The Poda-Poda Stories Calls For Submissions

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The Poda-Poda Stories is inviting applications from writers from Sierra Leoneans or persons of Sierra Leonean descent currently residing in Sierra Leone or the diaspora.

Poda-Poda Stories is a Sierra Leonean literary platform that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary criticism by emerging and established Sierra Leonean writers. Founded in 2020 by Sierra Leonean writer and journalist Ngozi Cole, the platform amplifies and promotes Sierra Leonean literature. Poda-Poda Stories was born out of curiosity to learn more about Sierra Leonean literature and bring visibility to the rich stores of Sierra Leoneans, Sierra Leonean writers, including New York Times best-selling author Ishmael Beah, historical novelist Yema Lucilda Hunter, and Caine Prize finalist Pede Hollist. As well as being a digital platform for poems, stories, and essays, They also help promote the work of emerging writers and new literature from Sierra Leone.

Submission Guidelines

  • Each manuscript must be the original work of the entrant. Plagiarism or AI generated content are not accepted.
  • Only Sierra Leoneans or persons of Sierra Leonean descent currently residing in Sierra Leone or the diaspora are eligible to apply.
  • Manuscripts must be in fiction (1500 words maximum), nonfiction (1500 maximum), poetry (3 poems maximum), and book reviews (800 words maximum).
  • Your work must be in Microsoft word (docx) format; typed in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font and double-spaced.

All entries must be submitted through the provided email in the following format: Lastname_Submission Title. If your submission is time sensitive, kindly indicate that in your email subject line using the following format: Time sensitive_Lastname_Submission Title.

To submit your application, kindly send your entry to Submissions close on June 1.

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Bakare Oluwatobiloba

I write to educate, motivate and define history with literature. Just being me!