Friday, September 12, 2008

Call for essays on war/conflict experience

Forwarded email:

The Zimbabwean novelist and poet, Chenjerai Hove, and the Nigerian novelist, Okey Ndibe, are co-editing a volume that explores African creative writers' experience of war.

We invite writers poets, short story writers, novelists, journalists and professorss of literature to submit personal essays detailing how a war or connflict has shaped their work or changed their lives.

In addition, we will accept a few analytical essays looking at literary works (fiction, poetry, memoir) inspired by wars or other forms of violent conflicts. Since the projected book will be targeted to a general audience, we welcome essays to avoid overly technical language.

We conceive this as an accessible collection of (mostly) essays by writers reflecting on how conflicts have impinged on their professional practice and lives. We are particularly interested in submissions that dwell on such areas as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Somalia.

The submissions should not exceed 5,000 words.

The deadline is October 31, 2008. Please send manuscripts as attached word documents to Okey Ndibe at okey.ndibe@trincoll.edu. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at the same address.

Okey Ndibe English Department Trinity College 115 Vernon Street Hartford, CT 06106 .

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