Three Poems | by Paul Brookes

Stone Lass Spunk sees Cruel lass from afar gobsmacked by her looks he gets smitten hard and determines she’ll be hooked Asks her mates for her mobile number, and all her social media pages, scours internet for details, winds himself up in rages. Gets his message through once or twice but she mocks him “…

SERIES: Save My Soul(Episode 2) | by Yetunde Oyelude 

“I will never accept this! No, not from some little proud girl! Who on earth does she think she is! Huh?!” Dimeji was pacing back and forth, ranting and raving in front of his friends. He was panting so hard, finding it difficult to regulate his breaths. “I’m gonna deal with that crazy girl!”  …

​Big Girl | by Paul Beckman

 How will I know you, I asked. 42nd & 5th is crazy busy. You’ll know me. I’ll be the big blonde walking down the side of the building stairs at four in the afternoon. Sure enough, just a little after four I saw her walking down the stairs she walked right up to me after…

A Writer Who Writes Not Knowing Why | by Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney spent 12 years breeding rare Australian finches in the United States. African finches are much more difficult to breed and he had limited success. But he loved the Weaver family of finches who breed
in the wild in nests that hang like gourds over swamps from the end of tree branches, the better to keep predators away from the hatchlings.

NEW SERIES : Save My Soul (Episode 1) by Oyelude Yetunde 

Kamil calmly lit a cigarette as he watched his friends beat up the timid boy with dark- rimmed glasses into a pulp. The boy kept using his weak arms to block the vicious kicks from his assaulters’ boots but he was already growing weary. His uniform of white colored shirt and brown trousers were already…

PIN QUARTERLY JOURNAL (ISSUE 7): CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Building on the remarkable success of previous issues of the PIN Quarterly Journal, Poets in Nigeria (PIN) calls for entries aligning with various columns of the journal due for release in the fourth week of April, 2017. The columns listed below are opened to corresponding entries: CRISPY SATIRE: features poems with satirical attributes. POETIC INSIGHT:…

My Unborn Face | by Sudeep Adhikari

I am still one with you holding onto you close heart of your heartbeats that ethereal umbilical cord they can see it through their tongue and touch it with their eyes Just they can’t think, of you and me and the singularity of One in all, and all in One.   I am still your…

​GIGGLES BEHIND GOLDEN CURTAINS | by Nwaga Nnamdi Philip

I heard giggles Behind shrouded climes of tireless daylight Where cherubs made their saintly rounds Wary sniggers behind walls of jasper Seraphs layered, furtive against luscious Eschol vines With tones so low as not to stir To tell hushed tales of love and folly The folly of the Divine in terrestrial romance! I heard deep…

Efe emerges as winner of Big Brother Naija reality show 2017

Efe, who was among the top five finalists of the reality show which includes; Bisola, Marvis, Tboss and Debie-rise, has emerged as the winner of this year’s big brother naija reality show. Naija and social media was lit last night after Ebuka, the show’s host declared Efe as the winner. Efe’s fans couldn’t contain their…

AMERICAN NOTES 2 | by Fred Russell

NEWSSPEAK Journalists talk and write in platitudes. This is not surprising. They are not, after all, writers. Their command of the language is limited. Their minds are commonplace. They are also not scholars or political scientists. I occasionally watch Fox News, but what is true of Fox is true of any other news organization. The…

Between the absurd and the ideal | by Anoucheka Gangabissoon

I see, surrounding me People fighting among themselves For a cause which they deem as just Yes, They seek to find the truth in that which they practice They even believe anything told to them Blindly To the extent of making those practicing something different Seem to be so ridiculous and wrong!   Why, I…

2017 COMMONWEALTH SHORT STORY PRIZE SHORTLIST

Twenty-one outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel out of almost 6000 entries from 49 Commonwealth countries. This was a record number of submissions, an increase of almost 50% from 2016. Now in its sixth year the Prize is for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English. Chair of the…