The Story Club Malawi, in partnership with Malawian publisher Panafrica Publishers Ltd., has announced an open submission for its upcoming anthology IMAGINE AFRICA 500. The anthology will collect short stories set in Africa in 2515:
“We urge writers from all over the African continent and in diaspora to give us their dreams, their dreads, their hopes, their fictions about the future in Africa in 500 years from now.”
To participate, submit your short story to email@example.com by midnight on 15 March 2015. There is no set theme or genre – stories can be written on any subject, but must be about Africa and set 500 years in the future. Authors must be born in Africa, or nationals of an African country, or have African parents.
Stories must be written in English, original and unpublished. Stories must be between 3000 and 3500 words in length, and authors must also submit a short biography of themselves (300 words maximum). The 10 best short submitted works will be published in the anthology shortly thereafter.
1. Submission deadline is March 15, 2015 at 12:00 midnight.
2. A short story of between 3000 – 3500 words.
3. Must be in English
4. The story must be un published
5. on any subject but it should be about Africa and set 500 years from now
6. The authors must be born in Africa, or nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.
7. Authors must submit a short biography of themselves. 300 words maximum
8. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Submission is limited to two stories per author
10. All submission should be in Microsoft Word; Use a single, clear font, 12 point size. The best to use is Times New Roman.
11. Use clear black text on a white background.
12. Include your name and contact information at the top left of the first page. Put an accurate word count at the top right. Put the title half-way down the page, centred, with “by Your Name” underneath. Start the story beneath that.
13. Put your name, story title and the page number as a right-justified header on every subsequent page, in the format Name/Title/Page Number.
14. Left-justify your paragraphs. Right margins should be “ragged”.
15. The Story Club is a new initiative in Malawi and is currently not funded; we hope to use the funds realized from this publication to publish subsequent anthologies. As such we will not be able to pay writers for accepted submissions.
16. By participating the authors are permitting the Story Club to submit the stories to such competitions as the Caine Prize and other available prizes.
17. All copy rights remain with the writer.