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Book Launch – Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts by Zukiswa Wanner

The Cheeky Natives will be in conversation with Zukiswa Wanner.

Event details:

  • date: 3 March 2018
  • time: 14:30 for 15:00
  • venue: African Flavour Books, Braamfontein, 20 Melle Street
  • RSVP by 28 February by email

Pre-Order the book at a discounted prices before 2 March on:


In Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts, Zukiswa Wanner faces the challenges of travelling by road and crossing several borders while being a Zambian-born South African who lives in Kenya but her irreverent humour and uncanny ability to connect and make friends wherever she goes, serves her well.

2016 was a year she wanted to celebrate in style, and when her son came home and told her about yet another international school trip, an idea began to form. Why not take a road trip through several countries to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the publication of her debut novel, The Madams, with a book tour as well as her fortieth birthday. Best of all, she would bond with her partner and son before her writing took her off to Europe for months.

With this sixth book, Wanner shows off an Africa that we rarely see. Throughout the journey she reflects on what it means to be a writer in a world that isn’t quite sure what it is that she does while discovering that people are hungry for more African stories but access is a big challenge.

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Hardly Working

Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts by Zukiswa Wanner
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EAN: 978-0-9870198-1-3
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Call for Submissions – Poetry Potion 13 (CLOSED)

“Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is constant transformation.” 
-Nia Peeples

This call asks for submissions that speak of transformation. Personal and universal. It speaks of the new and evolved, the upgraded or reimagined. What transformation have you undergone? What transformations have you facilitated? Who facilitated your transformation? What was your process of metamorphosis? What was the outcome?

The Theme is:



Poets are encouraged to submit no more than three poems. Please refer to our submissions guidelines to ensure that you submit correctly. We are looking for new poems- poems that have not been published elsewhere.(Poems published on Facebook Twitter and Instagram are considered published)

The best poems will interpret the theme in a refreshing and unique way. The selected poems will avoid the standard and mundane. It will explore the creative use of language, subtle complexities, and include form (stanza, rhyme syntax aesthetic language etc).The best poems will inspire the reader. It will transform the reader. It will describe the process of transformation to the reader. It will present the transformed in all its newness.

Deadline 11 February 2018 11:59

To submit poems visit Make sure to familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines before submitting.

For queries, please comment below or on our Facebook page or via Twitter or send an email.

Do not submit poems via email.


Black Letter Media Announces the Short Story Competition Winners!

We are excited and proud to announce the winner of the annual short story competition themed “The People Shall…”

Mary Ononokpono


The winning story wins R5000. The second runner-up, which wins R1500, is:

Osemegbe Aito


The third runner-up, which wins R500, is:

Tina Chiwashira

Tanganyika ABCs


Mary Ononokpono, Osemegbe Aito, Tina Chiwashira (images courtesy of the author)

The winning stories as well as the shortlisted stories will be published in the annual anthology “The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol.3” which is edited by Thabo Jijana.

For more information, judges comments and purchases visit the Black Letter Media

The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 3

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The Short Story is Dead, Long Live The Short Story! Volume 2

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  • The Short Story is Dead, Long Live The Short Story! Volume 2 by Obinna Udenwe, Mapule Mohulatsi, Thato Magano, Nkosithandile Peme, Evan Morris, Pamela Moeng
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The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol. 1

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The Short Story is Dead (vol 3) Shortlist is Announced!

BLM LogoAfter much deliberation, we present you with the shortlisted stories for the 3rd volume of our annual anthology of short fiction, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story.

As with our previous instalments of The Short Story is Dead, we have had the pleasure of engaging with the promising work of some of the emergent writers from the continent; all the stories to be published in this year’s volume reaffirm our belief in the necessity of affording young African writers an opportunity to add their own voices to the ever cacophonous debates that seek to question our present and future.

The following stories have been shortlisted:


Rudo by Eliza Mabuza (South Africa)

The Scent of Living Wills by Michel Tumuhimbise (Uganda)

Tanganyika ABCs by Tina Chiwashira (Zimbabwe)

Petrichor by Osemegbe Aito (Nigeria)

Firewater by Mary Ononokpono (Nigeria)

Eye Color by Mwikali Mutune (Kenya)


Thank you very much to everyone who entered and congratulations to all the writers who made the shortlist – the range of themes and overall quality of the entries continues to greatly impress us.

