Writivism is an annual Literary Festival held every June in Kampala, Uganda featuring leading contemporary writers. Celebrating its 3rd edition this year, the festival guest list boasts of authors, academics, bloggers, journalists, critics, … Continue reading
You may have heard – the Storymoja Festival is making its first regional stopover in Nakuru at the Kenya National Library Services on May 28 – 30, 2015. What exciting … Continue reading
Let’s try our hand at this this month – really short fiction; flash fiction.
The May Storymoja Challenge is to write a complete story in under 500 words. Send in your work in a word document attachment to email@example.com.
Subject Title of your Submission Email Should Be: Under 500 Words
Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd who are both writers and editors of different forms of writing, gave these insights into writing which you might find useful: 1. To write is … Continue reading
For the second year running, Kwani Trust has collaborated with the Etisalat Prize for Literature award to host Africa’s newest literary honoree. Writer Songeziwe Mahlangu, author of Penumbra will be … Continue reading
A huge thank you to everyone who submitted to the April Short Story. The editors will now sort through your entries and announce the Editor’s Choice on April 27th 2015. … Continue reading
The image below is your prompt for the April Short Story. Your story should not be more than 1600 words long. Send in your work in a word document attachment … Continue reading
The inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards aims to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations. There is … Continue reading
Read Part Three I look at her and for a brief second I allow myself to believe her. In this, she transforms to look like an angel as I envision … Continue reading
Here’s the Editor’s Choice for the Three Days After Valentine Writing Exercise. The author of the Editor’s Choice wins KES 1000/- Airtime. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Open to beginning and advanced writers, this workshop asks what Kenyan poetry sounds like. How can poetry be localized and textured, made to sound from here and about here?
Email email@example.com to reserve your space.
Selected Stories will be published on 16th March 2015. The story selected for Editor’s Choice wins KES 1000/- Airtime. In the meantime, if you have enjoyed your experience here on the Storymoja Writers’ Blog, why not vote for us at the BAKE Bloggers Award under the Best Corporate Blog Category?
“So, what did you do with all that cake?” “Netsu, after I have just told you the disaster of that day, the cake is what concerns you? Mtsm. Just pass … Continue reading
The Storymoja Festival is a platform to showcase, discover and nurture local talent while providing an opportunity for interaction with international talent. This festival started out as a Nyama Choma … Continue reading
The Storymoja Writers’ Blog has been nominated for the BAKE Awards under the best Corporate Blog! Please vote for us! Simply go to http://blogawards.co.ke/vote/ and vote. Tell a friend!
UK Education Oil & Gas Exhibition, Nairobi: The British Council Kenya is organising an exhibition where UK Universities that offer Oil and Gas related courses will offer advice to potential students on the courses they offer and entry requirements.
Date: 21 April 2015
Featured Poets: Teardrops and Wanjiku Mwaurah
Featured Band: H_art the Band
MC: Cindy Ogana
Date: 3rd March 2015
Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre
Renowned writers Oyunga, Biko, Mwalimu Andrew & Chris Lyimo will be discussing “Careers in Writing” this Saturday, 28th February 2015 at Creatives’ Academy. The session, which will be held at … Continue reading
Read Part One Read Part Two Voices – Part Three [By Ivy Nyayieka] “I’m Shiku, nice to meet you,” Mwas’ date says, stretching her hand out. I don’t know if … Continue reading
Yes, we did! Storymoja and Start a Library took one more step towards breaking the world record of Most People Reading Aloud at the Same Time, from the Same text, … Continue reading
It is three days after Valentine… Your story should not be less than 1200 words; not more than 1600 words long. Send in your work in a word document attachment … Continue reading
Looking for love? Tired of doing the same things over and over again and getting the same unpleasant results?itment Don’t set yourself up for heartbreak and disappointment. It’s time … Continue reading
Dr. Keguro Macharia is a developmental editor and writer. He has over 15 years experience working with writers. He has taught a variety of courses in writing and literature at … Continue reading
Voices – Part Two [By Mildred Apenyo]
I stiffen the shiver that is snaking up my spine and fix indignation into my eyes before turning to face him. I have nothing solid to say. My eyes, the disloyal fools, can’t even focus. I sound like I am panting. Do I honestly have to breathe so much?
