Seventeen authors have been shortlisted for the forthcoming "Lockdown" anthology to be published by the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing at African University College of Communications, Accra.
Editors and publishers at the Aidoo Centre invited writers to submit their original experiences in the form of short stories for an anthology from March to December 2020 during the COVID-19 period of isolation.
The lucky authors who made the cut are Ijahra Larry, Lawrence Owusu, Benjamin Arthur, Philomena Esi Agudu, and Jane Abraham. Others are Samantha Erskine, Etor Attopley, Emmanuella Obeng-Koranteng, Frederick Nii Ofei Bruce, Emmanuella Ako-Nai, and Abaa Moses. The rest are Ohene-Agyekum Mmreku, Grace Wood, Miho Boateng, Araba Ofori-Acquah, Franka Andoh and Renee P. Taylor.
In all, the call for submissions received 136 entries out of which seventeen authors were shortlisted.
Lockdown is the Aidoo Centre’s third anthology in three years following the previous years’ successful release and limited local tour of “Adabraka: Stories from the Centre of the World” and “Larabanga: Stories from the Savannah”.
The Aidoo Centre plans to publish “Lockdown: True COVID-19 Stories” and launch it at the University’s Discovery House forecourt in Adabraka this August.
The Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing is a not-for-profit literary resource. In March 2018, the African University College of Communications created a home at its Adabraka campus to honor the legendary feminist author. The main aim of the Centre is to increase in Ghana critical reading, creative writing, and literacy generally among the youth.
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