Brittle Paper, the go-to site for African writing and literary culture, will turn six in just over three weeks – August 1 – and to celebrate this milestone, it has organised a writing contest.

The contest involves imagining African literature as a romantic partner – boyfriend, girlfriend, side chick, main squeeze, wife, husband, whatever.

Writers are expected to express determination to put things right by re-affirming the love in just 300 words! The contest also encourages writers to explore all genres and scenarios.

The contest is open to everyone: old, youthful, aspiring writer, seasoned writer, African, non-African, etc.

If you read and love African literature, take this chance to say why as it is super-easy to participate.

How to participate:

– Follow Brittle Paper on Twitter at @brittlepaper (include a screen capture)

– Submit writing to brittlecontest@gmail.com. Include your name, address, a phone number, a short bio, and a photograph of yourself.

– Send an attached word document or simply paste in the body of the email.

– Word Count Rule: 3oo-35o (please do not exceed 350).

That’s it!

Added instructions: 

– All entries must have been sent in by July 15.

– The top five will be announced on July 18th.

– Readers will then have a chance to vote for their favourite.

– The winner will be announced on July 31.


Author: Ekpeki Donald Pen Prince

Ekpeki Chovwe Donald styled the PenPrince is a writer and lawyer in equity. He has an unhealthy interest in wit, pun and poetry. When he’s not writing, he’s reading and when he’s not reading, he’s breathing. He breathes words.