AFREADA and Africa Writes are currently hosting the “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty” Competition, which invites writers to take the first line of Congolese author Alain Mabanckou’s short story “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty” and continue the story.
Writers wishing to participate must submit a 500-word short story, building on the first line of Congolese author Alain Mabanckou’s “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty”.
Told from the perspective of 10-year-old Michel living in Pointe Noire, Congo, the story begins:
In this country, a boss should always be bald and have a big belly. My uncle isn’t bald, he hasn’t got a big belly, and you don’t realise, the first time you see him, that he’s the actual boss of a big office in the centre of town…
According to Africa Writes, “the rules are simple: … open a Word Document and continue the story.”
Visit africawrites.org for submission guidelines.