel, Fine Boys will be out in September. While you wait with bated breath for that one ( I assure you, you will after reading this story), do grab a copy his first novel, To Saint Patrick's Square, if you haven't read it yet. 

I read 'The Cadavers' when it first appeared in Saraba's Story Issue and I haven't forgotten the first line since then- Ewaen heard himself snore. Where do you go with an attention grabbing line like that? Why don't you find out, right here.

What She Thinks: Do you snore? :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

World Pulse Voices of our Future: Apply to be an International Correspondent

World Pulse is thrilled to announce a call for applicants for the third annual Voices of Our Future program, an online training program in new media, citizen journalism and empowerment for emerging grassroots women leaders from around the globe. The month-long application process begins September 6th, so make sure to sign up today!
30 women will be selected to become Correspondents and participate in our five-month training program, which launches in November. Correspondents will be paired with an editor and a personal mentor, and given the tools and skills they need to actualize and vocalize their visions for change.
After being selected, Correspondents will receive:
  • New media and citizen journalism training via phone and internet by renowned experts, including The Global Press Institute and The Op-Ed Project. 
  • Opportunities to be published in World Pulse magazine
  • Mentoring sessions and support via phone and internet from a personal Vision Advocate
  • Technology stipend to offset communication costs
  • Opportunities to connect with grassroots women leaders from around the globe
 Apply Now! Go here.

What She Thinks: This is a great opportunity for women everywhere.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Submit to Itch Magazine

Artists working in any medium and writers expressing themselves in any form or genre are invited to submit work for the ninth issue of ITCH Online. The "theme" is: 

Infinity Symbol 

Intertwined arms, self-embracing, reaching across, beyond and back again. A race track - for formula one Ferraris or electric toy cars? A number, defeated, exhausted, collapsed upon the floor? Everything is everything, what is meant to be will be? As seen from the heavens: two people kissing? Ying and yang, before they worked out the summarized symbol? Winding roads and hairpin bends? Universal time? The totality of space? A sophisticated chignon? Doubling back on the self, trying to rerun old scenes from a life already lived and passed? A looping riff from some gloomy old blues tune? All the numbers that could ever be counted? Things promised and then revoked? A pair of lips twisted into a snarl? A thousand clich├ęd tattoos? A dough-nut; a diet? A waist cinched into a corset? Forever and ever, amen?
What does ∞ mean to you?
You are free to interpret this theme in any way that you wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it.
Submissions will be open until 31 July 2011. 

ITCH Online Submission Guidelines

Don't send work that has been published or submitted elsewhere. We rely on contributor's good faith in this respect, but should we discover that a published piece has appeared elsewhere, we reserve the right to remove it.
Text submissions:
  • No longer than 3500 words. (We know the web is unlimited, but most web-readers attention spans are not!)
  • Please submit in a formatted word document.
  • Any form of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fictional, experimental, creative or journalistic, public or private writing is welcome.
  • An accompanying illustration may be submitted. Must be in JPG format, no larger than 900px wide and no larger than 3MB in size.
  • Audio files are welcome (recordings of your sound art, poetry, prose, song lyrics or opinions). Files should be submitted in MP3 format and should be no larger than 50MB.
  • Book reviews welcome. Please keep them to about 750 words and include full details of the book you are reviewing (author, publication date, publisher, etc.). Accompanying images are welcome but not necessary.
  • Please ensure that your work is finalised and ready for publishing before submitting.
  • Must include name, e-mail and telephone number of contributor, and a short biography (no more than 200 words).
  • Feel free to include a link to your webpage.
Submit all work via e-mail to
To learn more, go here.
Go here, here and here to read previous issues of the magazine.
What She Thinks: Best of luck people!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Nominate a Poet for Poetry Parnassus

Southbank Centre is offering people around the world the opportunity to nominate their favourite poet to go to the UK.  In summer 2012, Southbank Centre will launch Poetry Parnassus. This visionary festival will see poets from all participating Olympic nations come together for a week of readings, talks and performances. Poetry Parnassus  will mark the first time that so many poets from so many parts of the planet will converge in one place.

Learn more about how to nominate a poet here.
The closing deadline for nominations is 22 July 2011. 
What She Thinks: Go there, nominate someone whose poetry you love.

