Celebrating East African Writing!

April Short Story Call Out

The image below is your prompt for the April Short Story. Your story should not be more than 1600 words long. Send in your work in a word document attachment … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Emerging Voices 2015 – Introducing the FT-OppenheimerFunds Literary Awards

The inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards aims to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations. There is … Continue reading

March 24, 2015

Voices [Part 4] Another Ending… by Monicah Kiptoo

Read Part Three I look at her and for a brief second I allow myself to believe her. In this, she transforms to look like an angel as I envision … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Road Trip – Three Days After Valentine

Here’s the Editor’s Choice for the Three Days After Valentine Writing Exercise. The author of the Editor’s Choice wins KES 1000/- Airtime. Please contact to claim your prize.

March 16, 2015

Poetry of Place – A Workshop With Keguro Macharia, PhD

Open to beginning and advanced writers, this workshop asks what Kenyan poetry sounds like. How can poetry be localized and textured, made to sound from here and about here?

Email to reserve your space.

March 10, 2015

Thank You For Submissions – Vote For Storymoja

Selected Stories will be published on 16th March 2015. The story selected for Editor’s Choice wins KES 1000/- Airtime. In the meantime, if you have enjoyed your experience here on the Storymoja Writers’ Blog, why not vote for us at the BAKE Bloggers Award under the Best Corporate Blog Category?

March 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Voices – Part Four [Finish The Story Friday]

“So, what did you do with all that cake?” “Netsu, after I have just told you the disaster of that day, the cake is what concerns you? Mtsm. Just pass … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Announcing the 2015 Storymoja Festivals

The Storymoja Festival is a platform to showcase, discover and nurture local talent while providing an opportunity for interaction with international talent. This festival started out as a Nyama Choma … Continue reading

March 5, 2015

Vote for the Storymoja Writers’ Blog – Blog Awards

The Storymoja Writers’ Blog has been nominated for the BAKE Awards under the best Corporate Blog! Please vote for us! Simply go to and vote. Tell a friend!

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

UK Education Oil & Gas Exhibition Hosted by The British Council Nairobi

UK Education Oil & Gas Exhibition, Nairobi: The British Council Kenya​ is organising an exhibition where UK Universities that offer Oil and Gas related courses will offer advice to potential students on the courses they offer and entry requirements.

Date: 21 April 2015

March 3, 2015

Kwani? Open Mic Moves to Phoenix Players

Featured Poets: Teardrops and Wanjiku Mwaurah
Featured Band: H_art the Band
MC: Cindy Ogana

Date: 3rd March 2015
Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre

February 26, 2015

Oyunga Pala, Chris Lyimo, Mwalimu Andrew, Biko Zulu & Mwalimu Andrew at #CreativesAcademy

Renowned writers Oyunga, Biko, Mwalimu Andrew & Chris Lyimo will be discussing “Careers in Writing” this Saturday, 28th February 2015 at Creatives’ Academy. The session, which will be held at … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Voices – Part Three [Finish The Story Friday]

Read Part One Read Part Two Voices – Part Three [By Ivy Nyayieka] “I’m Shiku, nice to meet you,” Mwas’ date says, stretching her hand out. I don’t know if … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Shi Marima & Muthoni Garland – Publishing Perspectives at Daystar Creatives Academy

Open to All

Saturday, February 21, 2015

9:00am – 12:00pm

DAC 105

February 19, 2015

We Broke the National Read Aloud Record!

