CALL FOR PAPERS! The Literary Encyclopedia is seeking articles in the field of Post-1945 Women’s Writing

The Literary Encyclopedia is seeking articles in the field of Post-1945 Women’s Writing. Please see the full CFP for details:



The Literary Encyclopedia at is looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of Anglophone African Writing and Culture of Africa. The list below is not comprehensive  or final, and new proposals of writers/ works/context essays that are not currently listed in our database are also welcome. However, we will prioritize articles on writers and works frequently studied in university courses, and those that are highly topical and well-known.

In addition to publishing articles on canonical and much-taught literary works, the Encyclopedia is also interested in making available information about important writers and works that are often neglected, and in publishing articles about discrete historical events which are relevant to literary understanding. It also seeks to broaden its scope to include more research-oriented articles with a pedagogic function, such as ‘Critical issues in title‘ or ‘Critical readings of author/ title‘. If you are interested in contributing such an essay, please contact the relevant volume editor or the managing editor.

All offers of contribution should come accompanied by an up-to-date CV and, in the case of doctoral students who wish to offer a contribution, also a short writing sample. The overwhelming majority (about 90%) of our contributors are academic scholars, while the remaining percentage is made up  of highly endorsed doctoral students and independent researchers.

The Literary Encyclopedia aims to deliver a global understanding of world literatures and cultures within an adaptable and responsive digital platform that’s ethically conceived, minimalist, but packing great functionality. All our articles are solicited by invitation from specialist scholars in higher education institutions all over the world, refereed and approved by subject editors in our Editorial Board. The LE is thus uniquely selective, reliable and authoritative. Its online format allows for rapid publication and frequent updating of articles; its integrated digital resources (author life-chronologies, customisable timelines, thematic or course-oriented bookshelves, related article clusters, critical bibliographies) respond dynamically to teaching and learning demands.

More detailed information on the Encyclopedia – including its publishing model, editorial policies, specific information for authors etc. – can be found on its homepage at, under  the ABOUT tab. In order to explore the kinds of content we publish please log in using the case- sensitive username: ‘WinterGuest2017′ and the password: ‘chekhov1860’.

We hope that you will wish to join us in this enterprise. If you wish to contribute, please contact the volume editors: Dr Helen Cousins (, Dr Madhu Krishnan (; Dr John Masterson (; or Ronit Frenkel (particularly for South and Southern African literature – or the managing editor, Dr Cristina Sandru (


  • Farafina
  • Cassava Republic
  • Africa39


  • Uwem Akpan
  • Elechi Amadi Ayi Kwei Armah
  • Sefi Atta
  • Kofi Awoonor
  • Doreen Baingana
  • Igoni Barrett
  • Brian Chikwava
  • Achmat Dangor
  • Amma Darko
  • Sello Duiker
  • Cyprian Ekwensi
  • Akachi Ezeigbo
  • Aminatta Forna
  • Damon Galgut
  • Goretti Kyomuhendo
  • Jowhor Ile
  • Kojo Laing
  • Okey Ndibe
  • Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ
  • Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
  • Tayeb Salih
  • Taiye Selasi
  • Lola Shoneyin
  • Chika Unigwe
  • Noo Saro-Wiwa


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Americanah

 Ayi Kwei Armah

  • Beautyful Ones Are not Yet Born (1968)
  • Fragments (1971)

Syl Cheney-Coker

  • The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar
  • Sacred River

 Aminatta Forna

  • The Memory of Love

 Flora Nwapa


  • Efuru (1966)
  • Idu (1970)
  • Never Again (1975)
  • One Is Enough (1981)
  • Women are Different (1986) Short stories/poems collections:
  • This Is Lagos and Other Stories (1971)
  • Cassava Song and Rice Song (1986)
  • Wives at War and Other Stories (1980)

Grace Ogot


  • The Promised Land: a novel (1966)

Short story collections:

  • Land Without Thunder (1968)
  • The Other Woman: selected short stories (1976)


Amos Tutuola

  • Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952)

Yvonne Vera

  • Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals (short stories) (1992)
  • Nehanda (1993)
  • Without a Name (1994)
  • Under the Tongue (1997)
  • Butterfly Burning (2000)
  • The Stone Virgins (2002)