Celebrating East African Writing!
Dear Writing & Reading Friends,
The 2012/2013 writing year was an interesting one here at Storymoja. We decided to try new things on the Writers’ Blog. One of the things we tried out was allowing everyone to write what they wanted and see if we came up with collective themes. It seems to us that an open ended system resulted in less; in quality and quantity of writing. So this year we are changing things a little.
The Writers’ Blog will now feature your short stories as well as book reviews and conversations with your favourite East African authors.
Every month, we will make a call out for short stories under a specific umbrella – theme or style. It will be up to you to craft, edit and submit your short stories within the time limit provided. As in the 2011/2012 blogging year, we are hoping to come up with high quality short stories that can be developed and included in a future publishing schedule in our print department.
We will look out for excellence in style, narration, language use, relevance and innovative creativity.
At the beginning of EVERY MONTH, we will publish 4 Short Stories not more than 1500 words long. These stories will have been vetted by the editorial team, and will have gone through an editorial process involving the author.
The call out for this section will go out three weeks before the feature is to be published, allowing writers two weeks to write and submit. The submission deadline will be a week before the feature is published.
Every few months, we might chose to run a short story contest. If that is to happen a clear call out will be made.
– Local Book Reviews
We would also like to highlight books written by local authors. This is a double opportunity. Authors who are interested in having their books read and reviewed can write in to us and nominate their own books. Readers who would like their opinion known about a certain book they have read can submit their book reviews and we will be happy to feature them. This section will appear every second week of the month.
– General Book Reviews
It is important for a writer to read widely, and with this in mind, we would like to feature books by authors that are not necessarily East African. Readers can nominate books and/or send in their book reviews to email@example.com. This section will appear every third week of the month.
The Writing Life
Every month the Writers’ Blog will talk to a writer and find out what challenges they face, and what accomplishments they have enjoyed in recent months. Readers can nominate their favourite writers by writing in to firstname.lastname@example.org. This section will appear every last week of the month.
November Short Story Call Out
We begin the 2013/2014 blogging year with a call out for November Short Stories. Rules below:-
– Must be a short story. (Not opinion,not social commentary, not a poem)
– Not less than 800 words, not more than 1500 words.
– Must include at least one mention of the month of November.
– Submit as .doc (Word 97-2003) attachment to email.
– Submit by email to email@example.com. Email subject MUST be: November.
– Submit by Monday 28th October 2013.
Here’s to interesting outcomes from writing endeveours!
P.S. Speaking of writing endevours, did you know that some of the stories on the Drumbeats Romance line were born from a writing activity on this blog?
Would you like to read the Drumbeats Romance books? The line is available online at Amazon. Check it out! You could be a Drumbeats Author, too. Just write in to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for guidance in submitting!