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By Nyana Kakoma | July 5th, 2016


Save The Dates:

1. Femrite (Uganda Women Writers Association) is celebrating 20 years this year! One of the activities to celebrate this milestone will be an international conference. The conference will be held at the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda from July 28 to 30 2016. To register for the conference, international participants are required to pay $200 and Ugx150,000 for the national particiants. For details, call +256-414 543 943 or email info.femrite@gmail.com

2. The 2016 Writivism festival will be held at The Uganda Museum from August 22 to 28, 2016. Running for the fourth year, the festival will have over 60 events around the theme: Restoring Connections. 12 new books will be launched at the event, and over 25 titles will be featured in various events including special book-signing sessions. The speakers’ list includes writers and creatives from more than 10 countries, with work across various art forms. The festival will also include  a stage play, a film screening, a photography exhibition, school visits, workshops, readings, panel discussions, Long Story Short performances, a Readers Awards evening and Writivism prize awards among other events. To reach Writivism for details on the festival, call: +256787818132 / +256702038098, email: info@writivism.com / watsonkuema@gmail.com, Facebook: Writivism Literary Initiative / The Writivism Festival and Twitter Writivism / CACEAfrica.

3. The 2016 Babishai Poetry Festival will take place at Maria’s place in Ntinda from August 24 to 26. The festival will be running for it’s second year. For more details, email festival@babishainiwe.com or call +256 751 703226. Check out their website for updates on the festival and the festival programme.

Are you writing?

4. You have up to 31st July to submit your story for the Short story Day Africa Prize. The theme this year is Migrations:

From our ancestors’ first forays through the continent, to the contemporary diaspora spread around the world, people are eternally moving in, out and about the African continent. Not everyone leaves out of their own volition, and not everyone comes with the best intentions: nevertheless, the story of Africa is the story of souls migrating, settling, unsettling, fleeing, seeking, resting, nesting and sharing stories, experiences and myths.

Check out the details on how to submit, terms and conditions of entry and the manuscript format here: SSDA Prize: Migration 

5. You can now apply for a Miles Morland writing scholarship. Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the Foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction may receive a grant of up to £27,000, paid over a period  of up to eighteen months. The deadline for submission is October 31 2016. All the details you need can be found here: Miles Morland Writing Scholarship


6. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the American election: The Arrangements: A work of fiction

7. NoViolet Bulawayo’s: His Middle Name Was Not Jesus

Have a lovely week and Eid Mubarak!

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