Farafina is a literary fiction imprint of Kachifo. The brand has published over 27 titles to date, including glorified authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ben Okri, Nnedi Okorafor and Ngugi wa Thiong’O.
Farafina Books officially announced their intention to open up another submission window for their next batch of titles. This announcement was made through the official Twitter page.
Submissions will open on the 31st of December, 2019 and writers are invited to read submission guidelines on the Kachifo website submit their manuscripts via email to email@example.com.
Enajite Efemuaye, the firm’s Managing Editor provided further information about the submission including important data from the 2019 submission window. According to them, there were a total of 436 submissions in 2019, 73 of which flunked. “322 were rejected from the slush pile. 31 were rejected at the next stage. We requested complete manuscripts from 12 writers. We’ll be publishing 3 of those 12 in the next two years.”
In case you are wondering what all these mean, here is their definition of terms:
Flunked: Derailed so far away from the guidelines they could not be saved.
Rejected at slush pile: Clichéd and weak plots. Weak characters. Typos that basically made reading feel like eating rice with stones in every spoonful.
Rejected at stage 2: “Competent” writing but doing the barest minimum on all levels: characterisation, plot, voice, etc. Unambitious and not sparking joy.
So, well if you’re now left wondering what to do to ensure you drastically reduce your chances of get binned, here is a post highlighting all the things you should note before you send out your manuscript. Do well to create a checklist from it and tick the items off as you prepare to submit your manuscript for the 2020 opening.