Celebrating East African Writing!
As a writing community, it is our deepest desire to support each other through a growth process that will make Kenya’s literary scene a pool of creative and literary genius, and not one of pitable mediocrity.
With this in mind we created this blog, to allow a showcase of great writing, and interactive critique.
A few weeks ago we made a call out for a short story contest titled ‘Worst Date Ever’. In all honesty, we were tying to use the backdrop of Valentine’s Day to spark a fire of creative writing, with the possibility of getting publishable content.
We were looking for:
Creative originality – a beautifully executed twist to a story that we’ve never heard before. We wanted you to blow our minds away and affirm that indeed there are creative writers in Kenya.
We also hoped that you would show editorial responsibility by not submitting quickly worked pieces but rather works of art that reflected your talent, knowledge and proper use of the language you chose to write in.
The judges and Storymoja editors assessed all the works submitted, including the ones that finally made the shortlist. We found all the works sorely lacking of the above qualities.
As a result of this, we have decided to do a second call out for short stories under the same theme; romance/love.
This time we are asking you to send us a short story not more than 1600 words describing a really horrid date night. We will emphasize on fiction and demand for creative genius. The winner will get Dr. Hart’s Book Single & Searching, Kshs 1000/- airtime, and a free consultation with an editor regarding a manuscript you may be working on.
The deadline for this is 30th March 2012. Please send in your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your submission subject line as Date from Hell.
All the best with the rediscovery of your literary genius.