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The Quest for Poetry – Storymoja Writers’ Blog

It is my belief that some of you dear Storymoja Readers, know a lot more than I do on this topic. So I beg of you to exercise patience, correct me where I am wrong, and guide me in my discovery. As for everyone else, I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I know I will. Grab your gear, we are going up!

January 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

The People’s Republic of Thige – Story of the Week

You have spoken with a total 143 points awarded to The People’s Republic of Thige by Edwin Baru! Congratulations Edwin Baru!

January 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

A Reading Nation – Storymoja Writers’ Blog

Help Kenya break a world record…in reading! Find Out How!

And then spend a little time on the story showcase for this week. We have a record 7 stories that qualified for the exhibit! Please read them all and vote for each.

January 24, 2011

Cold Feet on a Sunny Day – Story of the Week

You have spoken, with a resounding 298 points awarded to Cold Feet on a Sunny Day by Susan Munywoki for Story of the week of 17th January to 23rd January 2011. Congratulations, Susan! Read it…

January 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

Outside on the Inside? Storymoja Writers’ Blog

I’ll begin this by acknowledging comments made by a few of you readers on last week’s blog.

Earlier in the post, while explaining the birth of Urban Fiction, I had noted this: The premise of this genre of writing was based on the fact that anyone outside of the culture depicted cannot accurately describe the people, settings, and events experienced by people in that culture.

January 17, 2011

Short Urban Story of the Month

According to your votes, you all agreed that Doseline Kiguru is the one who succeeded in writing an urban narrative that you loved. Read My Evening Matatu Ride again. Congratulations Doseline!

January 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

Jane Bussmann Comedy Show!!!! – Back by Public Demand

What: Jane Bussman’s Comedy Show.

Where: Casablanca, Lennana road. Doors open at 6:30pm.

How much: Tickets are KES1,000 in advance and KES 1,500 at the door

Buy Advance ticket payment by MPesa 0724 716 397

More Info: Contact 0770 300 714 and or write to

January 13, 2011

Urban Fiction: Storymoja Writers’ Blog

Let’s have a look at what you submitted this week.

A Perception Changed: So he wasn’t good with books, but there really was more to him. So what if he only understood black and white? Couldn’t anyone look beyond this inability to grasp…

My Evening Matatu Ride: Dusk is falling over the city like a blanket. I don’t know what time it is. I don’t have a watch but I can always rely on the city clock, if it is working. But on this…

Tamam Parade: This routine was a devil; he swore and cursed under his breath as he tried to picture the maize-high major standing in front of the main station office building; a dark man of …

Read, vote and comment about how much these stories fit into the urban fiction category. Have fun while you are at it!

January 10, 2011 · 9 Comments

Manuscript Submission Announcement

Storymoja will NOT accept submissions of adult books from January until October 2011. We will, however, continue to review and respond to manuscripts submitted before January 2011.

Please note that we will continue to accept submissions of children’s books.

January 7, 2011

Be Part of Our Writing Community in 2011!

One category of writing that has caught our attention is Kenyan Urban Narratives, stories about ordinary Kenyans in extraordinary circumstances set in our beloved urban settlements and cities. We would like to see more of these stories, and so we have set aside a section of the community blog dedicated to exploring this category of writing.

January 3, 2011

Story Highlights From 2010

The Editor’s Pick of Story for 2010 is:

The Red Bindi on Diwali by Claudette Oduor!

If you disagree, type in your choice of Story of 2010 in the comments section of this note, with a few comments on why your choice merits the title.

January 3, 2011