Sunday, April 21, 2013

Noemi Press 2013 Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are 
given annually for one book-length poetry collection and one 
book-length work of fiction. The editors will judge.

POETRY: Poets at any stage in their career may submit a 
manuscript of no more than 70 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 

FICTION: Fiction writers at any stage in their career may submit a 
manuscript (no page limit) with a $25 entry fee by April 30.

Learn more here.

Engine Books Novel Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Entry Fee: $25 

Finalists and winner announced in September, 2013. 

What you win: a $1,000 advance and publication by Engine Books
 in 2014.

Learn more about this prize here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Artmosphere April, 2013 Edition: Stories We Long to Tell

The April edition of Artmosphere tagged “Stories We Long to Share” will hold on Saturday, April 20, 2013
Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan.
TIME: 3pm to 6pm

There are stories we long to tell, but how do we do so? Unless, we put them out there without the fear of falling from grace, without the besmirched air that the tale may give us.

The fourth edition of ARTMOSPHERE, your favourite Music, Literature and Arts parley will feature two published authors and a long list of traditionally unpublished and emerging voices in Nigerian literature. These writers define what literature is on a personal level, basking in the inspiration that life throws on their muse’s window, they proceed to tell fascinating stories from their own perspective.


Jumoke Verrisimo is the author of 'I am Memory' a collection of poems; she has read and performed over the last ten years.  She won First Prize, Carlos Idize Ahmad Prize for a first book of Poetry 2009 and the Second Prize, Anthony Agbo Prize for Poetry 2009. Since her first book was published, she has been a guest poet at the Abuja Writer's Forum, Lagos Books and Arts Festival (LABAF), Ife Poetry Festival, and a participating writer in the Nine Writers, Four cities tour. She again recently participated at the Struga Poetry Nights, Macedonia. Her poems have been published in several magazines across the continent. Verrisimo is a graduate of Literature-in-English from the Lagos State University. The Punch, a widely read Newspaper in Nigeria describes her as "one of those who will change the future of literature in Nigeria."

Opeyemi Ajala, the Egba born writer is a literary enthusiast, a web developer and a “black sheep billionaire-in-view” in the family. He is a teacher, an itinerant poet and a fiction writer. The graduate of computer science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has a bulk of numerous poetry works. He has also been putting together a fine and humorous tapestry of fiction titled “yet Another Day” a story of a corps member in Lagos, who finds Lagos as a place of learning the hard way. Opeyemi Ajala is a member of the Pulpfaction Book Club, Lagos’ prima book reading culture and lifestyle event. He is also known in youth socio-political circles for his radical views. He blogs at   

Oseunfunmi Adegbohun is also persistent blogger at www.ossunfunmiwordsmith.wordpress.comwhich he uses as his platform for garnering public readership and response. The eclectic wordsmith has performed his poetry and his “out-of-the-box” collection of short stories “Childhood Naughtiness” at different fora, including concerts, arts exhibitions and comedy shows.

Ooreofeoluwa Adebola Kalejaiye is driven by a strong passion for reading and writing. She has showcased her talents as the editor-in-chief, Pen of the Ready Writer and at the Vessels of Honour Foundation, University of Ibadan. In 2012, she participated in writing competitions like the Spur Magazine Essay Competition and the Abimbola Adelakun Essay Competition. She currently manages two blogs, and

Enigmatic Olumide also known as enigmatic poet stands out as Spoken Word artist, a published author and dramatist. Enigmatic poet focuses on poetry with inspirational and spiritual undertones. His blog ‘The Enigmatic’ was nominated twice at the Nigerian Blog Awards as Best Inspiring Blog and Best Personal Blog in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He has performed at various events such as Word Up,Chill ‘n’ Relax, Celebrity Read Africa, and Theatre at TerraKulture.

Jonah Ayodele Obajeun is a Human Development Strategist and winner of the World Bank Essay Competition in 2008. Rainmaker (as he is popularly called by friends) has been recognized by The Nation Newspaper as the Most Dedicated Youth Writer (2008) and by the Lagos State Government as a conscious youth leader in the recent Champions of Our Time project, a youth development programme supported by the Lagos State Government. He is a versatile poet, essayist and fiction writer. He blogs at

Opeyemi Adeola is a final year student of English Language at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a lover of the Arts and a worshipper of books. Writing comes to her when painting fails to tell the numerous stories in her head.  She was recently assigned the role of a relationship manager at WriteHouse Collective.
Her passion for women’s rights inspires most of her works; her writings have appeared on various online platforms.

Olaitan Olaniran is a student of Biochemistry at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. He writes around the themes of love, despair, and writing. He also writes short stories, draws abstracts, and loves singing.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Of Longlists and Shortlists

The Commonwealth Writers Prize

Twenty one books have been shortlisted for this prize. Three of those books are written by Nigerians.
They are listed below.

Other countries are represented on the shortlist. Below, I list the number of books that each country has on the shortlist.

Canada- 2
Jamaica- 1
South Africa- 1
Sri Lanka-1
United Kingdom-3

Nigeria's Tobenna Nwosu has also been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize alongside 18 other writers.
Read all about the Commonwealth Prizes here.

 The Frank O'Connor Award

 Seventy Five books have been longlisted for world's richest prize for a collection of short stories. I highlight three of the books here.

I'm highlighting this book  because Mr. Barrett is Nigerian :) and was an editor with Farafina when my story was accepted for publication by the magazine. I have never met him,  but I like anyone who is involved remotely or directly in getting my work into print. Call me partial! Forget my fake famzing though, he writes great short stories. Check out his work  here and here. 

I'm highlighting this book  because, you got it, Ms. Okparanta is Nigerian. Last year I put up a link to one of her stories for Fiction Friday. If you haven't read it, it isn't too late.

I met Susan last year when we were both writers in residence at Writers Omi International Art Centre (Ledig House). I was captivated when she read her story during the reading that was organised while we were in residence. I can still hear her voice and see the images that her words evoked. She is a talented writer who does innovative things with the short story.

Check out the full longlist here.

Kwani? Manuscript Prize 

Kwani? has released a list of 30 titles that have been longlisted for the prize. Below, I list the number of books that each country has on the longlist.



South Africa-4

The longlist is here.

What She Thinks: Fiction Friday will be back on Friday. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

BOMB's 2013 Fiction Contest

Deadline April 30th. 

The winner of  will receive a $500 prize and publication in BOMB Magazine’s literary supplement First Proof

Fiction Contest Submission Guidelines

Winner receives $500 and publication in BOMB Magazine
• Manuscripts of one story maximum must be less than 20 pages (around 5,000 words regardless of single or double spacing).
• Include cover letter with name, address, email, phone number and title of story; do not write a name on the actual manuscript, as all entries will be considered anonymously.
• Story must be previously unpublished.
• Email first proof (at) bombsite (dot) com with any questions.

Learn more here.

What She Thinks: Best of Luck!