Mukana Press Opens Submission Window

Mukana is accepting submissions for their second cohort of titles. The deadline for submissions of December 31. So far, two categories of submissions are open: a short story anthology in African Writing and a full-length manuscript in different genres. If your short story is accepted you will receive a $500 advance, indeed a rare occurrence … Continue reading Mukana Press Opens Submission Window

100 YEAR STARSHIP ANNOUNCES CANOPUS AWARD CONTEST FOR AFRICA WRITERS

Contact: Jason D. Batt 100 Year Starship jbatt@100yss.org HOUSTON, October 25, 2023 — The 2023 100 Year Starship (100YSS) Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing, a prize recognizing the finest fiction and non-fiction works that expand our understanding of the challenges, opportunities, pitfalls, and rewards of interstellar space exploration, is now open for submissions and nominations. One … Continue reading 100 YEAR STARSHIP ANNOUNCES CANOPUS AWARD CONTEST FOR AFRICA WRITERS

New Book: A House for Mother

This book has been in the works for years and is dear to my heart. It covers issues that span decades and cross continents. Once again, we have poems originating in Mazvihwa, traveling to Harare and Bulawayo, detours to Rusitu Valley reflecting on years lived there in the mid-nineties, years that in respect should have … Continue reading New Book: A House for Mother

Tinashe Muchuri’s Speech at “Nzungu Dzembeu” Launch

Tinashe Muchuri Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. All protocols observed. Today is a great day. We are welcoming a new prince of the Musaigwa dynasty, 'Nzungu Dzembeu' (Seed Nuts). It is my pleasure to introduce you to this bouncing baby. As the editor and introducer of both the son and the father, my task is … Continue reading Tinashe Muchuri’s Speech at “Nzungu Dzembeu” Launch

MHIKE LAUNCHES ‘NZUNGU DZEMBEU’ IN STYLE

Story by Black Mampara Emmanuel Hove Mhike   MAZVIHWA, ZIMBABWE: It was most gratifying for me to be part of the social media's WhatsApp platform administered by the soft-spoken and humble Zvishavane based author, Emmanuel 'WekwaFish' Mhike Hove, who was launching his debut Shona Poetry anthology. Entitled, 'Nzungu Dzembeu', the book sold gold as over … Continue reading MHIKE LAUNCHES ‘NZUNGU DZEMBEU’ IN STYLE

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende Reviews “African Roar 2011”

This resplendent collection of short stories by African writers does indeed roar. The breadth and depth of topic, style, perspective and powerful story telling found within the pages of this treasure trove is enough to make you emit a roar of your own: in appreciation, in agony, in mirth, and in sheer exuberance. The story … Continue reading Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende Reviews “African Roar 2011”

New Novel focuses on the Zimbabwe Land Issue

I have started reading Na'ima B. Robert's Far from Home, which focuses on two types land reforms or seisures in Zimbabwe. From the moment I heard about this book, I liked its premise and have been looking forward to reading. I have begun, and so I far I am drawned to the background, cultural details … Continue reading New Novel focuses on the Zimbabwe Land Issue

Interview: Mirirai Moyo, Award-winning Zimbabwean Writer

Mirirai Moyo, a promising emerging writer from Zimbabwe, is one of the winners of the 2010 Golden Baobab Award, which features African stories for children anywhere. Moyo is not new to awards. In 1996, she was the Harare Region Winner for the Randalls National Essay Competition. Her short stories have featured in The Sunday Mail, … Continue reading Interview: Mirirai Moyo, Award-winning Zimbabwean Writer

Interview: Bryony Rheam Calls on Zimbabwean Authors to Move Away from “Overtly Political” Subjects

I recently finished reading Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun and the author agreed to answer a few interview questions. At the end of this very enlightening interview on her craft and influences, Bryony calls on suggests that writers expand their creative horizons and embrace genres that move beyond the "overtly political". Below is the … Continue reading Interview: Bryony Rheam Calls on Zimbabwean Authors to Move Away from “Overtly Political” Subjects

The Eso Won Bookstore Reading and “African Roar” Launch

They came to support, they some bought books, and they engaged us in dialogue. Part of the audience at Eso Won Bookstore Reading and "African Roar" Launch, Los Angeles. Copies of African Roar in a special display for the event. This is going to be a long post, full of pictures and reflections. I will … Continue reading The Eso Won Bookstore Reading and “African Roar” Launch

The Los Angeles Reading: Book Selections

Forever Let Me Go contains a taste of my poetry and Speaking for the Generations (AWP 2010) contains an excerpt from my short story "A Long Night", set in Glen View 2, Harare. The Los Angeles Event with Christopher Mlalazi is only one week, I know time will fly, so I thought I should start … Continue reading The Los Angeles Reading: Book Selections

An Evening of Stories, Poetry & Music in Los Angeles with Christopher Mlalazi

Chris Mlalazi Villa Aurora & Eso Won Bookstore present an evening of stories, poetry & music with 2010 Feuchtwanger Fellow Christopher Mlalazi, fellow Zimbabwean writer and editor Emmanuel Sigauke, and Judicanti Responsura 7PM on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Eso Won Bookstore 4331 Degnan Boulevard, Los Angeles 90008 Villa Aurora’s 2010 Feuchtwanger Fellow, Zimbabwean writer … Continue reading An Evening of Stories, Poetry & Music in Los Angeles with Christopher Mlalazi

“Baobab Prize is pushing the literary giants of the next generation into the limelight”: Deborah Ahenkorah

Deborah Ahenkorah is the co-founder of the fast-growing Baobab Prize, which is now in its second year. The inaugural award drew participation from nine African countries. The winners were Lauri Kubuitsile from Botswana with "Lorato and her Wire Car", the best story written for readers aged 8-11 years; Ivor W. Hartmann from Zimbabwe with "Mr. … Continue reading “Baobab Prize is pushing the literary giants of the next generation into the limelight”: Deborah Ahenkorah

New Collaboration for Indian and Zimbabwean Writers

This post was created by Sunil Sharma, an Indian scholar and writer with whom I am planning to compile an anthology of Indian-Zimbabwean short stories. An Indian publisher has expressed interest in taking up this project, but before we make a call for submissions, here is a short writing on the project. Sunil Sharma is … Continue reading New Collaboration for Indian and Zimbabwean Writers