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18 May 2015

More Opportunities For Writers


A chance to meet the poets John Eppel (left) and Togara Muzanenhamo


Friday May 22nd & Saturday May 23rd 2015; 5 pm & 7 pm on both days: Panel discussion & Play Show - Topic: “Zimbabwe Dramatic Writing: Is it dead?” this discussion will be facilitated by the Almasi Collaborative Arts as part of the Almasi African Playwrights Festival that began May11th  and scheduled to end on May 22nd 2015. Venue: Zimbabwe German Society, 51 Lawson Avenue, Milton Park, Harare. Free to interested members of the public.





Dear All


On behalf of the Executive Board of The Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association, I wish to advise that the approved Theme for 2015 is – Growing the Knowledge Economy through Research, Writing, Publishing and Reading. We are, therefore, pleased to announce that the dates for The Zimbabwe International Book Fair have been set for 27 July – 1 August 2015 while The Indaba Conference is slated for 27 and 28 July.
In arriving at this Theme, the Executive Board took into account the many diverse recommendations made by participants at the conclusion of the 2014 Indaba and extracted the general spirit of those recommendations in order to determine this Theme.

The subject of Creative Industries and the Knowledge Economy is a vast contemporary phenomenon that cuts across all forms of creativity, storytelling, writing, publishing, architecture, graphics, dancing, technology, theatre, the film industry, motivational speaking, advertising etc.  Our view is that it is time we engaged this illuminating contemporary subject which would more than adequately address the interests of a vast majority of our stakeholders and bolster the impact of the arts and humanities research in the creative economy, at large where the new digital revolutions beckon ceaselessly for those eager to exploit the opportunities they offer.

We live in an age where it is easy to lose sight of the interconnectedness of human activities where the quest for knowledge, its application and propagation is not always linked; where the arts appear disparate from discipline to discipline and are encouraged to remain scattered entities uninformed by a common spirit; where creative writing and research are not accorded their complimentary nature and where literary skills are only seen as the raw materials of publishing industries rather than complimentary activities in the advancement of knowledge; where the Internet and social networks have yet to be appreciated as not just platforms for the communication of fellow feelings among groups but as fora for exchange and dissemination of knowledge and even publication of creative products; and even more critically, where the potential for marketing and selling of individual productions for economic benefit have yet to be fully appreciated.


Abstracts of not more than 500 words and inquiries shall be received at the following email addresses: copy up to 22 May 2015 for reviewing by the ZIBF Indaba organizers and will be reviewed anonymously. Please note that the topics provided below are meant as guidelines and so presenters are at liberty to submit Abstracts that best fit the spirit of the given Theme.  Selected participants shall be notified by 5 June 2015 for development of their full conference papers. The final Papers should be submitted to the above e-mail addresses by 30 June 2015.

                1.  What do We Need to Know About the Creative Economy?
  2.   Non Fiction Writing
                3.  Adding Value to Creative Writing in the Age of Digital Revolutions and Social Media
                4.   Who needs Academic Writing?
                5.   Research, Writing and the Creative Industries

                1.   Place of the Book Value Chain in the Book Industry
                2.   Book Marketing Across Africa: What Went Wrong?
                3.   Incentivizing Reading, Publishing, Sale and Distribution for African Books
                4.   Channel Structure, Management and Design Issues
                5.   Black and Grey Markets
                6.   Ethical Practices
                7.   Roles of MOPSE as Customer Regulator

1.       Book Selection, Procurement and Distribution
2.       Language Policy and Democratization of Creativity and Knowledge
3.       Literacy Without Reading – an African Curse
4.       Mediating Between Creativity and Censorship
5.       Towards a Reading Culture

1.       The Importance of IP Law in Safeguarding the Knowledge Economy
2.       Models of Success in Fighting Piracy/in the Anti-Piracy Fight
3.       IP in the Digital Space
4.       Free Access to and Exchange of Knowledge versus the Demands of Copyright

                1.   Libraries in the Promotion of Development
                2.   The Virtual Library of Knowledge Systems
                3.   Archiving in the Digital Era
                4.   Promoting Literate Environments

                1.   The Changing Face of Publishing in Africa
                2.   Writing and Publishing for the Challenged
                3.   Digitization of African Knowledge, Science and Medicine
                4.   Research on Patterns of Writing, Publishing and Reading in Zimbabwe and Africa
                5.   Digital Publishing

Musaemura B Zimunya
Chair, Executive Board, Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association

                          SHORT STORY WRITING COMPETITION


In 2015, we are calling for stories on the theme of Water.
Deadline 31 July. 
1st Prize R10 000 | 2nd Prize R2 000 | 3rd Prize R1 000
The Judges: Billy Kahora | Mary Watson | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Prize winners will also win an online creative writing course from All About Writing. 

