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The Small Publishers’ Catalogue, Africa, 2013 project featured in Publishing Perspectives

2013 has gotten off to a good start with the feature about The Small Publishers’ Catalogue, Africa, 2013 project in Publishing Perspectives. Only 8 days to go on the Indiegogo Campaign to raise some of the money necessary to pull the project together I’m hoping that the feature in Publishing Perspectives will energise the campaign into meeting our modest target of USD3000.

African Books Collective, Bookslive, Porcupine Press, NELM, Deep South, the Rhodes University MA, Judy Croome, Helen Moffett, Black Letter Media and quite a few others have taken out advertising space in the Catalogue. We are looking to double if not treble the listings. If you want to list or advertise, don’t hesitate to contact me .

And while earlier editions were very much South Africa oriented, the 2013 version is designed to be much more comprehensive. In addition, Higgs adds that, “my dream is to be able to compile a list of African literary magazines and to publish some new articles that will be of interest and value to publishers and to writers and others in the book world in Africa and to those interested in books in Africa.

Read the full article in Publishing Perspectives by clicking here

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Spread the love and the word – Small Publishers Catalogue Africa 2013

We’ve set up a campaign to raise funds to publish an updated and much more comprehensive edition of the Small Publishers’ Catalogue Africa 2013 Funds have started coming in from those who support the campaign. Please check it out, especially if you have ever been published by a small publisher, a literary magazine, an online zine, or been given advice, suggestions, input, feedback or anything else similar.

The Catalogue is a showcase for small and indie publishers, and having them all in a catalogue is an incredibly useful way for librarians, bookstores, bibiophiles, researchers, students of Africana, you name it to have the information in one place.

While working at the Centre for the Book, I was involved in the first Small Publishers’ Catalogue which only featured South African publishers. University librarians from the British Library, Harvard, Yale and Stanford were at the Cape Town Book Fair, and they all eagerly snapped the Catalogue up, as did stores like Clarke’s and local university librarians. We printed 500 copies and now sadly it is out of print.

We’ve started to get people taking listings and adverts. The inside front cover has been booked already. Please spread the word about the Catalogue and the crowd-sourcing funding campaign, thanks in advance!

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Become a Matron or Patron of the Arts

Have you ever fancied yourself as a latter day Medici? Did you know that you could easily become a Matron or Patron of the Arts in South Africa? Modjaji Books is offering you this opportunity.

Modjaji Books is a small independent press that publishes Southern African women writers. You can support Modjaji’s ground-breaking work by choosing one of the options below. Each option gives you wonderful discounts and provides support for Modjaji’s ambitious publishing programme. This offer is valid till the end of March 2009.

SUBSCRIBER OPTION – R300 – choose four books and you will get copies as soon as they become available

FRIEND – R500 – choose six books and you will get signed copies as soon as they become available

MODJAJI MATRON/PATRON – R1000 – choose 11 books from the list and you will get signed copies as soon as they become available

Here are the books you can choose from:

In 2007/08 Modjaji published:
Fourth Child by Megan Hall for which Hall then won the Ingrid Jonker prize
Life in Translation by Azila Reisenberger
Whiplash by Tracey Farren – for which Farren has received a White Ribbon Award given by the Women Demand Dignity Advocacy group

In 2009, we are publishing the following books:

Invisible Earthquake by Malika Ndlovu (due out mid March 2009)
Hester se Brood by Hester van der Walt – a book (in Afrikaans) about how to make bread and a memoir of becoming a baker in McGregor and building a special bread oven
Collection of BED stories by Southern African women
Befallen a novel by Makhosazana Xaba
• Four collections of poems by the following poets, Fiona Zerbst, Sindiwe Magona, Helen Moffett, Joan Metelerkamp
• Four collections of short stories by Meg Vandermerwe, Lauri Kubuitsile, Wame Molefe and Arja Salafranca

Email for the subscription form and banking details and before you know it you will have a new way to think about yourself.

