Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Jungle Jim seeks stories that explore the "collision between visceral daring of pulp and the reality of living in Africa"

Jungle Jim is a bi-monthly illustrated print publication, aiming on spreading narrative, imagination and concept-driven African stories. Taking from the pulp tradition, we publish short and serialized fiction that entertains and engrosses in all dramatic genres (horror, sci-fi, crime, detective, western, romance, adventure etc.), accessible to all, but with a high quality of writing. We seek to publish stories that explore the collision between visceral daring of pulp and the reality of living in Africa.

Very Short Fiction: 800 – 2000 words
Short Fiction: 2500 – 3500 words
Serialized Fiction: 13000 words (2000-2500 per installment)
True Life: 1500 – 2000 words


Narrative-driven genre or genre clash fiction that is imaginative, provocative and dramatic, drawing on African environments, characters, concepts, culture and myth, whether set in real worlds or those imagined. Extreme language, violence, sex or ideas are welcomed IF they advance the story.


We try and reserve one slot per issue for true-life accounts of unusual first-person experiences (e.g. alien abduction, ghost sightings, near death experiences). These should be transcribed directly and edited from an interview source, capturing the speech and storytelling of the story-teller.


We welcome and encourage submissions in all languages, as long as they are accompanied by an English translation. Where possible we will publish BOTH original language and translation.


Jungle Jim accepts both published and and un-published works, no matter how old. We request a non-exclusive license, and authors retain full-copyright. We are currently unable to pay for contributions, but hope to change this soon.


Electronic submissions only. These should be in MS Word format (.doc, not .docx), 12 pt font.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Allaboutwriting 150 word short story contest

To settle a bar bet, Hemingway wrote the following short story. For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn. He called it his best work. And it proves that you don’t have to blather on endlessly to write something powerful.

It is the inspiration for our June exercise. But we’ve decided to go easy on you. We’re happy to settle for not six, but 150 words.

Here’s the challenge.

Write a 150 word short story that contains the following words: car guard; lover; and shoe.

Best story stands in line to win its author a R200 book voucher from the independent bookshop of your choice. Your deadline is July 7, at 12 noon. Send your submission to

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