Celebrating East African Writing!

The Writing Life – Annemarie Musawale

I started writing as soon as I learned how to write. I was always writing little stories to please my mother, many times, not finishing them. I thought that everyone … Continue reading

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Poetic Pains – April Poetry Call Out

There is a pleasure in poetic pains Which only poets know. – William Cowper   Finally it is here, a chance to craft and share our poetry on this forum. … Continue reading


Art Against Poverty – Call for Submissions

Deadline: 8th April 2014
To apply you should be 18 – 35 years old and based in Nairobi


Don’t Miss This! – The Catch Up [Brought To You by the Arterial Network]

Storymoja’s Muthoni Garland will be speaking at the Arterial Network’s The Catchup. Don’t miss it! Invitation to ARTerial Network’s artist community forum- The Catchup Date: 29th March 2014 Time: 2-5pm … Continue reading


ArtBeat Afrika – Call Out for Submissions

Artbeat Afrika, a community of Contemporary African Creative Writers announce the call for submission for her first short story anthology. We are looking for stories that tells the true African … Continue reading


Brief Encounters – The Winning Story

We apologise for the delay in announcing the February Short Story Winner due to unavoidable circumstances. The challenge was:  1. Pick up a book that you have already read. The book must … Continue reading


The February FanFic Challenge – A Shortlist

February’s writing challenge was definitely something we have never done on the Storymoja Writers’ Blog. As a reader, it has been my pleasure to look in at extensions of worlds … Continue reading

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The Writing Life – Kinyanjui Kombani

1.  How and when did you start writing? I actually started off as a cartoonist. Inspired by the works of Frank Odoi and Paul ‘Maddo’ Kelemba, I had a running comic … Continue reading

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Win with Drumbeats Romance this Valentines!

“Then she wished, more rationally, that she could love him without needing him. Need gave him power without his trying; need was the choicelessness she often felt around him.” ― … Continue reading


Brief Encounters – February Short Story Call Out

Last month we had a peek-a-boo into the world of intercultural romance. Out of it came these three stories. 1. The Veiled Woman 2. A Tribal Love Affair 3. A … Continue reading


Call For Poetry – No Achilles [Waterwood Press]

WaterWood Press, a publishing consortium with editorial offices in Texas, New York, London, & Paris will be accepting war poetry beginning April 15, 2014, and ending August 1, 2014 for … Continue reading


The Writing Life – Vaishnavi Ram Mohan

“Richer than I, you can never be; I have a mother who read to me.” ~ Strickland Gilliland Give me books. Big ones, small ones. Books with pictures, books without … Continue reading

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Crossing Bridges – Inter-Cultural Romance on the Blog

The judges have finished deliberating and here is the verdict. Winning Story: The Veiled Woman by Diana Gitau There was something about her eyes. I remember when I first bumped … Continue reading


Storymoja Celebrates M.G. Vassanji | Programme

Storymoja Celebrates M.G. Vassanji | Saturday January 25, 2014.


Writers’ Masterclass with MG Vassanji
The Inbetween World of East Africa
Exploring Intercultural Relationships
Book Launch and Book Signing


Late Start – Romance on the Blog

In the meantime, an interesting discussion related to the writing call out for Drumbeats romances has arisen.

How are inter-cultural (inter-racial, inter-tribal, inter-national, inter-religious) romantic relationships and marriages addressed and/or reflected in literature? What is the reality on the ground?

For the January Short Story Call Out, we are asking you to submit a short story not more than 1600 words long that captures one issue you think might be part of the challenges/or blessings of an inter-cultural relationship.


Story of the Month – What’s in a Name?

The Verdict is in! The December Judge Short Story Judge – Alex Kandie (Storymoja Careerpedia Editor) – has made the call,announcing  SISI written by Andiswa Onke Maqutu as the Story of … Continue reading


What’s in a Name? – Shortlisted Stories

Wow! That’s been one lovely weekend sorting through your entries to the ‘My Name is…’ Contest. Although as per our schedule we should be announcing the December Short Story today, … Continue reading


Women Writers Workshop – The Theatre Company

Over the past 14 years, The Theatre Company of Kenya has been instrumental in producing new Kenyan performances and producing them throughout the region and around the world. One of … Continue reading


Storymoja Call For Submissions Of Revision Books And Invitation To Teachers To Attend Writing Workshop

  Invitation for teachers to attend a Writing Workshop to develop Revision booksPlease apply to attend this workshop:   If you wish to submit to the call for submissions below but … Continue reading


Open City by Teju Cole – A Review by Nkatha Obungu

In the fourth of his “Eight letters to a young writer” serialized essays, Teju Cole talks of inwardness in literary voice. He differentiates between genre writing which primarily serves to entertain the … Continue reading

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Sillerman Book Prize for African Poets – Entries Due Dec. 1st!

