The Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE) invites submissions for the 4th Regional Women Writers Residency to be held in November 2012. Founded in 1996, FEMRITE- Uganda Women Writers’ Association is a non-profit dedicated to promoting Ugandan women writers. With over 100 members, FEMRITE is today one of the most successful organizations of its kind on the African continent.
FEMRITE members have gone on to register significant success in the literary world, most notably, Doreen Baingana, whose short story collection Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize for First Best Book, Africa Region. In 1997, Violet Barungi’s play “Over my dead body” won the British Council International New Play Writing Award for Africa and the Middle East. Monica Arach’s essay In the Stars won the first prize in the Women’s WORLD essay writing competition in 2004, while Mildred Kiconco’s story Effigy Child was highly commended for the Commonwealth Short Story Competition.
About the Residency
The main objectives of the residency are:
- To bring established writers to mentor upcoming African women writers
- To give upcoming Ugandan women writers the opportunity to interact with women writers from the rest of the continent
- To give African women writers conducive space and time pursue their writing projects
- To create opportunities for inter-cultural discourse among women writers
- To strengthen collaboration among women writers’ initiatives in Africa
- To generate short stories for publication in an anthology
At the end of the residency, participating writers are expected to have improved at least one of their writing projects and enriched each other’s manuscripts. Writers will also have the opportunity to submit their writing for an anthology to be compiled after the residency.
The deadline for applications is April 30, 2012. Visit the FEMRITE site for more information.