The winners will be announced at a launch of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story (Vol. 3) in late 2017. We will announce the date soon. The winning short story will receive R5 000, and the second and third runner-up stories will receive R1 500 and R500 respectively.


Pre-order The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2

Pre-order The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2 before 4 March and pay only R125. After the 4th, the price will be R150. The Pre-order promotion is only for print edition, however this volume will also be available as an ebook.

Featuring, the winning story:

Men Are Fools by Obinna Udenwe

And the two stories that were runner-up:

A Night To Remember by Christine Coates

Circles by Mapule Mohulatsi

And these shortlisted stories:

Water by Stephen Embleton

The Wam Bam Man by Adaobi Okwy

For My Brother by Nkosinathi Peme

The Silence of The Morning by Gugu Mary Tizita McLaren

Parallels of Yesterday by Thato Magano

Lasanian Tonic by Evan Morris

Nowhere Man by Pamela Moeng

 Exorcising Betty by Khalid Salleh

For more information about this Title and more of our books, contact us via email.

Mark Bould reviews A Killing in the Sun for Los Angeles Review of Books

AKillingintheSunBookI was so excited to hear about this review from Rachel Zadok. As she said, this is great for South African indie publishing and excellent for African SF.

Dilman is a great storyteller and as a publisher I’m happy that this work is getting the recognition it deserves.

Mark Bould has reviewed Dilman Dila’s A Killing in the Sun for the Los Angeles Review of books.

Dila, an award-winning Ugandan filmmaker, is also the author of what may well be the first single-author collection of African SF. The 10 stories in A Killing in the Sun are almost perfectly poised between the robustness of genre fiction and the more literary concern with ambiguity so frequently evident in Terra Incognita. Dila’s fiction returns repeatedly to the intersections of SF and fantasy, science and belief, superstition and traditional/indigenous knowledge, and to the intersectionality of identity.

Terra Incognita, edited by Nerine Dorman and published by Short Story Day Africa, was also reviewed.

Terra Incognita is not only the most accomplished of the African SF anthologies published so far but also undoubtedly the most literary, an intention signaled by Dorman’s decision to plump for “speculative fiction” as the “SF” of her subtitle.

Dilman also had a story in this collection  “How My Father Became a God,” which Bould says “is one of the strongest stories in the collection.”

read the rest of the review on the LARB website

Follow Dilman’s work on his blog here.

 A Killing In The Sun is available in print and ebook format from Amazon, Createspace and Smashwords. Enquiries for direct orders can be sent to us at

call for poetry submissions: Poetry Potion #9


To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palms of your hand
And eternity in an hour.

William Blake

Print quarterly number nine will be titled:

infinite wonders

This is a call for poetry, essays, visual art and interviews… read more on Poetry Potion

Call for Submissions: The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story – volume two

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Okello’s Honeymoon by Dilman Dila – Friday the 13th Story

Available online, only for today, is Dilman Dila’s short story, Okello’s Honeymoon. this story is featured in Dilman Dila’s debut short story collection A Killing in the Sun.

I proposed to Meg at the lakeside. We were sitting on a rock that jutted out onto the water, watching the sun drop behind a half-submerged canoe. The waves sang as they crashed onto the shore. Birds chirped as they hunted for fish. Mosquitoes and lake flies buzzed around us. It was just the two of us in the wilderness. I took out the ring and held it in front of her. It gleamed in the dying light of the day, like a true diamond, though it was a cheap aluminum piece of artwork that a friend had fashioned for me. She said yes.

It struck me as odd that I had proposed to a girl whose family I had never met. She said they lived in Merikit, a small town ten miles from my home, and that I would meet them during the kwanjula, the traditional marriage ceremony where I would pay her father a dowry. I brushed aside the alarm bells, and trusted everything she told me. I was madly in love… click here to read more.

A Killing in the Sun

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A Killing In The Sun Author, Dilman Dila is coming to SA

dilman berlinale talents 2014We’re so pleased to announce that Dilman Dila will be in SA from the 12th of March till the 21st to speak at the Goethe Institut’s Literary Crossroads and at the UKZN CCA’s 18th Time of the Writer Festival.

details here

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