African Roar 2014 released!
From the introduction to African Roar 2014:
Writers have a long tradition of breaking new ground, and African writers are no exception to this tradition. We don’t wait for publishers who wait for markets to become established, no, we jump into the deep end and form those markets ourselves. Whether it’s a publishing collective, micro-press, small press, blogs, tweets, magazines, spoken word events, or even handing out photocopies on street corners, we find a way to make ourselves heard. We do this not for some ethereal ideology, but because for us, writing and being read is an imperative no less strong than the act of breathing. It haunts our lives, driving us forward into acts of creativity we couldn’t have dreamed possible had we stopped and instead questioned ourselves into muteness.
Certainly, there is always a place for discussion and constructive criticism, always, but it should never lessen our imperative, our blind impulse. Creativity is an unknown quantity, a wild card in the human story without which we would have bored ourselves into extinction. As writers we understand this intuitively perhaps, we also understand that creativity is a communal experience; it cannot exist in a vacuum.
This is why in a continent as vast as Africa, literature initiatives no matter how small are so needed. In this age there is no longer any excuse to sit back and complain about, no, for every complaint there is an opportunity to go and do something about it—we all have that power as individuals and communally. And indeed this is exactly what many of us are doing across the continent as this is truly a new age for African literature. Gone are the gatekeepers, gone is the time of anyone picking and choosing what our narratives shall be, and gone is the single story. What is left now is for us to but realise it and go forth and get on with it. We have the readers, we have the audience. Africa, despite what anyone may say, is a continent of avid readers in many mediums, and we have a continent of storytellers to match their thirst word for word in all genres conceivable.
It gives me great pleasure to bring to you the fifth African Roar, indeed how time has flown. For five years now Emmanuel Sigauke and I have edited and published some of the most exciting new fiction from African writers—mostly upcoming writers, many of whom now have thriving, even lauded, writing careers. Indeed this was always the idea of StoryTime, to provide an independent Pan-African publishing platform for new voices and explorations, and in this I feel we have succeeded and surpassed our original expectations. - Ed. Ivor W. Hartmann
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African Roar 2014 is volume five of the African Roar annual anthology dedicated to publishing excellent new and original short fiction by emerging and established African writers. Selected from submissions open to all African writers on the continent and abroad. Edited by Ivor W. Hartmann.
Table of Contents:
Introduction - Ivor W. Hartmann
'Flight' Jayne Bauling
'My Wedding Day' Obinna Ozoigbo
'The Side Dish' Edwin P. Magezi
'Beth's Aid' Tabitha Wanja Mwangi
'Talking to a Lizard' Obinna Udenwe
'Coming Home in a Box' Olorunfunmi Demilade Temitope
'The Bell Not Touched' Nonso Uzozie
'Spinoza's Monad' Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso
'A Salute to Safety Sam' Tendai Machingaidze
Ivor W. Hartmann, Zimbabwean writer, editor, publisher, visual artist, and author of Mr. Goop (Vivlia, 2010). Nominated for the UMA Award (‘Earth Rise’, 2009), awarded The Golden Baobab Prize (‘Mr. Goop’, 2009), and finalist for The Yvonne Vera Award (‘A Mouse amongst Men’, 2011). His writing has appeared in African Writing Magazine, Wordsetc, Munyori Literary Journal, Something Wicked, The Apex Book of World SF V2, and other publications. He runs the StoryTime micro-press, publisher of the African Roar annual anthologies and AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers anthology, and is on the advisory board of Writers International Network Zimbabwe.
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02 October 2014
African Roar 2014 released!
16 September 2014
"This was Chiedza’s first catwalk and she was pregnant with anxiety. The roar of the crowd like a thousand bees in her brain pummelled through the skin curtains leading to the great hall and the runway that bisected it... Read the full story here.
