Celebrating East African Writing!
I think it is time for a buzz over here. It’s mid of the year, deadlines are catching up, routine is lulling, unless you are planning a June wedding in which case you might be right out of your mind. Still no reason at all for the creative minds to go into a lull.
So we are changing things up!
It is time for a new face on the stories we see here. We have talked about nearly everything to do with writing a story, hooking your reader, making the publishers want to sell your work, blah blah blah; now it is time to see it happen.
Over the next few weeks, every author who wins the Story of the Week, will have the opportunity to have their work in expedited review at the Storymoja Editorial Review Table. To win that spot, please send in a story that fits into the categories below.
– Contemporary Nairobi setting
– Has two or more young professionals as main characters
– Can be either Crime/Detective Fiction, Romance or Life Crisis Fiction
– Must be complete enough to stand as a story by itself
– Has a running mystery; story must be short but the mystery should make it possible to develop the story into a novella (10000 words)
– Should not be more than 2000 words
In addition to the expedited review, the author will have a Writer Profile on our site, as well as stand a chance to win KES 500 and one of the Storymoja titles.
Please send in your work to firstname.lastname@example.org, and make sure that you mark clearly in the Subject line Contemporary Nairobi for Blog. Your emails will be filtered, so if you do not mark the subject line clearly, your mail may be misdirected or deleted.
Please make sure that you send in your story by the Friday before the week when you would like your story to be published.
This week, our readings begin with Destiny by Clifford C. Oluoch: Peter removed his two phones – a blackberry and an iphone. He chose the blackberry and dialed a number. Two rings later, he was through. “Good morning angel,” he purred.
Alex Mutua has something to say. Kenya does have certain freedoms, and the freedom to speak, or write is one of them. Moments: Men are frightened by women who insist on carrying their maiden name and education into their marriage. Men fall in fear.
We close the readings with Wainaina Kimani’s Mwananchi: Shortly after the engine started coughing, I felt a cold Iron on the upper part of my neck. It was followed by a brief speech from the Iron owner.
At Storymoja, we believe that Kenya has very many creative writers, and we are happy to give you forum to write, to grow and to get published!
Have an excellent week!