Saturday, December 24, 2005

my trousers are longer than yours - an anthology

Chika Unigwe, meanwhile, has had a busy 2005. Her first novel De Feniks was published this year in Belgium - in Dutch; English version is in the works. She will be busier still in the new year. Unigwe is the editor of a forthcoming anthology on the shifting gender roles in the Nigerian family, titled My Trousers Are Longer Than Yours. It will be published by Easter Light EPM International and will include 10 short stories of no less than 3000 words - 5000 words maximum.

The call for submission says it will be : " an anthology of short stories written by Nigerian authors on the real, hypothetical or imagined shifts in gender roles in the Nigerian family. The subject families could be resident in Nigeria or abroad. Authors may approach the story in any way they like: is the Nigerian family still dominated by men or have women taken over and now call the shots? Does an equal partnership exist between Nigerian men and their wives? If authors believe such equal partnerships could build a better society or destroy it, let them explore the themes according to their convictions. Writers are encouraged to be prophetic. Based on current state of affairs in the Nigerian family, what might the typical Nigerian family look like in 10 years time? Is there any thing as a typical Nigerian family? If a story manages all at once to provide a glimpse of the past, the present and the future of the Nigerian family, it could be exceptional."

- Submissions should be typed, double-spaced and sent as a Microsoft Word attachment to: chikaunigwe@yahoo.com. Deadline is July 30, 2006.

Nigerian writers based at home and abroad are eligible to submit stories for consideration. Every author included shall be paid a one-off amount of £50.00 + 2 copies of the book in the first two years, and a royalty of 2% of the list price for any copy of the book sold from the 3rd year onwards. Royalties shall be paid half-yearly. If a second or revised edition appears within the first two years, then the royalties will apply before the 3rd year. Copyright: Eastern Light EPM International shall retain copyright and reprint rights to the stories from the moment they are accepted for publication until March 31, 2008 when the rights should automatically revert to the individual authors.

Eastern Light EPM was set up by Nnorom Azuonye, founder of the Sentinel Poetry Movement.
Further information: easternlightepm@yahoo.com

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