02 August 2014
African Roar 2014
Table of Contents
Flight - Jayne Bauling
My Wedding Day - Obinna Ozoigbo
The Side Dish - Edwin P. Magezi
Beth's Aid - Tabitha Wanja Mwangi
Talking to a Lizard - Obinna Udenwe
Coming Home in a Box - Olorunfunmi Demilade Temitope
The Bell Not Touched - Nonso Uzozie
Spinoza's Monad - Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso
A Salute to Safety Sam - Tendai Machingaidze
Cover artwork 'Spirit of Hope' by Victor Mavedzenge (http://www.mavedzenge.com/)
23 July 2014
"A Mouse Amongst Men" selected for The 20 in Twenty: The Best Short Stories of South South Africa’s Democracy. Very happy and humbled to be selected for inclusion amongst such awesome writers whose works I greatly admire (like Zukiswa Wanner, Niq Mhlongo, Sarah Lotz, Ivan Vladislavic, and Siphiwo Mahala, to name a few). Many thanks to Tiah Beautement (SSDA), Ben Williams (BL), Minister for Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, and the judges Fiona Snyckers, Karabo Kgoleng, Mandla Langa, and Mtutuzeli Matshoba.
17 October 2013
Title: African Roar 2013
Editor: Emmanuel Sigauke
Release: 16th October 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9870089-8-5 (Ebook Edition)
Table of Contents:
"Home" Alison S. Erlwanger
"Business as Usual" Jayne Bauling
"Salvation in Odd Places" Aba Amissah Asibon
"The Faces of Fate" Abdulghani Sheikh Hassan
"In Bramble Bushes" Dipita Kwa
"Transitions" Barbara Ruwende-Mhangami
"A Yoke for Companionship" Andiswa Maqutu
"The Puppets of Maramudhu" Dilman Dila
"Through The Same Gate" Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire
"The Spaces in-between" A.B. Doh
"Anti Natal" Mike Ekunno
"Green Eyes and an Old Photo" Ola Nubi
"Cut It Off" Lydia Matata
20 December 2012
African Roar 2012 ebook edition released today and available at all Amazon sites worldwide:
08 December 2012
Editors: Emmanuel Sigauke & Ivor W. Hartmann
Title: African Roar 2012
Release: Dec. 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9870089-7-8 (Ebook Edition)
African Roar 2012, an annual anthology of African Authors.
Table of Contents:
'Sethunya Likes Girls Better' Wame Molefhe
'We Can See You' Abdul Adan
'How Nnedi Got Her Curved Spine' Nnedi Okorafor
'Soldiers of the Stone' Uko Bendi Udo
'The Revenge of Kamalaza Mayele' Vukani G. Nyirenda
'The Colours of Silence' Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu
'Sheltering Hearts' Gothataone Moeng
'You Smile' Chika Onyenezi
'A Mouse Amongst Men' Ivor W. Hartmann
'The Shady Taxi Driver' Hana Njau-Okolo
'Bottle' Dawn Promislow
30 November 2012
It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of the AfroSF eBook editon now available on Amazon.
It has been a real honour to edit and publish AfroSF, the very first pan-African SciFi anthology. I am proud of all the stories in this anthology and the remarkable journey we have made together to publish it. I couldn't have imagined an anthology of this strength, uniqueness, and quality of work, when I first embarked on this project in 2011 with nothing more than a hope and a dream. We have created an anthology that will forever be in the history books of African literature, and literature as a whole. We have broken a long-standing majority silence when it comes to writing about our future from our African perspective. I truly hope many more African writers will be greatly emboldened to follow suit, to envision any and all futures that we quite rightly have something to say about, and a say in, as African people.
08 November 2012
I have done some interviews for AfroSF and one on editing recently:
The first one was with Dave De Burgh, one of the contributors in AfroSF, and the first in a series about the anthology and the contributors: Africa Rising: AfroSF – Science Fiction by African Writers (Edited by Ivor W. Hartmann)
The second was with author and editor Nerine Dorman: AfroSF with Ivor W. Hartmann
And the third with Cristy Zinn, also an AfroSF contributor, about editing, well how I edit anyway: Cristy Zinn: Ivor Hartmann