writing contests

I Haven’t Returned by Laure Gnagbé Blédou (Ivory Coast), translated from the French by Edwige-Renée DRO


Laure Gnagbé Blédou  whose short story, “I Haven’t Returned”, was shortlisted in August 2016 for Writivism short story competition, is passionate, a woman, lover, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, friend, Africa-ddict, thirty-something, impatient, Ivorian, French, human, reader, speaker, writer, demanding, citizen, vegetarian, traveller, road-trip fan, learner, book-lover, bridge-lover, chocolate-lover, music enthusiast, sharer, feminist, old-school, new-school, journalist.…

The List by Aito Osemegbe Joseph (Nigeria)


Aito Osemegbe Joseph works as a Sales Professional during the day and at dusk, writes horror stories and psychological thrillers. His short stories have appeared in ‘Brittle Paper’ and ‘Kalahari review’. He is set to publish a collection of short stories and is currently working on his debut novel. Read his Writivism-shortlisted story here.

Boyi by Gloria Mwaniga Minage (Kenya)


Gloria Mwaniga Minage is a high school teacher in Baringo where she also runs a children’s reading club. She is also a freelance writer of literary pieces for The Saturday Nation and The East African newspapers as well as coordinator of Amka, a literary workshop that meets monthly at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi to…

SunDown by Acan Innocent Immaculate (Uganda)


Acan Innocent Immaculate is a 20-year old Ugandan pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery. Writing has always been her first love and she looks forward to a literary atmosphere where African stories will break the mould even more than they do now. Read her shortlisted story here.

The Swahilification of Mutembei by Abu Amirah (Kenya)


Writivism shortlisted writer Abu Amirah finds pleasure in the written word because of the ability to lose himself in an infectious world filled with characters begging to come to life, metaphors, muse and madness; and amid all this, the power to give the reader permission to laugh, cry, love and hate! Read is shortlisted story…

Writivism Launches Abena Korantemaa & Koffi Addo Non-Fiction Literary Awards


Writivism Launches Abena Korantemaa & Koffi Addo Non-Fiction Literary Awards MAKEDA PR is pleased to announce two new literary awards; The annual  Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Non Fiction by African writers resident in Ghana and The Abena Korantemaa Writivism Prize for Oral History by  African writers and storytellers resident in Ghana to be administered by;…

Pemi Aguda Wins the 2015 Writivism Short Story Prize


The results are out, and the winning story, “Caterer, Caterer”,  is by Nigerian writer Pemi Aguda. The story, along with four others shortlisted for the Prize, is published here. Pemi Aguda writes short stories and flash fiction. Her stories have appeared in The Kalahari Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Prufrock Magazine, The Wrong Quarterly and the…

The Golden Baobab Prizes announce 2014 Judges

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Accra, Ghana – Golden Baobab has announced the judges for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes. Established to inspire the writing and publishing of African stories that captivate the minds of children, the prizes award $20,000 to talented African writers and illustrators. It also offers publishing and training opportunities to its honorees.     The 2014…

Golden Baobab Prizes announce 2014 Shortlisted Writers

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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 of children, the prizes award $20,000 to talented African writers and illustrators. The prize package also includes publishing and training opportunities to honorees. For the…

‘Walls and Borders’ by Ssekandi R Sseguja (Writivism 2014 Shortlist)

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The Jaguar Bus pulled up by the sides of Immigration offices at Katuna border post in Kabale District. Nancy, who was seated at the rear, got up from her seat as the bus turn-boy ordered everyone to make haste. She was now closer to home. She had replayed this scene in her mind countless times in the…