Inkubator selects 12 writers for a mentorship seminar


Three East African authors are among the 12 writers selected for the 2022 Inkubator Africa/UK Mentoring Seminar.

Kabubu Mutua and Salma Abdilatif Yusuf from Kenya, and Doreen Anyango from Uganda, were selected to join nine other candidates from among 125 applicants.

They will be mentored in writing, editing, preparing work for submission, as well as how to approach agents and editors.

The other participants are Aba Asibon (Ghana), Moso (Lesotho), Zanta Nkumane (eSwatini), Khumbo Mhone (Malawi), Nicholas A Dawn (South Africa), Emily Pensulo (Zambia), Josephine Sokan (Nigeria/UK), Sola Njoku (Nigeria/United Kingdom) and Yovanka Paquete Perdigao (Guinea-Bissau/Republic of Ireland).

The Inkubator program includes six online workshops and a moderated forum, moderated by renowned African writers and editors Tochukwu Okafor, Karen Jennings, TJ Benson, Doreen Baingana, Olumide Popoola and Emma Shercliff.

Inkubator Africa/UK is an intensive three-month webinar designed by Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) and Laxfield Literary Associates, for writers to develop, develop and hone their skills in fiction writing and self-publishing, as well as to create an environment conducive to cultural exchange and dialogue between writers from different backgrounds.


Inkubator is free for selected writers, and at the end of three stories, each writer will receive a $315 honorarium.

Authors will work in pairs to produce short stories that will be edited for publication and the resulting anthology will be published as an e-book by SSDA.