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Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Competition – deadline Dec 1, 2015

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, through a combination of four-week residencies and one-week conferences, enables the advancement of critical dialogue, thinking and action that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing to Build Libraries

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all – Jackie Kennedy The heedless plight of illiteracy has been plaguing our … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Using the Intellectual Property System to Harness African Creativity

“Poetry must not perish. Because if it does, where will the world’s hope be?” These famous words flowed from the pen of former Senegalese President Leopold Sedar Senghor, just one … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Library Installation at MCO Joy: What The Teachers Said

Ever since Kibaki’s government initiated free primary education, our schools have had an all high attendance. Despite this, Kenya is facing a literary crisis with some of our districts being … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

1st Library Installation #StoryForChela

Through the Story for Chela Campaign, Start a library is on a mission to raise 30 million Kenya shillings to install 100 libraries in public schools in Kenya.  On 4th … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

All The Best MCO Joy Candidates! #StoryForChela

Storymoja would like to wish the MCO Joy candidates all the best as they sit for their national exams. We had an amazing time with the entire school today as … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Children of Farasi Lane Primary Read out The Reading Pledge #StoryForChela

The hyper students of Farasi Lane Primary school chant the Reading Pledge during the #StoryForChela activation; that took place on 22nd of October 2015. Eric from our Storymoja team kicked … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kenya to Make History with World’s First Collectively Written Book by a Nation

Kenya to Make History with World’s First Collectively Written Book by a Nation Kenya is on the verge of something great. Something exciting. Something quite epic. On the 9th of … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Silent Housewife Part V – #FinishtheStoryFriday Written by Ndey Ngoneh Jeng [@YaayiBayam]

The humid weather jolted me out of my confusion as soon as I stepped outside. That speech was merely a therapy tactic. It had to be! What woman in her … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

2nd Kofi Awoonor Memorial Address Delivered by Afetsi Awoonor on 20th September 2015

“I would like my father to be remembered, as he wanted. As Africans, and especially as African writers, we owe it to our fathers such as Kofi Awoonor, Chinua Achebe and so on to weave new ropes where they left off. “

October 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Silent Housewife IV – #FinishtheStoryFriday written by Nana Adwoa Amponsah Mensah [@Ms_AAjay]

I blinked at her. Why was she telling me this? I had walked in single-mindedly that morning seeking help with killing Ola. Or maybe I just wanted someone to convince … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Kofi Awoonor Memorial Address: Nairobi Calls Again

On Saturday 21st September 2013, one of Africa’s most celebrated poet and lead guest, Professor Kofi Awoonor, lost his life in the horrible Westgate Mall terrorist attack. Two years on, … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture delivered at @StorymojaFest by UNEP’s Chief Scientist Jacqueline McGlade

Since 2012, the Storymoja Festival has been honoured to host The Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture in partnership with the Green Belt Movement. In 2014, the Lecture was delivered by Wole … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mwito kwa Waandishi na Wahariri

Tunazitaka hadithi zako. Tunazihitaji hadithi zako. Tunahitaji hadithi za KWETU. Hadithi za kweli, hadithi za kibunilizi, hadithi za kifantasia, zinazobadilisha maisha ya wasomaji, hadithi za kiasili na nyingine nyinginezo. Tunahitaji … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Strange Things Happen! Nyef Nyef Storytellers at the Storymoja Festival

Saturday 19th September @ The Storymoja Festival 1.30pm – 3.30pm at the Nairobi Arboretum: Family Show Dance and Nyef Nyef Storytelling Koroga: Experience a fusion of dance and storytelling. Nyef Nyef … Continue reading

September 9, 2015

Call Out for Writers and Editors – Storymoja / Start a Library

We want your stories. We need your stories. We need OUR stories. True stories, adventure stories, fantasy stories, life changing stories, traditional stories and more. Stories from the coast, from the lake, from the mountain, from the great rift, stories from the North. Stories in English and Kiswahili. And we need YOU to write them for a revolutionary campaign that will excite and engage the nation.

September 5, 2015

The Silent Housewife III – #FinishtheStoryFriday

Read this continuation of The Silent Housewife written by Delali Kumapley. The #FinishTheStoryFriday series is in partnership with #BlackWomenBeLike [@BlackWomenBLike on Twitter]. This cycle we’re celebrating the stories of black women in West Africa!

September 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tell #StoryYetu with @EasyTaxi and win with The Storymoja Festival!

  Win 2 Tickets to the Storymoja Festival courtesy of Easy Taxi! Here’s how you can participate. Provide an interesting ending to the end in this tweet: Once upon a … Continue reading

August 28, 2015

The Silent Housewife Part II

Read this continuation of The Silent Housewife written by Adebola Rayo. The #FinishTheStoryFriday series is in partnership with #BlackWomenBeLike [@BlackWomenBLike on Twitter]. This cycle we’re celebrating the stories of black women in West Africa!

August 21, 2015

The Silent Housewife Part I

Our #FinishTheStoryFriday series in partnership with #BlackWomenBeLike is back and we’re celebrating the stories of black women in West Africa!

August 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

30 Years Ago – Editor’s Choice

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · 5 Comments

Job Opportunity: Social Media Community Manager

Position: Social Media Community Manager   Are you an avid reader of books, digital books and blogs? Do you believe that the success of our country depends on the literacy … Continue reading

August 1, 2015

Thank You for Submitting / See Photo Contest

In the meantime, we want to celebrate reading in the weeks leading to the Storymoja Festival. So, in addition to begging you to share your reading lists so we can expand our reading horizons, we will be encouraging you to participate in little reading challenges. Benefits are possible wins of festival tickets, books and other goodies. So let’s have fun reading.

July 27, 2015

13 Year Old Joseph Bokea Launches Novel, Magic

Storymoja on Saturday launched a fantasy fiction novel, Magic, authored by a thirteen year-old Joseph Bokea at a grand function held at the Goethe Institut Nairobi.

July 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Do You Believe in Magic? 13 Year Old Novelist to Launch Book

Come meet the author, listen to readings and get autographed books!
When: Saturday 18th July, 2015
Time: 10.30am – 1. 30pm
Entry: FREE!

July 14, 2015

Job Opportunity: Reading Revolutionary

If you love reading, know that non-curricula books can change lives, and are an activist at heart, you might be the right person to join our reading revolution team. Uwezo … Continue reading

July 13, 2015

Thirty Years Ago, Today… – July Short Story Call Out

The July Short Story Challenge: This time we are thinking of a blast from the past. A mystery… maybe it was solved, maybe it has never been solved. It could … Continue reading

July 13, 2015

Babishai Poetry Festival to paint Kampala lyrically, August 26 to 28, at The Uganda Museum

“This year, we are honoured to host world-wide leading voices in poetry and to share the landscape with impressive and mind-blowing talent across Uganda.”

July 10, 2015

Opportunity for Creative Writers

Huge Africa was started with a simple, yet powerful idea—to build a digital first media company focused on African women. Our mission is to help niche networks of women; create, … Continue reading

July 10, 2015


The Storymoja Read Aloud final official tally has unofficially broken the World Record for Most People Reading Aloud from the Same Text at the Same Time from Different Venues!

July 6, 2015

Celebrating David Mulwa @ 70 1st July 2015

David Kakuta Mulwa has made a tremendous contribution to our society as a teacher, thespian, writer and mentor in a career spanning 50 years. He has 19 books to his … Continue reading

June 29, 2015

Babishai Poetricks – An Experience for Every Child

16 June 2015, The Day of The African Child, saw the launch #babishaipoetricks, the children’s adventure toolkit. Babishai Poetricks is the largest program under the Kampala based Babishai Niwe Poetry … Continue reading

June 22, 2015

8 Libraries in 4 Days! 22nd to 26th June 2015

Start A Library has partnered with ​Varkey Foundation and Gems Cambridge International School​ to ​start 22 libraries across the country, 8 of which are in Nairobi.​ Part of our team … Continue reading

June 22, 2015

Announcing the Jury For The Wole Soyinka Prize & New Advisory Board

The Lumina Foundation which administers the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa based in Lagos, Nigeria with an office in Accra, Ghana, has announced the composition of the Jury … Continue reading

June 18, 2015

2015 Morland Writing Scholarships For African Writers Inviting Entries starting today June 15

The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers will open for entries on Monday 15th June. The deadline for submissions is … Continue reading

June 15, 2015

At 9am on Monday 15th June, 2015, take 30 minutes to help us break this record!

   Let us change the reading culture in Kenya! USA holds the world record for the most readers reading aloud from the same book at the same time – 233,000 … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

Apply To Intern as a Storymoja Festival Intern

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one… (George R.R. Martin) PURPOSE OF INTERNSHIP To provide an opportunity for 75 talented, … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 3 Comments

We Have a Winner! – Under 500 Words Fiction Challenge

We have a winner! After much deliberation, the Storymoja Editors have finally agreed on a winner for the Flash Fiction Challenge! And the winner is… The Old Heart by Peter … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Call For Submission: African Moonsongs Of New Dawn

New Craft Publishers are calling out to African poets to submit their poems for consideration in a coming anthology to be edited by Akwu Ene’jo Adeyi and Vincent de Paul.  … Continue reading

May 26, 2015

Ankara Press – Call For Submissions – May 2015

Ankara Press is a fresh new voice publishing romantic fiction for the African market, and is devoted to publishing easy-to-read, purse-size books with African settings, storylines and characters. Ankara Press … Continue reading

May 26, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: 5-Day Writivism Festival (June 16th – 22nd 2015, Kampala, UG) + Early Bird Offer

Writivism is an annual Literary Festival held every June in Kampala, Uganda featuring leading contemporary writers. Celebrating its 3rd edition this year, the festival guest list boasts of authors, academics, bloggers, journalists, critics, … Continue reading

May 13, 2015

13 Year Old Author to make Appearance at Regional Storymoja Festival in Nakuru!

You may have heard – the Storymoja Festival is making its first regional stopover in Nakuru at the Kenya National Library Services on May 28 – 30, 2015. What exciting … Continue reading

May 11, 2015

Under 500 Words – May Short Story

Let’s try our hand at this this month – really short fiction; flash fiction.

The May Storymoja Challenge is to write a complete story in under 500 words. Send in your work in a word document attachment to

Subject Title of your Submission Email Should Be: Under 500 Words

May 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Friendly Fire – Editor’s Choice [April Short Story]

Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd who are both writers and editors of different forms of writing, gave these insights into writing which you might find useful: 1. To write is … Continue reading

April 28, 2015

Kwani? Trust to Host 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature Winner + Longhorn Publishers

For the second year running, Kwani Trust has collaborated with the Etisalat Prize for Literature award to host Africa’s newest literary honoree.  Writer Songeziwe Mahlangu, author of Penumbra will be … Continue reading

April 24, 2015

Thank You For Submitting to the April Short Story

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted to the April Short Story. The editors will now sort through your entries and announce the Editor’s Choice on April 27th 2015. … Continue reading

April 20, 2015

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 · 2 Comments

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

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