The following request has been received from the
United States. Authors of short stories or poems for children are
urged to contact Jane Kurtz direct.
Dear Fellow Author,
Last spring, I proposed an idea for an anthology that would help
young readers in the USA connect (at least in some small way) with
Africa, where I grew up. The anthology is finally under contract
at Greenwillow/HarperCollins, and I am interested in receiving some
stories and poems for possible inclusion, particularly from South
or North Africa (because I'm looking for some regional balance and
already have authors submitting from East and West Africa). Here
are a few details:
From talking with a number of US librarians, it seems clear that
Africa appears in the U.S. school curriculum most often during the
middle school years, so work should be geared for readers in about
6th-9th grades, ages 12-15.
Rebecca Davis, the Greenwillow editor, and I are thinking in terms
of stories about 10-12 pages long, and we also hope to use several
poems. Payment will be $500 U.S. dollars for stories selected and
$50 for poetry.
We're setting a general due date of March 1 and would appreciate
soon from anyone who is planning to submit work.
The anthology will have three sections, one of which will be stories
and poems that show the lives of children in Africa who are about
the same age as the readers of the anthology, 12-15.
I'm interested in stories that show the beauty and laughter and
joy of life in Africa as well as those that speak of difficult issues.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Stories can
be sent via
e-mail or by post to Jane Kurtz, English Department, University
Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA 58202-7209.
(Circulated by Jay Heale, SACBF)