Celebrating East African Writing!
It’s a Happy New Year to all of you!
In 2010, we saw an exciting variety of creative writing submitted to the Community Blog. We watched many of you grow as writers, and feature again and again. It is obvious that Kenya’s literary scene has great potential for excellence and amazing creativity.
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.
We hope to be able to develop a magazine dedicated to this category, which explores our lives, culture, beliefs and politics and how they affect our every day decisions.
We have also set aside a section allowing you to showcase your poetry, as well as other genres of writing. See the attached Weekly Schedule in PDF above.
Would you like your story to feature on the weekly blog? Please see the General Weekly Schedule [PDF File] and then follow the numbered rules below and you will be there!
1. Always double edit your work before you send it to us.
2. Use 12 Point, Times New Roman Font, with 1.5 spacing to make it easier for the editors to review your work.
3. Always title your pieces, and make sure your story has author name, even if it is a pen name!
4. Keep to the word count. Minimum 1200 words, maximum 1600 words for general submissions, word count for the writing contests will be indicated with the callout.
5. Send in your work in word 97 attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Language of your piece should be English. Occasional sheng, swahili and mother language allowed, with translations in bracket.
7. If you have a blog or personal website, please feel free to include hyperlinked blog name at the bottom.
8. If your work has previously been published, please indicate where and when.
9. If you would like us to add images, please send them to us with the article, and ensure that you have the rights to use it.
10. Let your writing rule, with the scepter of creativity, the signet ring of your unique style, the crown of excellence, upon the throne of the African spirit of strength and resilience!
If you would like to submit longer works to the General Print Publishing department, please refer to www.storymojaafrica.co.ke/main/submit