1st Prize Sponsor to be announced. 2nd Prize Sponsored by Books Live. 3rd Prize Sponsored by SSDA Staff. 

Terms and conditions of entry
  1. Any African citizen or person part of the African diaspora, as well as persons residing permanently (granted permanent residence or similar) in any African country, may enter.
  2. Writers of all ages are welcome to enter.
  3. Only writers 18 and over are eligible to win cash prizes.
  4. Writers may only submit one story for the competition. Repeat entries by the same writer will be disqualified.
  5. Writers are welcome to submit stories in any fiction genre.
  6. Stories must be between 3000 and 5000 words in length.
  7. Stories must be submitted in English. While you are free to incorporate other languages into your story, the story must be able to be understood fully by its English content.
  8. Stories must be submitted as a .doc (or similar) attachment to, subject line WATER, by 11:59pm CAT on 31 July 2015. Late entries or stories not attached in an appropriate manner will not be accepted.
  9. To facilitate easy reading and judging, please format your stories according to the standard manuscript format stipulated below. Stories not formatted in this way are at the risk of being disqualified.
  10. Stories must not have been previously published in any form or any format.
  11. Simultaneous submissions are not welcome. Any story entered or published elsewhere during the course of judging or publication will be disqualified.
  12. You are welcome to enter under a pseudonym or nom de plume, as long as you also include your real name along with your entry. (Guidelines on how to handle this in your entry can be found in the standard manuscript format below.)
  13. All entries will be judged anonymously, i.e. with names removed.
  14. The judges' decision is final.
  15. By submitting a story the author attests that it is their own original work and grants non-exclusive global print and digital rights to Short Story Day Africa; non-exclusive digital rights to Worldreader to publish individual stories on Worldreader Mobile; and non-exclusive global print and digital rights to Short Story Day Africa and BooksLive for publicity purposes.
  16. By entering, the author agrees to allowing Short Short Story Day Africa to include their entry in an anthology should it be selected by the judges; and to working with editors to get their story publication ready.
  17. We will not share your personal information with anyone. We will, however, add you to Short Story Day Africa mailing list for the sole purpose of informing you of next year’s event.

Standard manuscript format
If you submit manuscripts to publishers or agents, you've probably come across the demand that you use “standard manuscript format” (or “SMF”) for your submissions. It isn't always spelled out what this means, however. Generally speaking, the term indicates that you should format your document with the following guidelines in mind:
  • Type your document, using a single, clear font, 12-point size, double-spaced. The easiest font to use is Times New Roman, or a similar serif font.
  • 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 of your story halfway down the page, centred, with a byline underneath. Start the story beneath that.
  • If you write under a pseudonym, put that beneath the title – but remember to include your real name in the top left of the first page.
  • 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. Generally, you can also just use a keyword from your title and not repeat the whole thing on each page.
  • Left-justify your paragraphs.
  • Ensure there is at least a 1 inch or 2 centimetre margin all the way around your text. This is to allow annotation to be written onto a printed copy.
  • Indent each new paragraph by about 1/2 inch or 1 centimetre, except for the first line of the story or the first line of a new scene. 
  • Don’t insert extra lines between your paragraphs. A blank line indicates a new scene.
  • Put the word “End” after the end of your text, centred, on its own line.
  • If you are printing out your submission (rather than submitting it electronically), print on plain white paper, on only one side of each sheet. Don't staple your pages together or bind them in any way, but package them up well so that they won't get damaged and send them off.
It’s always worth checking the exact requirements of any publication or competition you submit to, but if they don't specify any formatting requirements, or just say “standard manuscript format”, follow these guidelines.
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