This works out to an average of a 25% discount off the price in the stores. The books usually sell for between R100 and R150 in the stores.

You will also receive invitations to Modjaji Books launches, functions and readings. 2009 promises many fabulous events.

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Bed stories – the list of contributors

After seeing the list of those selected for the PEN Studinski award, it reminded me that it might be an idea to publicise the list of writers who will have stories appearing in the Bed anthology to be published by Modjaji Books during 2009.

Unlike the PEN award, each of the writers here will have the opportunity to go through an editing process with an editor, hopefully I will be able to get this aspect of the anthology underway very soon, like in March.

Here are the selected writers in no particular order. Congratulations to each of you for writing something interesting and meeting the deadlines and rules of entry. It seems that managing the technical hoops is part of the fun (as it were).

1. Pamela Newham, “A natural combination”
2. Joanne Fedler, “Bedrock”
3. Lauri Kubuitsile, “In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata” (BOTSWANA)
4. Melissa Gardner – “In sickness”
5. Rumbi Katedza, “The Corpse” (ZIMBABWE)
6. Anne Woodborne, “The quilt of wife-beating crimes”
7. Sarah Lotz, “Heaven or something like it”
8. Jayne Bauling. “Stains like a map”
9. Gothataone Moeng, “Lie Still Heart” (BOTSWANA)
10. Joanne Hichens – title still to be decided
11. Jeanne Hromnik – title still to be decided
12. Arja Salafranca, “Desire without borders”
13. Sylvia Schlettwein, “To own a bed” (NAMIBIA)
14. Liesl Jobson, “On a broomstick”
15. Karabo Moleke, “Nompumelelo’s Sinxoto’s Bed”
16. Margot Saffer, “Imagining Monsters”
17. Megan Ross, “Finding a mother”
18. Ellen Banda-Aaku, “Made of Mukwa” (ZAMBIA)
19. Isabella Morris, “The Outsider”
20. Novuyo Tshuma, “Ikej” (ZIMBABWE)
21. Romaine Hill, “Every Picture Tells”
22. Marina Chichava, “Sleeping Through Heartbreak” (MOZAMBIQUE)
23. Erika Coetzee, “How to Improvise”
24. Bronwyn McLennan, “Portrait of a woman in bed”
25. Claudie Muchindu, “Wings on Indi’s Pillow” (ZAMBIA)
26. Nia Magoulianiti McGregor, “Hunters and lovers”
27. Tinashe Chidyausika, “Fools Gold” (ZIMBABWE)
28. Rose Richards, “Mary Mary”
29. Luso Katali Mnthali, “A requiem for Daniel” (MALAWI)
30. Helen Walne, “Crazy”
31. Rosemund Handler, “Lena My Lovely”

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BED stories

Dear contributors to BED story call

Finally the list of stories has been finalised. You should have heard from Lauri Kubuitsile in the past day or so if you were on the short list. We really appreciate the huge response. It was really tough to choose in some cases.

Lauri is going to write on her blog about her experience as the main selector of stories, I will post the link once her blog is up.

In the next few weeks you will get feedback about your story and some editing suggestions.

We have chosen stories from South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mocambique, and Namibia.

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Bed short stories – where we are up to

We got over 300 stories in the call for submissions. As you can imagine it takes time to do justice to so many stories.

In about a month or so – say mid October we will let writers know whether or not we have accepted their story. There have been a fascinating range of submissions from most Southern African countries.

Please be patient, your story is important to us and we will let you know as soon as we can.

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Call for short story submissions


Modjaji Books, the exciting new publisher for women in Southern Africa, is inviting submissions for its upcoming short story anthology. We want innovative stories that define the world from a woman’s perspective.

The topic for the anthology is “BED”. What does it mean to you? Memories of cosy bedtime stories, sterile beds in hospitals, or that sexy bed where a lover waits…

You tell us! We’re waiting to hear from you!

Send us your best, unpublished story before 31st July, 2008 to (more…)

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