Brave Voices Poetry Journal 67 (FREEDOM VOICES PRIZE) defines the beginning of Freedom Voices Poetry Prize .The Prize seeks to promote tolerance, human rights, freedom of expression and creative resilience among people through poetry by poets of all ages in Africa and beyond. The contest is an experiment of what we want to achieve as a Republik of poetry this year and in the forthcoming years. The deadline of submissions is the 5th of October 2019 and many poets have since contributed through the MiomboPublishing Page and the requisite email address. The Prize also seeks to motivate and cultivate poetry writing talent.
THE FREEDOM VOICES POETRY PRIZE
Brave Voices Poetry Journal 67: Paying Tribute to Unique Heroes and Heroines and their Uniqueness
An Ode for Cadres of resistance ( Human Rights , anti-imperialistic , antiapartheid , freedom of expression , fight for political justice , right to economic justice and right to social inclusion)
Ken Saro Wiwa for movement for the survival of Ogoni people ( Nigeria)
Dedan Kimathi (Kenyan liberation struggle)
Steve Biko (fighting inequalities in South African apartheid)
Lookout Masuku (fighting for political justice in Zimbabwe)
Charles Dambudzo Marechera (PenSlinger of Truth in Zimbabwe)
Ambuya Nehanda (medium spirit of Chimurenga (war of liberation) in Zimbabwe)
Ruth First (South African fighter for civil rights)
Winnie Madikizela Mandela (Fighter for political and economic rights in South Africa)
Itai Dzamara ( fighter for human rights and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe)
Freedom Nyamubaya( gunslinger during war of liberation ,poet against dictatorship regime in Zimbabwe)
After submissions – A selection team will select a long list of 15 poems
The long list will be made public by the curator
A selected will prune the long list to the shortlist of 10 poems
3 of the short listed poets and their poems are to win prizes and are announced early December 2019
All 10 shortlisted poems will be published in the Brave Voices Poetry Journal, their profiles will be featured in the first new look Brave Voices Poetry Journal
The Freedom Voices Prize will be opened every September of every year and winners announced every December of every year
Selection Team and judges remain anonymous and are to be unveiled at every completion of every stage
for more information email at firstname.lastname@example.org
BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL
It’s a bimonthly poetry of resistance journal founded to strengthen the voices of firstly Zimbabwean poets and then African poets and now it has become a global poetry platform of literary activism and freedom of expression published under MiomboPublishing (miombopublishing.wordpress.com). Poets and Short Fiction Writers are required to send two or three poems per Call, a five line short profile and two head and shoulder pictures with the size not more than 100kb.The submission should be in line with the current theme. The poems should not be more than twenty lines each .In some instances poems can be submitted through Face book Groups 100 Thousand poets for Peace- Zimbabwe and MiomboPublishing .Poets must also submit through email@example.com
PROFILES JUDGING PANEL (FREEDOM VOICES POETRY PRIZE 2019)
AUTHOR OMWA OMBARA (FREEDOM VOICES HALL OF FAME AND FIRST PHASE JUDGING PANELIST)
Author Omwa Ombara, The Editor in Chief at Tulipange Africa Media, a diaspora based Magazine in United States of America. A Consul at Large at poetasdelmundo.com /POETS OF THE WORLD .A motivational speaker. Writers Consultant with her amazing projects, Walks and Talks and Tips for Writers Show .Omwa is a political Asylee for seven years. An International investigative journalist, poet, vocalist, performing and visual artist. She is author of a Memoir, “God’s Child on The Run.” .Published in several anthologies including Our Secret Lives, Holding the Center and other journals of International acclaim. Omwa is a former Bureau Chief, The Standard Group and has published over 4000 articles in her journalism career spanning 20 years. Her passion for standing up to power and corrupt leaders in the media circles is unmatched. Her experience in journalism spans from more than two decades. She stands firm against the abuse of power, corruption and mass killings .she is an advocate of true journalism. She comes aboard with her vast understanding of global humanity issues, journalistic experiences and women rights knowledge. She holds a postgraduate diploma in journalism and mass communication and a BA degree from the University of Nairobi.