Fiction Friday: The Watcher by NoViolet Bulawayo

You must know by now that NoViolet Bulawayo took home this year's Caine Prize. The first time I read one of her stories was last year. That is the story we will be reading today. As you will see, I was the first to comment on the story (as Olakitike, forgive the typo in my comment).
 I give you The Watcher by NoViolet Bulawayo. Read it here.
What She Thinks: Enjoy

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Fiction Friday:Waiting by Chika Unigwe

Today, we return to Per Contra, where we read our first story. I have been following the Casey Anthony case  with a mixture of alarm and disbelief. Even after the verdict, I am still wondering about what exactly happened to little Caylee. Sometimes I wonder if Casey didn't report her daughter missing because she was in denial. Well, I guess we will never really know. That theory takes me to today's story which is about a woman struggling with an unbearable loss, it is a sort of excerpt from The Phoenix, Unigwe's first novel.  Chika Unigwe is also the author of On Black Sister's Street. You can learn more about her here.
Read the story here.
What She Thinks: I'm sorry for not posting this yesterday, my modem went mad again. Enjoy the story

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lola Shoneyin, Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo and Odili Ujubuonu to read in Ife.

On Monday, July 11, 2011, Lola Shoneyin, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo and Odili Ujubuonu will read at Pit Theatre in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. The event will take off at 3.00 p.m.  There will also be music and poetry performances. It will be an exciting afternoon. (Promise!)

Lola Shoneyin's first novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives  was long-listed for the Orange Prize for fiction this year. Shoneyin attended the Iowa International Writers Programme, Iowa, USA, in August 1999 and was also in that year a Distinguished Scholar at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota. She has written three volumes of poems: So All the Time I was Sitting on an Egg (1998); Song of a Riverbird (2002) and For the Love of Flight (2010).She lives in Abuja, Nigeria, where she teaches English and drama at an international school.  

Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo is a professor of English at the University of Lagos. She is the author of several novels, poetry collections and children literature. A joint winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature (2007); Adimora-Ezeigbo has, over the years, won numerous literary awards and has undertaken reading tours locally and internationally. 

Odili Ujubuonu’s  debut novel, Pregnancy of the Gods was an instant success. Since then, he has published follow-ups, Treasure in the Winds and Pride of the Spider Clan. The three books are woven around a magical instrument – sacred flute – lost and sought in communities around the lower Niger Delta. Pregnancy of the Gods won the 2006 ANA/Jacaranda Prize for Prose while Treasure in the Winds won the 2008 ANA/Chevron Prize on Environmental issues and was nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2008. Ujubuonu has practised Advertising since 1991. 

What She Thinks: Come one, come all!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ebedi Writers' Residency

Applications are hereby invited for the next edition of the above named program scheduled to commence in August 2011. The residency which is in its fourth session is situated in Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Interested creative writers must send in their CV, the names and contacts of two referees who must be published authors as well as a 2 page synopsis of a work in progress to be completed during the program before July 10 2011.
The residency is a 6-8 week full board program in a serene and private environment. The stipend to successful candidates will also include cost of return local transport to Iseyin.
All previous applicants who have not been invited to the residency should please endeavour to apply.
Successful candidates will be expected to spend about four hours every week with secondary school students in Iseyin in any area of their interest.
Manuscripts completed at the end of the program will be considered for publishing possibilities by a well established Nigerian publisher.
I am not quite sure about the exact address you should send completed applications to. I do know that you can contact Wale Okediran for

You can learn more about the residency here.

What She Thinks: Best of Luck

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fiction Friday: Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime by Marjorie Sandor

You have to read this story as quickly as you can. It will be available online (The Georgia Review Website)  for a limited period of time. If you click on the link and it is dead, sorry, you are late. The narrator of this story has not even been born when the events take place, this makes for a pretty interesting narrative. This story is the title piece for Sandor's collection of interconnected stories which won the 2004 National Jewish Book Award in Fiction.

Read the story here.

What She Thinks: I hope you get to read this before it is off the GR website.

The Naijastories Anthology

Happy new month people! Now let us kick off the second half of the year with some good news.  Naija Stories is a social networking site (and more) for Nigerian writers. The site has been up for about a year now. In commemoration of the site's one year anniversary, they are publishing an anthology of short fiction.This anthology is meant to be an annual publication and  the first edition will accept short stories by Naijastories members who have been with the site for more than three months.
Naijastories will  be offering no advance to authors but will pay a royalty of 20% of the book’s list price pro-rated on the number of words in their individual selected stories, as well as discounted pricing on any copies purchased.
Submissions open July 1 – July 31 2011.
Send entries to
Word count- 500-5000 words

Learn more here.

What She Thinks: An annual anthology of Nigerian short fiction is long over due, but better late than never, abi?