Fiction Writing Workshop

December 20, 2007

Kwani Trust will run a fiction writing workshop from January 31 to February 20, 2007. The workshop will have three hour interactive sessions held twice a week in Nairobi.

To participate in this workshop please send a manuscript of between 2,500 and 5000 words to or post to P.O. Box 2895, 00100 Nairobi for review.

The deadline for submission is January 7th, 2008. Entries sent after this date will not be accepted. Selection for participation in the fiction workshop will be based on the strength of the manuscripts submitted and the individual’s availability to attend the workshop.

The selected participants will be contacted by January 14, 2008.

Ndanu Mungala Wins Poetry Competition

November 28, 2007


Winners of the To be a Man poetry competition organised by Kwani Trust were announced on Saturday November 17, 2007 at a public ceremony held at the Godown Arts Centre.

The three short listed poets were introduced to the audience by Chief Judge, John Sibi-Okumu, after which their poems were read. These were Poeisiapoa Njeris Facing Jeevanjee Garden, Samuel Munenes Mercy, dont you understand that I am a man? and Ndanu Mungalas Breaking Through.

The event also featured performances by four Kwani? Poets: Njeri Wangari, Leon Kiptum, Cindy Ogana, June Wambui and Dennis Inkwa. The crowd was then entertained by popular hip-hop duo Wakamba Wawili.

The winner of the competition was Ndanu Mung’ala, who received the grand prize of 1000 US dollars; in second position was Samuel Munene with Poeisiapoa Njeri taking third place, wining prizes of 500 and 250 US dollars respectively. It turned out that Poeisiapoa Njeri was the pen name used by politician and activist Philo Ikonya.

Also present at the event were judges Muthoni Garland and Garnette Oluoch-Olunya. Representing the Ford Foundation’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa were two Programme Officers Dr. Joyce Nyairo and Dr. Willy Mutunga.

This competition was held to encourage the emergence of nuanced and contemporary poetry that asks questions about masculinity and gender in a changing world.

Plans are underway to publish a poetry anthology, incorporating the winning and other select entries, on the To Be a Man theme. based on the theme To be a Man.

Call for Short Story Submissions: Tell Tales Volume IV

November 20, 2007

Submissions for Tell Tales Volume IV: The Global Village are now open. We are seeking original and diverse short stories by UK-based writers, published or otherwise.

Submission criteria:
• Stories should be no more than 2,500 words in length and should not have been previously published.
• Stories should incorporate the theme or phrase ‘The Global Village’.
• Submissions should be sent to or

• Each story should be double-spaced
• Submissions must reach us by: Feb 28th, 2008.
Tell Tales is an independent collective devoted to promoting the short story form and publishing innovative new literature alongside well-known writers. Founded by Courttia Newland and Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Tell Tales has not only published three acclaimed anthologies, we have also extensively toured the UK with unique live literature events using our ‘sound-scapes’..
Tell Tales Volume I, edited by Courttia Newland and Nii Ayikwei Parkes and released in May 2004, included authors such as Matt Thorne, Niall Griffiths and Rajeev Balasubramanyam, reached #4 on the best-selling anthologies list and has remained in the Top 200 ever since, making it one of the most consistently ordered anthologies in the UK. Tell Tales Volume II, edited by Rajeev Balasubramanyam and Courttia Newland, included contributions from literary heavyweights such as; Orange Futures winner Rachel Trezise, Booker Prize finalist Romesh Gunesekera, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize winner Kamila Shamsie as well as Maggie Gee, who was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2002. The book garnered coverage in the Sunday Times, Time Out, the Guardian and on several web-based journals. Tell Tales III, co-edited by Julia Bell and Nii Ayikwei Parkes (nominated #5 on Amazon charts) included stories from 100-story-guru Nicholas Royle and Pushcart Prize-nominated Kay Sexton
Tell Tales IV will be edited by Monique Roffey and Courttia Newland

Poetry Contest Winners

November 14, 2007

You wrote the poems and now the judges have spoken. Three finalists of the just ended “To be a Man” poetry competition will be announced on Saturday 17th November at a public event to be held at Nairobi’s Godown Arts Centre.
The Chief Judge, John Sibi-Okumu, will make the announcement at the event which will feature a performance of the winning poems. Kwani? Poets will also showcase their work, followed by traditional Swahili music.
The event will run from 7-9pm.
Entry is free.
Visit the Facebook page for this event

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