Hello, from the desk of the editor-in-chief of this wonderful publication. In the days that have preceded this one, a lot has happened in the louvers of this publishing house. Our second cycle proved to be a strong start after an unexpected fallow. Giving new and alive meaning to the term, ‘returning to love’. Just before we go on our annual fall fallow, here is the catchup and the things you should expect from us in the last quarter of 23.

First, we have put out two bodies of work, the ND Papers and the essay collection: ‘You can do big things from a small place’. These two bodies of work are very important pieces, and we strongly recommend them for your reading pleasure and research.

Second, with our sixth anniversary coming up we have exciting news. First, there will be a writing class collaboratively brought to you by the house x Iko Africa slated for the 10th of October. Sign-up sheets for that will be available on our social media pages from next month and amateur writers are strongly encouraged to take part in this. The anniversary week itself will birth our very first writers’ fellowship. A wonderful three-day paid experience for amateur writers to feel, think, learn, and write of course. The fellowship this year shall be virtual, and we will be admitting only seven writers for this edition. These writers will be paid a stipend for their internet bills for the three days and the exercise will beget an anthology in the month of November, edited and compiled by yours truly. The seven successful writers will also be given certificates of completion. The tentative dates for the fellowship are the 14th to 16th of October 2023 and the anthology, the 23rd of November 2023.

These are the requirements to be admitted for the fellowship.

  • The aspirant must be between 18-30.
  • The aspirant must have an unfinished piece they intend to finish before the year ends and an excerpt must be attached as proof.
  • The aspirant must be willing to commit fully for those three days.
  • A personal statement of the writer’s persona and how the fellowship will benefit them must be included in their application.
  • Applications must be sent to scribblesmagbyrara@gmail.com between the 1st of September and the 30th of September, proof of all requirements attached.
  • The successful applicants will be contacted by the 5th of October 2023
  • Priority will be given to writers who have published with the house and  also plan to attend the collaborative class with Iko

I wish everyone looking to apply my very best. In true fashion, the year will end with our December contest and final magazine of the year. I would really like to thank everyone who has worked with us this year as it has been splendid. We are working tirelessly to make the literary scene kinder to amateur writers and I am thrilled that sacrifice is being received properly. As always, from myself and the team with all the excitement at what we can create, we look forward to our interactions and speak soon!

All my very best,



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Pencilmarks and Scribbles Magazine was founded in 2017 by Clara Jack to be a home for African writers, asking them to come as they are and giving them room for growth. The publication aims to give back to the Nigerian Literary scene for the things it has given us.