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