We have read several anthologies about love, its coyness, fragility, joy, and sometimes, heartbreak. What’s often shied from in the narratives of love especially in many African cultures is its involving eros and sexuality. Even when such is written about, it is bound with entities that water and wrap it up as though such experience is sinful, shameful, or worse, inexistent.
Often, when “black voices” or “afro voices” are used, it is only in the context of activism or a revolution. There are several limitations in finding our voices in a plethora of ordinary human experiences like eros and sex. Worse, the topic, even among Africans, is only led by European ideologies, practices, imagination, and sometimes, standards leading to a misrepresentation of ourselves and misalignment with our cultures.
We are looking for the revealing, authentic, pure, funny, regretting, teasing, memorable, descriptive, and importantly, relatable in this theme. We are looking for the provoking, simple, experimental, playful, what follows the rules or breaks them. Rather than treat the topic of sex, eros, and sexuality as an ingredient needing context, we want an anthology that serves it as a meal to interested readers of the specific subject.
So, submit to us and hit us with your best shot!
Only the best 25 pieces will be published in this anthology.
Eligibility and Instructions
Submissions open and close: February 15 – April 30, 2021
Selected writers will be notified: May 30
The anthology will be published in a downloadable PDF format on www.sprinng.org in June.
You can submit to: https://forms.gle/EKvkZd5LyjYjAXEV8 or https://tinyurl.com/SprinNGAfro-Eros
For more information visit: https://www.sprinng.org/an-afro-eros-anthology.html
17/3/2021 11:45:33 pm
Worth looking forward to
29/3/2021 02:28:37 am
Wow, intriguing. To be honest at first when I glanced at the theme, I was stunned. Why would anyone need poems about African sexuality and the sex factor in a relationship? but as I read through I came to realize that we often times shy away from the topic of sex which is why some young ones lack proper education of it. Most at times, what we have flying around are rumors. I think I will also submit poems for this anthropology, I hope to weave up my little knowledge and experiences as touching the sex factor in an Afro relationship. I hope young people out there get to read it, in order to make informed decisions as relating to sexuality in an Afro relationship. Thank you!
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