The following stories have been selected by the editorial team as a longlist for the Naijastories Anthology. In the next few weeks, the writers will receive notifications from the NS admin and on a positive reply, they will go on to sign contracts. The writers will then work with our editors to polish their stories to our anthology standard. Writers and stories that make it successfully to the end of the stage will be included into the anthology.
Nnamdi – Sonia Osi
What Theophilus Did – Gboyega Otolorin
Illusions of Hope – Ola Awonubi
If Tears Could Speak – Salamatu Suleiman
To-Chi: Two Straws In A Bottle - Remi Oyeyemi
Devil Sent – Afronuts
Seeing Off Kisses – John Ugoji
Rule Number One – Uche Okonkwo
Electronic Freedom – Emmanuel Iduma
It’s Not that Easy – Lawal Opeyemi Isaac
Tales from Los Angeles – Uko Bassey
American Visa – Double Espresso
The Writer’s Cinema – Bankole Banjo
The Totem – Fred Nwonwu.
Doo’s room by Onyinye
The Confrontation by Estrella
Do you want a revolution by Ce Ug
Looking out the window by Richard ali
Dirty business by Tola Odejayi
Homecoming by Yetitweets
Little Memories by Jane Iwenofu
Ibukun: Memoirs of a Black James Bond by Tobi Coker
Jesus of sports Hall by Lulu
Best Laid plans by Kay9
Double Trouble by Wordsmythe
Abandoned by Myne Whitman
When luck runs out – Geebee
For want of a nail – Ummi Mai surutu
Every wrinkle is a story – Pyneapples
Nothing Good – Kiah
The Glimpse In The Mirror – Yejide Kilanko
The Old Man In Our Neighbourhood – Loneranger
Liquid Blue – Jefsaraurmax
Kissing Hadiza – Mr. C
Mary’s Land – Kemmy
Checkpoint – Raymond
Omoboja – Lade
Out of the Blue – Marya Kudos
Rachel’s Hero – Henry Onyema
Wiping Halima’s Tears – Elly Turtoe
Love, Irony and the Last Laugh - Lara B
Admiral John Bull – Addy Bardust
Four Weeks of Pain – Cikko907
Legacies and Remembrances – Berry FeistyPen
The Dream Letter – Scot Eritemu
Untitled – Meena Adekoya
Kitchen Practicals by Tamo
Growing Pains by MK Jones
Can I please kill you? Seun Odukoya
All I wanted was another baby by Mercy Ilevabre
Too Late by Abby
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How are the works going to be published?
StoriesNaija! will be the flagship of an NS imprint using a print-on-demand model that will make Nigerian authors available through most of the major global book distributors. We will also be talking with a Nigerian based publisher to get books widely available locally. The anthology will also be released through Smashwords.com, Amazon Kindle, Barnes&Noble Nook, and directly on Naijastories.com as various formats of eBooks.
How much will the book cost in the different formats?
The editors will try to keep the book below 70k words so we can get an affordable pricing. Tentative price is $11.99/8GBP/N1500 for the paperback. Ebook will be $4.99/3.50GBP/N500
Who owns the rights?
Our contract is still being developed and while the author retains copyright, we’ll be asking for exclusive rights for one year after the anthology is published. After that time, they will be able to do with the story as they please.
How much will authors be paid?
Registration on NaijaStories.com is free, as well as acceptance into this anthology, so our budget for this project is very limited. We’ll be offering no advance to authors but a royalty of 20% of the book’s list price pro-rated on the number of words in their individual selected stories, as well as discounted pricing on any copies purchased. Payment will be made three times in a year.
Who decides the order of the stories?
For now, we’ll just concentrate on selecting the best stories possible. After this is done, we could just arrange the authors in alphabetical order, or we can get a well known author to do it. (Chinua Achebe or Wole Soyinka anyone? Just joking o!)
Who decides which stories are selected, the book cover, and other details?
The NS editorial team will have final say on the stories. We’ll also be seeking previews and reviews from published authors and NS friends.
What will be expected of the selected writers?
They will sign a contract with Naijastories. They must also be willing to have their stories extensively workshopped and edited till it is lean and mean. This means having relatively easy access to the internet, and the readiness and ability to meet deadlines. Writers have final say on the version of their stories to appear in the anthology, and can pull out at any time.
What is the timeframe from submission to publication?
We’re looking forward to a March 2012 publication, and the following is a tentative timeframe;
- July – Submissions and Nominations
- August/September – Editor’s Selections
- October – Authors Sign Contracts
- November / December – Editing
- January – Submission to Publisher
- February – Proofing
- March 2012 – Book Published and on sale
Send any other related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org