Background – Naijastories.com launched as a collaborative blog in March 2010 and a platform for upcoming Nigerian writers to share stories they were working on and offer critique on submitted stories. It was also an opportunity for already established and published authors to see what the younger writers were doing, and if possible offer mentorship. In June 2010, the blog hit the blogger limit of 100 authors and moved to paid hosting website with an incorporated networking angle that allowed members to communicate privately, and to discuss literary and related issues in the site forums.
Naija Stories Anthology Vol 1. – In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the site, we announced our annual anthology series that will feature the best of the short stories on the site. The first edition edited and published short stories by Naijastories members who worked with the site editors and admin over the period of several months. Published March 2012 and titled Naija Stories : Of Tears and Kisses, Heroes and Villians, the anthology was published by our in-house Press. With the publication, the best original fiction that has been showcased on this website was put into print and also received review opportunities from established writers and reviewers.
Naija Stories Anthology Vol 2. – The site now has over 2000 members, but our goal to broadcast the talents of our writers beyond the site remains the same. We want to broaden the scope of what is considered ‘Nigerian Writing’ and the number of players – both writers and readers – who are involved in this arena.
As we did the first time, we are looking for stories published on the site between March 2011 and March 2012. Only stories with either Nigerian protagonists or that are set in Nigeria will be considered. Since we want this anthology to be a collaborative success just like the site, we will be involving EVERY member in collating these stories. Everyone can send in their best posts and that of others that you have enjoyed over the selected months.
As the 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 when the book begins to turn a profit.
Submissions open September 10 – October 11 2012. Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- To submit your own story, email should have the subject line SUBMISSION/ YOUR NS NAME with the story pasted inside, no attachments. At the beginning of the email, please include your full real name, brief biography (50 words), contact information, story title, date of publication, link to original on naijastories.com, and word count of the story.
- To nominate another writer’s story, email should have the subject line NOMINATIONS/YOUR NS NAME. In the body of the email, state the name of the writer, the nominated story title, date of publication, and link to original on naijastories.com. Also tell us why you like the story.
- The NS editors and admin will also be scouting the site to select their own picks. Such writers will be contacted and approval requested to include their stories in the upcoming anthology.
I want to thank and congratulate everyone on how far we have come, and we look forward to reading your stories. Leave any questions and suggestions below, and we’ll include it in the upcoming NS Anthology FAQs.