African writers’ experience of war

The Nigerian novelist, Okey Ndibe and the Zimbabwean novelist and poet, Chenjerai Hove are co-editing a volume that explores African writers’ experience of war.

They are inviting writers, poets, short story writers, novelists, journalists and professors of literature to submit personal essays detailing how a war or conflict has shaped their work or changed their lives.

Ndibe and Hove will also accept a few analytical essays looking at literary works (fiction, poetry, memoir) inspired by wars or other forms of violent conflicts.

Ndibe says that since the projected book will be targeted to a general audience, such essays should avoid overly technical language.

“We conceive this as an accessible collection of (mostly) essays by writers reflecting on how conflicts have impinged on their professional practice and lives.”

He adds that they are particularly interested in submissions that dwell on such areas as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Somalia.

The submissions should not exceed 5,000 words and the deadline is October 31, 2008.

Interested writers are being asked to send their manuscripts as attached word documents to Okey Ndibe at his Trinity College email address.

“If you have any questions, please e-mail me at the same address,” Ndibe says.

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