Yes, we did! Storymoja and Start a Library took one more step towards breaking the world record of Most People Reading Aloud at the Same Time, from the Same text, … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

It is three days after Valentine… – February Short Story Call Out

It is three days after Valentine… Your story should not be less than 1200 words; not more than 1600 words long. Send in your work in a word document attachment … Continue reading

February 16, 2015

Set Yourself Up with True Love This Valentine’s Day

  Looking for love? Tired of doing the same things over and over again and getting the same unpleasant results?itment Don’t set yourself up for heartbreak and disappointment. It’s time … Continue reading

February 10, 2015

Revising Fiction – A Workshop with Keguro Macharia, PhD

Dr. Keguro Macharia is a developmental editor and writer. He has over 15 years experience working with writers. He has taught a variety of courses in writing and literature at … Continue reading

February 6, 2015

Voices – Part Two [Finish The Story Friday]

Voices – Part Two [By Mildred Apenyo]

I stiffen the shiver that is snaking up my spine and fix indignation into my eyes before turning to face him. I have nothing solid to say. My eyes, the disloyal fools, can’t even focus. I sound like I am panting. Do I honestly have to breathe so much?

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Editor’s Choice – The Relations Between

Wow! We just love it when the writers submitting to the blog not only entertain us, but also challenge us! The Blog Editors had quite a time deliberating on what … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Relations Between – 7 Stories

Seven Writers attempt to explain: What is the relationship between family curses, bride price and funerals? We asked you for fictional accounts that connects the dots between family curses, bride price and … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Job opportunity at Storymoja

APPLY NOW! An opportunity for 3 local talented, energetic, dynamic and highly motivated ladies & gentlemen to centrally contribute to and learn from being part of a team that will … Continue reading

January 20, 2015

The Storymoja National Read Aloud (30th January 2015)

Join us on 30th January 2015 at 9:00 am for 15 minutes as we read aloud with children in different schools.

January 19, 2015

Voices – Introducing Finish the Story Friday East Africa

Voices – Part One [By Shiro Gaitho]

Suck it in. Smile, don’t grimace, smile. Try to look like you’re breathing, without actually breathing. Did you say you feel a bit fat? Well you should have thought about that while you were eating that chocolate and drinking wine by the bottle.

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

In Front of the Camera – Part Four

“After reading three stories [Part One, Two, Three] from the Southern Africa celebration, I wanted to do portrait of a woman, because I like portraits. But, I wanted one of a black … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Relations Between – January Short Story Call Out

What is the relationship between family curses, bride price and funerals?

Deadline: January 30th 2015

January 12, 2015

While Ages Course Along – Holiday Short Story Collection

First and foremost, please allow us to wish you a happy and prosperous 2015 from the Storymoja Family! This year, we look forward to sharing with you more wonderful stories … Continue reading

January 5, 2015

Poetry Workshop: On the Line with Keguro Macharia, PhD

Dr. Keguro Macharia is a developmental editor and writer. He has over 15 years experience working with writers in one-on-one and group settings. He has also taught a variety of … Continue reading

December 16, 2014

In Front of the Camera – The Behind: Part Three

Read The Behind: Part One and Part Two I love my country like you will not believe. It is absolutely where my heart resides. But the corruption and lack of accountability … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Science Fiction Student Holiday Performance at The Carnivore

Directed by Keith Pearson.

DATE: December 15th, 16th and 18th (2 shows per day)
1st Show: 11am
2nd Show: 4pm

COSTS: Kes 500 ticket only, Kes 1, 200 lunch ticket combo.

VENUE: The Carnivore Play Ground.

December 5, 2014

Holiday – December Short Story Call Out

Deadline: December 29th 2014

Selected Stories will be published on 5th January 2015. The story selected for Editor’s Choice wins KES 1000/- Airtime.

December 1, 2014

In Front of the Camera – The Behind: Part Two

Read The Behind: Part One Argh, I’m watching her now Shingi. So dramatic! Kucheka hembe dzeku Truworths kudaro! That pair of scissors was huge! I wonder what the wardrobe lady … Continue reading

November 28, 2014

In Front of the Camera – The Behind : Part One

Whenever Zukiswa was in front of the camera, everyone focused on her behind. It didn’t matter that she had an arts degree from the country’s prestigious university. It didn’t matter … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Winners of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes Announced

The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced the 2014 winners: Portia Dery, from Ghana wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books with her story, Grandma’s List.   Mary Ononokpono, from … Continue reading

November 14, 2014

Internship At Storymoja Festival (Careerpedia Edition) In Nakuru 28th & 29th May 2015

Are you a creative mind who is discombobulated by the status quo in Kenya? Do the devastating statistics about the current state of literacy give you sleepless nights? Do you turn blue with rage when people laugh at this horrible joke: If you want to hide money from a Kenyan, hide it in a book? Do you desire to see a Kenya with a vibrant knowledge and creative economy? Then you need to be part of our team!

