ARTmosterrific is an online platform and community by and for African undergraduates. It runs on five sections, all different and independent from one another: Virtual Residence where 3 college writers are mentored to complete a book of art; the African Prize for Undergraduates awarded every year to a creative African undergraduate; the Biannual Chapbook that works as an anthology, exploring thematic issues in society, the Online Issue/Mag (Prose, Poetry, Essay, Photography), and the Community (with webinars, Book Chat, Bookstore, Physical Conference, etc). Check our General Submission Page for detailed information on each section, and feel free to subscribe to our newsletter.
There is nothing as isolating as writing alone. Being with other people is innate to humanity and consciousness. At a time so isolating as the 21st century, we place much value and emphasis on the African undergraduates. Our investment is in the collective. We meet the need to feel that sense of trust and belonging with fellow writers, to draw upon the gifts of others and also build into others.
Our programmes accentuate our belief. We’ve been doing this not for the recognition or the regard that comes with doing one. No, that’s not it. We are largely inspired, motivated and fueled by the smiles on the faces of our members and in the fulfilment that comes with being in a community like ours. Our directors and members burn passionately for the same cause – which is art and the need for a community of campus creatives.
Writing, reading, and other forms of art are usually solitary. They are borne in and out of silence. But our lives are not always in silence. Sometimes we need certain factors to inform them. One way to make that happen is to connect. At ARTmosterrific, our programmes and opportunities do not only connect but also promote, inform, establish and guide. This we have been doing for three years