TRACY YVONNE BREAZILE (FREEDOM VOICES HALL OF FAME, MENTOR AND SECOND PHASE JUDGING PANELIST)
Tracy Yvonne Breazile is a Writer living in the United States of America. She was granted the opportunity to serve as Writer/Mentor in Residence with the 2018 Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Mentorship Program, originated by Mbizo Chrirasha.Breazile studied Language and Literature with a concentration in Professional Writing at Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, and USA. The graphic images collected here are selected from the 2018 Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Mentorship Program Poetic Rhetoric and Composition Workbook she created to aid participants seeking to learn about poetic forms and functions. She would like to help people voice their feelings and attitudes about the many conflicts and dilemmas that frequent the human frame. She is currently working with Mbizo Chrirasha in hopes to inspire writers to create short stories. The program aims to discover the mechanics of the short story and illustrate some of the various genre and styles that a writer might like to utilize in their stories. Peace is her passion. She is currently working on a collection of poetry echoing culture and customs of Africa. This work includes definitions and examples of various forms and functions of poetry as it has evolved through the ages. It is her hope that freedoms of speech encompass the entire globe. She would like to help people voice their feelings and attitudes about their conflicts and dilemmas through poetry. Her poetry is included in anthologies such as “Expressions of the Heart.”
JAMES COBURN (FREEDOM VOICES HALL OF FAME, THIRD PHASE JUDGING PANELIST)
is an Oklahoma poet in the United States of America. Coburn has always valued the subtext of life and seeks to reveal its undercurrents. He believes indifference is the enemy of man as it is the benefactor of ignorance, racism and xenophobia. Coburn is currently collaborating with Nairobi poet Brian Kasaine on a book of poetry. His first book of poetry “Words of Rain” was published in 2014. The book was a finalist for an Oklahoma Book Award. In 2016, ten of his poems against terrorism and to save the Sunderbans (wetlands) were published in “Onnyodhara” (The Alternative Way) Eid-special issue festival edition in association with “Anushilon” (The Culture & Literature Society) the National Literary Organization of Bangladesh. Coburn is a 2013 inductee of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. He has been published in several anthologies. Three of his poems were published in Canada’s Tuck magazine in 2017-18. He has served as a resident poet at NonDoc.com.
MICHAEL DICKEL (HEAD JUDGE AND SPECIAL PROJECTS PANELIST)
(https://MichaelDickel.info) has won international awards and been translated into several languages. His latest poetry collection, Nothing Remembers (http://bit.ly/2HNeCB9), will come out late summer 2019 from Finishing Line Press. A poetry chapbook, Breakfast at the End of Capitalism, came out in 2017 (free PDF http://www.moriapoetry.com/dickelechap.pdf). His flash fiction collection, The Palm Reading after The Toad’s Garden, came out in 2016 (http://amzn.to/2g0znNc). Previous books include: War surrounds us (http://amzn.to/1SfOMQi), Midwest / Mid-East (http://amzn.to/1O3FAOl), and The World behind It, Chaos… (archived free PDF https://www.academia.edu/1812035/The_World_behind_it_Chaos). He co-edited Voices Israel Volume 36, was managing editor for arc-23 and 24, and is a past-chair of the Israel Association of Writers in English. He publishes and edits Meta/ Phor(e) /Play and is a contributing editor of The BeZine.
Nothing Remembers (Finishing Line Press): http://bit.ly/2HNeCB9
Academia dot edu: https://independentscholar.academia.edu/MichaelDickel
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/MYDekel
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1TH3nVT.
Curated by Mbizo Chirasha – CURATOR OF THE FREEDOM VOICES POETRY WRITING PRIZE , EDITOR OF BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL AND FOUNDER OF MIOMBOPUBLISHING.
Mbizo Chirasha is the Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café (International publishing and literary digital space). 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival( ihraf.org) , Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom .Arts Features Writer at the International Cultural Weekly .His Profiles , Interview and Poems are featured on poesis.si ,in Slovenia. Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Co-Editor of Street Voices Poetry triluangal collection( English , African Languages and Germany) intiated by Andreas Weiland in Germany. Poetry Contributor to AtunisPoetry.com in Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019 collection of experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT was released by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print, on Amazon.com and at is featured at African Books Collective. Mbizo Chirasha is the Originator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Talent Festival and GirlChildCreativity Project. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development (ICACD) in Ghana.The Vice President of Poetsof the WORLD,poetasdelmundo.com ,African Region. Global Peace Chain Ambassador. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and Arts Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer, publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.