Wow! We just love it when the writers submitting to the blog not only entertain us, but also challenge us! The Blog Editors had quite a time deliberating on what … Continue reading
Seven Writers attempt to explain: What is the relationship between family curses, bride price and funerals? We asked you for fictional accounts that connects the dots between family curses, bride price and … Continue reading
APPLY NOW! An opportunity for 3 local talented, energetic, dynamic and highly motivated ladies & gentlemen to centrally contribute to and learn from being part of a team that will … Continue reading
Join us on 30th January 2015 at 9:00 am for 15 minutes as we read aloud with children in different schools.
Voices – Part One [By Shiro Gaitho]
Suck it in. Smile, don’t grimace, smile. Try to look like you’re breathing, without actually breathing. Did you say you feel a bit fat? Well you should have thought about that while you were eating that chocolate and drinking wine by the bottle.
“After reading three stories [Part One, Two, Three] from the Southern Africa celebration, I wanted to do portrait of a woman, because I like portraits. But, I wanted one of a black … Continue reading
What is the relationship between family curses, bride price and funerals?
Deadline: January 30th 2015
First and foremost, please allow us to wish you a happy and prosperous 2015 from the Storymoja Family! This year, we look forward to sharing with you more wonderful stories … Continue reading
Dr. Keguro Macharia is a developmental editor and writer. He has over 15 years experience working with writers in one-on-one and group settings. He has also taught a variety of … Continue reading
Read The Behind: Part One and Part Two I love my country like you will not believe. It is absolutely where my heart resides. But the corruption and lack of accountability … Continue reading
Directed by Keith Pearson.
DATE: December 15th, 16th and 18th (2 shows per day)
1st Show: 11am
2nd Show: 4pm
COSTS: Kes 500 ticket only, Kes 1, 200 lunch ticket combo.
VENUE: The Carnivore Play Ground.
Deadline: December 29th 2014
Selected Stories will be published on 5th January 2015. The story selected for Editor’s Choice wins KES 1000/- Airtime.
Read The Behind: Part One Argh, I’m watching her now Shingi. So dramatic! Kucheka hembe dzeku Truworths kudaro! That pair of scissors was huge! I wonder what the wardrobe lady … Continue reading
Whenever Zukiswa was in front of the camera, everyone focused on her behind. It didn’t matter that she had an arts degree from the country’s prestigious university. It didn’t matter … Continue reading
The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced the 2014 winners: Portia Dery, from Ghana wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books with her story, Grandma’s List. Mary Ononokpono, from … Continue reading
Are you a creative mind who is discombobulated by the status quo in Kenya? Do the devastating statistics about the current state of literacy give you sleepless nights? Do you turn blue with rage when people laugh at this horrible joke: If you want to hide money from a Kenyan, hide it in a book? Do you desire to see a Kenya with a vibrant knowledge and creative economy? Then you need to be part of our team!
Storymoja and the #BlackWomenBeLikeSeries are pleased to present Finish the Story Friday – a series of the stories between the lines of stereotypes about black African women. On the second … Continue reading
Accra, November 2, 2014 – The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced their shortlisted writers for 2014. Established to inspire the writing and publishing of African stories that captivate the minds … Continue reading
Abigail Arunga describes herself as “a passive aggressive narcissistically inclined writer who hopes her dreadlocks will one day grow to the length of Maxi Priest’s hair despite her dear mother’s … Continue reading
The Reality Check! Series is a book series meant for teens and young adults (13 – 19 years of age). Through entertaining and thought provoking stories, the series explores and … Continue reading
The Storymoja Writers’ Blog is pleased to present to you the October 2014 Showcase of Short Stories. The October showcase represents a varied range of writing styles under different topics. We could not feature all stories submitted but we sure hope you enjoy these!
Ciku Kimeria is the author of Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges. She lives and works in Kenya as a consultant focusing on international development issues at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. In her free time, she enjoys writing and traveling. The Storymoja Writers’ Blog recently had a chat with Ciku about her writing life.
October 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM EDT In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also … Continue reading
Deadline for Application: 30th October 2014
The Storymoja Writers’ Blog is back! For guidelines on what, when and where to submit, please see our submission guidelines. For October, please send in your short stories which should … Continue reading
The Writers’ Blog will feature your short stories as well as book reviews and conversations with your favourite East African authors. Short Stories Every month, we will make a call … Continue reading
Open to All
Saturday, February 21, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm