Opportunities for writers

  These are wonderful, amazing opportunities for writers. These must be the best times for writers or those aspiring to write. Yet, these are just a few of what’s available out there in the world. Just a quick google search brings astonishing results. To say the times aren’t right and ripe for writers is only […]

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Dilman Dila on Digital Publishing in Uganda

This blog first appeared on the Commonwealth Writers site. Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. Reflecting on the recent 2015 Uganda International Writers’ Conference, Dilman Dila considers whether large Ugandan publishers need to do more to embrace digital books.  Statistics say that there will […]

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Submit your poem for the 2015 BN Poetry Award

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Great Conversations at the Uganda International Writers Conference

Written by Juliane Okot Bitek When Professor Zakes Mda gave his keynote speech at the conference, he beautifully lined out and linked the theme of his speech: “Autobiography, Memoir and Memoires” to the conference theme of “Truth and Memoir”. Writing from memory, he told us, requires emotional truth whereas autobiography calls for provable facts. Writing […]

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Anthology of Non-fiction from Africa – Call for Proposals. Deadline 20 April

Commonwealth Writers are inviting writers from Commonwealth African countries to submit proposals for a piece of creative non-fiction. We’re seeking stories from the continent of Africa, by African writers – in the form of creative non-fiction, including memoir, life-writing, literary reportage and essays.  Specific, rigorous and reflective, these stories will introduce new perspectives to readers […]

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FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards 2015

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 a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the Internet. More connectivity and […]

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Here to Stay: An African Literary Renaissance

This blog was first published on Commonwealth Writers site. By Louise Umutoni, a Rwandan writer and journalist who has worked as a journalist in Rwanda and Canada, and is the founder of Andika Ma, a literary community of Rwandan female writers. Writing from the Uganda International Writers’ Conference, she charts an African literary renaissance and asks […]

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Time, Place and the Diaspora Writer

This blog was first published on Commonwealth Writers site. By Mildred Barya  Criticism of an African writer writing from a distance (those born or living in the Diaspora who write about Africa) inevitably focuses on the writers’ identity and the space they occupy, rather than how they’ve crafted their work. Does this imply that some […]

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Day 4, morning session: Literary prizes and Contests for African writers

Focus on The Etisalat Prize for Literature, Commonwealth Short Story Prize and The Africa39 Project The emergence of literary prizes and writing contests for African writers in the past decade has boosted the creative energies of writers and propelled the winners to international stardom. The winning books are guaranteed high sales, and the financial benefits […]

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Day 3, The Rise of Digital Literature and Publishing: Re-examining the Book Business in the 21st Century

4th March, 2015 Morning session Panelists: Dilman Dila of Lawino Literary Magazine, Uganda and Melissa Kyeyune of KHAMEL Publishing, Uganda.     Second morning to afternoon session: Life Writing: Recollecting the Self and Narrating Multiple Voices Panelists: Noo Saro-Wiwa on writing Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria, Granta, 2012, and Hilda Twongyeirwe on Mediating Rural […]

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