Time by itself means nothing, no matter how fast it moves, unless we give it something to carry for us; something we value. Because it is such a precious vehicle, is time - Ama Ata Aidoo. 

Aidoo Centre out with Final Stories for "Larabanga" Anthology

From the paradise of Busua Beach Resort overlooking the Atlantic, the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing this morning released a list of twenty-two (22) stories that its panel of judges selected for the forthcoming "Larabanga" anthology. 

The applications went through several stages of judging, including internal and external panels involving writers, librarians, academics and avid readers, all of whom reviewed anonymized applications to make the initial shortlist which was then further cut to the final 22.Editors and publishers at Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing, AUCC invited in September last year writers to submit their short stories for an upcoming anthology of stories set in the Savannah belt of Ghana that came in all styles and sub-genres including humor, quality flash fiction and stories with experimental narratives.

Judging criteria

According to Aidoo Centre's Director Nana S. Achampong, all eligible applications were assessed on the extent to which they met the set criteria."They had to be engaging original short stories rooted in the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions, under 5,000 words, previously unpublished. We had to ask ourselves: has the writer created living, breathing characters in a compelling story line? Does the literary piece demonstrate imagination, verbal skills, style? Are all the facts representative of history and actual events? Is the work original and does it convey some unique message? Above all, we were looking for that 'intangible magic'."

Following the modest success of the Centre's debut anthology "Adabraka: Stories from the Centre of the World", Ghanaians had expected a flood of entries in response to the "Larabanga" call. In a way, there was some disappointment along the way. After two deadline extensions, the call for submissions yielded 420 entries."I spoke with Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo after the initial low response, and she advised that the Centre extend the call. I'm glad we did that...twice, in fact. And we also gave consideration to writers who live or are from the region. 

This was necessary to allow us to capture the voice of the Savannah in its truest sense. In the end, I believe we got a good mix. " added Achampong, the anthologist."Larabanga: Stories from the Savannah" will be launched at an open event in Tamale May 3.*

The Winners

Roughing it Up by Wahab Kombadiena

The Terrifying Screams by Zubaida Ismail

The Negative by Abdul Sataar-Mohammed

The Gyinkye Revolution by Mohammed Abdul-Basit

Techira by Frederick Nii Ofei Bruce

Stay With Me by Seyram Asimah

Sunday! By Ursula Abanga

Shackle-Free by Maame Akua Koduah

Return of the Banished Gate by Akram Hafizdeen

Rediscovery by Salim Abdul-Razak

No Room For Love by Naah Yemeh

Kayayo by Wunpini F. Mohammed

Lareba by Kofi Akpabli

Under the Gleam of the Moonlight by Akorfa Kuukua Dawson

Khadidja by Kwaku Baah Acheamfour

Iron Boy by Jacob Amanor Osae

One Bold Step by Ama Konadu

Esa Kama by Lidia Martos

Born in Other Places by K. Asiedu Benneh

An Intact Spirit by Kwasi 'Sei

Against My Will by Abaa Moses

Saareh by Elikem Aflakpui​


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The Seasons of Beento Blackbird marks the debut of Akosua Busia, an exciting and passionate new novelist. It is the story of Solomon Wilberforce, a magnetic and brilliant man who writes bestselling children's books under the name Beento Blackbird and who has dedicated himself to educating the far-flung children of African descent about their glorious heritage. And it is also the story of the three women who love him: Miriam, the Caribbean midwife who delivered him into the world when she was nine years old; Samantha, his beautiful, talented, and utterly modern New York book agent; and Ashia, an innocent woman-child who awaits him in her native village in Ghana. Solomon spends one season a year with each of these very different women. But when a family tragedy brings him to New York out of season, he finds that the neat compartments that once separated Miriam, Sam, and Ashia begin to fold in on one another. In a life that was once ordered by the cadence of nature itself, suddenly nothing is certain - and Solomon and the women he loves will never be the same again.

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Call For Short Stories

October 31st Deadline. Short stories set in the Ghana Savannah is requested. Creative writers are invited to submit to Larabanga: Stories from the Savannah, a forthcoming anthology of short literary works. The Editors welcome all styles and sub-genres including humor, quality flash fiction and stories with experimental narratives .

4-day Short Story Writing Clinic at Aidoo Centre in October

The 4-day Short Story Writing Clinic is a safe space for writers at all levels. We will meet on two weekends from 8:00am - 2:00pm at Discovery House, Adabraka. The workshop will include seminars focused on craft and in-class writing exercises. Industry personnel will be present to offer valuable advice. There will be reading assignments and a study of works by well-known writers. Writing will begin on the first day of workshop. Peer review sessions will take place during the week of workshop. Breakfast and lunch will be served all four days.

The enrollment is limited to 20 participants ONLY.

Class Dates: October 6, October 7, October 13, October 14

Workshop Fee: GH¢500

Register for the workshop with an email at

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9KAruU0J8uFOBbaDOWrikB7zOMghIdV27cQL3Buay8_W0Og/viewform

Payment is expected to be made upon arrival at 8 am on October 6, 2018.

For more information, please email aidoocentre@gmail.com. Or call +233 54 202 5187.

This workshop is made possible through Aidoo Centre's #OneBookOneCommunity Partnership Programme.

REGISTER TODAY. Secure your seat.