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From Mars with an Apple

Last year, poco.lit. published some articles on Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, and speculative fiction. This year, we’re pleased to publish some short pieces of creative writing that speculate on alternative futures on and of the African continent.

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Tulsi

With a heavy sigh and an uncanny discomfort, her untrained fingers dug around the plant. Suddenly, her nostrils were filled with a pungent smell which was possibly coming from the dead leaves lying around. What she could not understand was the untimely death of the Tulsi plants in her courtyard every monsoon season.

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Hanna Ali
The Story of Us

Ali’s writing is characterised by a felicitous turn of phrase. She has a way of buckling two or three words together in surprising but evocative ways, and a capacity for refreshing metaphor.

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Caine Prize Shortlist 2020

The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing’s shortlist for 2020 is out. The selection includes five short stories, all freely available via their website. It’s definitely worth checking them out. Here’s a short review of each to whet your appetite.

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