Celebrating East African Writing!
A huge thank you to everyone who submitted their short stories for the November Call Out on time. The Deadline was the turn of October 28th. Submissions are now closed. The editorial team at Storymoja will now go through your entries and 4 of them will be put up for general reading on Monday November 4th, 2013. On Friday, November 8th, we will announce the winner as chosen by a special Storymoja judge.
In the meantime, are you aware that on November 2nd at the National Museum, Storymoja will be holding a mini festival for writers, creatives and thinkers? The Programme was originally designed to make up for the 4th day of the festival that was cancelled, It has interesting features such as the conversation between Richard Crompton and Kinyanjui Kombani on the relationship between real life events and novel plots, or the conversation by BAKE bloggers about blogging in Kenya, or the performance by The Theatre Company of their new show KIMBIA.
Of special interest to you as a writer should be the Life Skills Series Writing Workshop. This is meant for writers interested in writing for children and early teens. The first session will be on November 2nd at the Old Board Room at the National Museum. Follow up series will be at the Creativity Centre at Storymoja. For details on how to apply before October 30, please have a look at the guidelines here.
Until then, here’s a brief reminder of the new Storymoja Writers’ Blog Schedule.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. This section will appear every last week of the month.