The second annual Short Story Day Africa is on the 20th of June and is rolling out internationally.

So Black Letter Media and Poetry Potion are teaming up to participate by getting YOU reading and writing! Black Letter Media is passionate about getting you to read work by independent publishers. Poetry Potion is passionate about the growth and development of poetry. And in tune with keeping things short, here’s how you can participate in this challenge:

A Short Story and a Short Poem

We want to publish a collection of short stories and short poems on the 20th of June, in ebook format and print on demand. We’re accepting stories from all over Africa. You have a choice, you can write a poem or a story or both.

  • Short Story length – maximum 2000 words (min 1000 words)
  • Poem length – 30 lines or less.
  • Please include a short biography (no more than 200 words), a photograph of yourself, and any links to your author website/books pages or blog, or your publishers site. Links will be authenticated, and any links to other sites will mean your work will not appear.
  • Submit in a word document.

DEADLINE: 12pm, 18 June 2012

send queries and/or stories to: [email protected] or submit here

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  1. Are all poems have to be written in English or you can use any language of your choice?

    1. Hi Mthunzikazi

      You can submit in any language of your choice. I do however request that you submit either an English translation or a paragraph (in English) explaining what the poem is about. This will be published along with the poem.

      Please do let me know if you have any other question.


      Duduzile Mabaso

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