The Briefing: Ten Trending News in the Writing World

1. Caine Prize: Irenosen Okojie wins the prestigious AKO Caine Prize for African writing with her story “Grace Jones”. The £10,000 prize named after the late sir Michael Caine is awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English. Congratulations to the Nigerian-born writer!

2. The Death of Vivek Oji: is the third novel published by Akwaeke Emezi after Freshwater and Pet. The novel, dropped on the 4th, is about what Vivek’s family doesn’t see— or doesn’t want to see— while he is alive, and whether or not that blindness contributes to his death (NYTimes Books). Happy Book Birthday to the author!

3. Black Is King: Beyoncé’s new visual album Black Is King features poems by Warsan Shire and Yrsa Daley-Ward. While Warsan Shire’s poetry was featured, Yrsa Daley-Ward was, however, credited as a writer on the album. Kudos to both African poets!

4. #TheSealeyChallenge: Named after Nicole Sealey, it starts on August 1st of every year. A call to read 31 poetry books and/or chapbooks for 31 days. This year’s version started with discounts and promo code from journals and stores. You sure want to hop in while it’s still ongoing. Don’t miss it! 

5. Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story/Comic: Nnedi Okorafor whose graphic novel ” La Guardia” won the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album, was awarded, a week after, the Hugo Award for Best Graphics Story/Comic. Double bliss to the Naijaamerican!

6. One Magazine, One Press: Isele Magazine founded by Ukamaka Olisakwe and Iskanchi Press also founded by Kenechi Uzor both announced the start of their operations. They joined a train of literary outposts with the sole aim of amplifying the voices of African creatives. More power as they go forth!

7. K & L Prize for Africanfuturism: Kanyinsola Olorunisola is the winner of the K & L Prize for Africanfuturism with his story “Abija, the Architect of Mayhem”. The $1000 continental prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished short fiction to an African resident writer. Well done, Kanyinsola!

8. Sundress Chapbook Competition: Ugochukwu Damian Okpara’s chapbook, I Know the Origin of My Tremor, is selected as a runner-up for Sundress Chapbook Competition and will receive the $100 Editor’s Award. Congratulations to the poet!

9. SprinNG Women Author Prize: The judges for the SprinNG Women Author Prize have been announced. They are Mona Zutshi Opubor, I.S Jones, Eketi Edima Ette and Hauwa Shafii Nuhu. The Prize aims to discover and promote female Nigerian authors who have a book in print. Submit here!

10. Ode to Mother Tongue: The winners of the June/July 2020 edition of the bi-monthly Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (BPPC) are Olowo Qudus Opeyemi, Ude Vivian Chidimma and Abah Abah Oyagaba. The edition was themed ‘Mother Tongue’. Kudos to everyone!

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