Poetry submissions for the Sillerman Book Prize for African Poets are due by December 1st. The contest is for a book-length manuscript of poetry (at least 50 pages), and there’s no fee … Continue reading

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December Short Story Call Out

We are thinking about names this month. So our call out for short stories this month is titled ‘My Name Is…’ We are calling out for short stories that demonstrate … Continue reading


African Love Stories, An Anthology by Ama Ata Aidoo

Book Spotlight by Stella Riunga   I bet, like me, you will be surprised to find this many African love stories all in one collection. African Love Stories is a … Continue reading


Story of the Week: The Man Watching Our House

It is time! And the Story of the Week is: The Man Watching Our House by Makena Onjerika: The night my mother first spoke of the death of her mother, we … Continue reading

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Beautiful Quilts – November

Like shimmers of light sparkling against morning dew on the green grass, we wake up and hope that a new month will bring new joys and blessings. Our hopes shimmer, … Continue reading

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November at Storymoja

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted their short stories for the November Call Out on time. The Deadline was the turn of October 28th. Submissions are now closed. … Continue reading


Life Skills Series – Storymoja Call For Submissions And Invitation To Workshop

Invitation to Writing Workshop: LIFE SKILLS SERIES for children and early teens Please apply to attend this workshop:   If you wish to submit to the call for submissions below but … Continue reading


The Vagina Monologues – 24th October 2013 at Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum

Back in March, Storymoja’s Aleya Kassam received a standing ovation for her brilliant recital of The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy, concluding the performance of Eve Ensler’s The … Continue reading


Silence is a Woman – 25th October 2013 @ Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House

Silence is a Woman is the thought-provoking journey of a woman, and a nation. Brought to you by the writer of the popular ‘Cut off my Tongue’, Sitawa Namwalie, in … Continue reading


We are back!

Dear Writing & Reading Friends, The 2012/2013 writing year was an interesting one here at Storymoja. We decided to try new things on the Writers’ Blog. One of the things … Continue reading

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The 2013 Storymoja Hay Festival Highlights

The Schools Programme kicked off the 2013 Storymoja Hay Festival with 2 days full of fun, activity and learning in events ranging from art sessions, to nature history, fab lab … Continue reading

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2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Open for entry 1 October

This year Commonwealth Writers turns its focus solely on the Commonwealth Short Story Prize as a unique award. The short story is an accessible form for writers across the Commonwealth who are able to … Continue reading


A Win for Kenyan Literature – Okwiri Oduor’s Short Story wins Competition

Storymoja would like to congratulate Okwiri Oduor on winning first place on the Feast, Famine and Potluck short story competition administered by Short Story Day Africa with her Story My Father’s … Continue reading

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Sing the African Sonnet – Storymoja Hay Poetry Competition

The Storymoja Hay Festival invites you to submit poems for a competition. The word “sonnet” means little song and we encourage you to re-imagine the sonnet through African sounds and … Continue reading

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I Imagine – A Winning Poem

IF I WAS GOD I would undo it all if I was God, I would recall that fire Ungrow it from storm to spark, back to just friction, I would … Continue reading

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I Imagine Poetry

Dear Poets, Thank you for your overwhelming response to our July Poetry Call Out. We will now sort through your poetry, following which the judges will read through and well… … Continue reading


Into The World of Poetry – July Call Out

We’ve decided to change things up for the month of July. So we are taking a break from the photo dramas and asking you to send in your poetry. Theme: … Continue reading


Her Mother Died on Monday – A Winning Story

It has been a while since I came upon a story told brilliantly in the second person point of view. Ras Mengesha dared and succeeded! For that, the Storymoja Editorial … Continue reading

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Attack Of The Shidas – Live Performance

Live Performance of Science Fiction Book Published by Storymoja

The Theatre Company Production

21st July 2013

2 pm and 4 pm ( @ session

Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House, Waiyaki Way, Nairobi

Tickets are 400 Ksh in advance, 500 Ksh at the gate.


SMHayFest Conversations

Dear Writers and Friends, The internet has evolved into open space full of information, conversations and virtual actions that impact the world so much that those virtual actions are now … Continue reading


Love, Terror and A Girl Named Shiko – June Photo Drama

I wonder if anyone else is suffering under the weight of the July freeze. I am. Which is why I am grateful for hot coffee, and an endless supply of … Continue reading


The African Nature of an Invitation and LGBT rights – A Conversation with Betty Njoroge

So when Barrack Obama comes along and says LGBT rights, all the worker Africans are up in arms! “HOW dare he!” First he refused to visit us now he tells us to have gay rights, we won’t be told what to do by the west.

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Viva Afrique: The Good, the Bad & the Shame of Tana Country – @French_Freddy

It’s been a month since I presumed to have what it took to level an entire county and claim that the bad and ugly in it could possibly be whitewashed … Continue reading


June Photo Drama – Contest Closed

Dear All, Thank you very much for sending in your entries to the June Photo Drama. We are now sorting through your entries and will announce the shortlist as soon … Continue reading


My Indian Boy

Written by Michelle Ayuma  “Wake up! You are going for a motivational talk.” Dad woke me up early on a Saturday morning. He always took-up mum’s role whenever she was … Continue reading

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Wrapped Up in Books: On Libraries in Kenya

Written by Natalya Din-Kariuki  Matilda would toddle down to the library. The walk took only ten minutes and this allowed her two glorious hours sitting quietly by herself in a … Continue reading

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Dehumanizing Half of Humanity – A Conversation with Betty Njoroge

Feminist! You say that as if it was a dirty word. I have been accused of being a feminist. It’s an accusation as though by standing up for my rights … Continue reading


A Failed State of Mind

Written by Betty Njoroge There are some distinctions that Kenya keep receiving that sincerely leave a bad taste in one’s mouth. Being distinguished for being in the top 20 failed … Continue reading

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The Right that Pretends to Know – On Writing About LGBTI Rights

Written by Kenne Mwikya It is hard for any queer person, anyone who reads about queer life, or just anyone who  is interested in preserving the lives of queer people … Continue reading


This John… – An Invitation to Participate in an Ideagasm

John has 3 Oranges. His father gave him 4 Oranges. If Wanjiku gave John 2 Mangoes, a pen, a notebook, a copy of Hekaya za Abunuwasi, how many laptop computers … Continue reading

March 31, 2014

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