Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SA Writer's College short story competition

SA Writer's College is holding their annual short story competition. Its free to enter for all previously UNPUBLISHED authors. Entries by email only and the deadline is Wednesday April 29 2009. for rules or email

Talent Campus Durban at the 30th Durban International Film Festival

The 30th Durban International Film Festival (22 July - 2 August 2009) is proud to announce the 2nd edition of Talent Campus Durban from 24 - 28 July 2009, an intensive 5-day programme of workshops and seminars delivered by
film professionals to enhance both theoretical and practical approaches to filmmaking. The 2nd Talent Campus Durban theme Roots and Shoots: Creating a New African Cinema will focus activities towards the development of new
partnerships between African filmmakers.

Talent Campus Durban invites filmmakers from Africa to apply to participate in these workshops and seminars, which take place in Durban, South Africa, over five days. In addition to specific activities offered by the Campus, the selected talents will have the opportunity to attend films and events at the 30th Durban International Film Festival.

Deadline for application: 16 March 2009

Full Rules and Regulations can be downloaded from:

For further details: Phone: 031 260 2506/1367 Fax: 031 260 3074
E-mail: or

Talent Campus Durban is produced as a cooperation between the Durban International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus, and Berlin International Film Festival and is supported by the German Embassy in South Africa, the Goethe Institute South Africa and the Department of Economic Development - KwaZulu-Natal.

The Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) with principle funding and support from the National Film & Video Foundation, HIVOS, SABC, Stichting Doen, Department of Economic
Development - KwaZulu-Natal, City of Durban, and the Ethekwini Municipality.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Best African poetry 2009

It's about time that there was something akin to The Best American Poetry Series for the Continent. I can't make any claim to this being the proper vehicle for such an endeavor, but I think it's high time someone tried. So we're going to give it a go.

With your help!

So here are the "rules":

* Please submit no more than five (5) different poems. They can all be by a single author, all by different authors, or some mix thereof.
* Nominated works must have (originally) appeared in print in works with a publication date between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2008 -- as part of a chapbook, single author book, edited collection, newspaper, magazine, or journal. Please do not submit poetry that has only been published online.
* Wherever possible, please submit a pdf of the nominated poems as they appear in print.
* Complete bibliographic information on where the work has appeared should be included with the nomination/s. If the work has been published on the internet as well please include the url.
* Nominations must be received by 1 February 2009.

Email me all nominations and any questions you might have. - mark l lilleleht,

I would like to publish the collected works (and not all nominated works will be included, obviously -- this is intended to be an edited collection) as a chapbook or booklet, to be made available at the African Literature Association conference (15-19 April 2009).

No poems will be reprinted without the permission of the poet (and original publisher where appropriate). Original publication will also be credited. All rights and royalties (though I can't imagine there will be any of the latter) will be negotiated. I hope to be able to give this away for free (poets with works appearing will, of course, receive at least one copy of the final publication).

Publishers are, of course, welcome to nominate works from their catalogs and/or publications.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Applications being accepted for 2009 International Young Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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