Twenty years ago, Laurence Jackson Hyman found a shabby box on his porch. There was no sign of who had left it, nor a return address. After hours of suspicious avoidance, he decided to take a peek. Inside, he found a treasure trove of unpublished tales – by his mother. It was, by all accounts, merely the latest mystery in the history of weird-fiction author Shirley Jackson.
In one of his essays, the late Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe stated that “no one be fooled by the fact that we write in English, for we intend to do unheard-of things with it.” That “we” is, in essence, an authoritative oratorical posture that cast him as a representative of a group, a kindred of writers who — either by design or fate — have adopted English as the language of literary composition. With these words, it seems that to Achebe the intention to do “unheard-of” things with language is a primary factor in literary creation. He is right. And this should be the most important factor.
Alert! Namwali Serpell has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, The Sack. Serpell receives £10 000, while each shortlistee received £500. Listen to and read the winning story here. In an unprecedented move Serpell announced in her acceptance speech that she will be sharing the prize with her fellow shorlistees - a fine ...
If F. Scott Fitzgerald was alive today and writing, his income would be roughly half a million dollars a year. In his prime writing days, Fitzgerald was pulling in well over ten thousand dollars a year on short stories alone....
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