November 10, 2014

Finish the Story Friday

Storymoja and the #BlackWomenBeLikeSeries are pleased to present Finish the Story Friday – a series of the stories between the lines of stereotypes about black African women. On the second … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

Golden Baobab Prizes announce 2014 Shortlisted Writers

Accra, November 2, 2014 – The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced their shortlisted writers for 2014. Established to inspire the writing and publishing of African stories that captivate the minds … Continue reading

November 4, 2014

The Writing Life – Abigail Arunga

Abigail Arunga  describes herself as “a passive aggressive narcissistically inclined writer who hopes her dreadlocks will one day grow to the length of Maxi Priest’s hair despite her dear mother’s … Continue reading

November 3, 2014

Call Out For Submissions: Storymoja Reality Check! Series (Life Skills)

The Reality Check! Series is a book series meant for teens and young adults (13 – 19 years of age). Through entertaining and thought provoking stories, the series explores and … Continue reading

November 3, 2014

Phalluses of London & Other Stories – October Showcase

The Storymoja Writers’ Blog is pleased to present to you the October 2014 Showcase of Short Stories. The October showcase represents a varied range of writing styles under different topics. We could not feature all stories submitted but we sure hope you enjoy these!

October 27, 2014

Thank You For Your Submissions – October

Dear Writers, Thank you very much for submitting your short stories to the October Call Out. The Editors will now sort through the stories and announce the showcase on Monday … Continue reading

October 22, 2014

The Writing Life – Ciku Kimeria

Ciku Kimeria is the author of Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges. She lives and works in Kenya as a consultant focusing on international development issues at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. In her free time, she enjoys writing and traveling. The Storymoja Writers’ Blog recently had a chat with Ciku about her writing life.

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

PBS Feature: Storymoja Festival celebrates flourishing African literature

October 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM EDT In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also … Continue reading

October 17, 2014

Job Opportunities at Storymoja

Brand Manager
Promotions Manager
Deadline for Application: 30th October 2014

October 14, 2014

October Short Story Call Out

The Storymoja Writers’ Blog is back! For guidelines on what, when and where to submit, please see our submission guidelines. For October, please send in your short stories which should … Continue reading

September 29, 2014

2014/2015 Writers’ Blog [Submission Guidelines]

The Writers’ Blog will feature your short stories as well as book reviews and conversations with your favourite East African authors. Short Stories Every month, we will make a call … Continue reading

September 29, 2014

Wole Soyinka’s Lecture in Memory of Wangari Maathai at the Storymoja Festival

His speech was all encompassing, touching on not just the environment, but issues affecting the African continent in general. Issues including leadership or lack thereof, terrorism (Al Shabaab, Boko Haram … Continue reading

September 22, 2014

Storymoja Festival in Photos

The 2014 Storymoja Festival happened September 17-21, 2014 at the Nairobi National Museum.

September 21, 2014

2014 Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Winning Poem Announced

The Storymoja Festival in conjunction with Hisia Zangu announced the Judges’ Choice for the 2014 Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Contest at the Kenyan to the Kore Workshop … Continue reading

September 19, 2014

The Parables of Wangari’s Trees: Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture Delivered by Professor Wole Soyinka

0The Parables of Wangari’s Trees: Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture Delivered by Professor Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)   Please reserve seat here.     DOME [Venue Map]

September 16, 2014