The Postcolonial Woman in Contemporary Times: The Urban Experience

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Federal University Lokoja

Call for stories (short fiction)

The Postcolonial Woman in Contemporary Times: The Urban Experience

Last date for submission: 31st January 2020.


Dr. Nandini. C. Sen, Department of English, Delhi University, India                                                                                                                 

Dr. Chinyelu Agwu, Department of English and Literary Studies, Federal University Lokoja, Nigeria.                                                                                                    


As more and more women negotiate with postcolonial urban spaces today, the need to imaginatively tell their stories is compelling. Women are definitely affected in peculiar ways by the rapid and mostly unplanned urban expansionism in postcolonial nations. Therefore, the urban space is a site rich with stories of their lived experiences. With respect to its decentralized patriarchal focus, the postcolonial urban place could function as a place of liberation and creativity for women, yet it could be stifling and restrictive. The urban woman could be a middle-class career lady or a construction site worker, a leading actress or a door-to-door saleswoman. The possibilities are enormous as are the women’s concerns and experiences in the urban space.

The editors seek to publish a collection of short fiction from India and Africa imaginatively focusing on women and their experiences as they negotiate the urbanscape. This book is part of a project showcasing India-Africa relations.


Please submit stories related to but not confined to the following sub-categories:

  • The Urban Female
  • Femininity and Peri-urbanism
  • Women, Urban Environment and Health
  • Women, Work, and Urbanity
  • Marriage and Urbanity
  • Motherhood and Vanishing Rural Ethos
  • Women and the Market Place
  • Women and Financial Struggles
  • Women and Urban Crime
  • Women, Marriage, and Social Mobility in the Urban Socioscape
  • The Female, Dating, and Urban Monsters


Stories should be original with a word count of 5000 words maximum. Submissions of completed stories should be made to the editors.

An email saying that you are working on the story will be appreciated.