Storied is an initiative from South Africa’s leading local publisher, Jacana Media. The entity, capitalising on Jacana’s commercial experience in the South African publishing sector, will reinvent the local creative writing and fiction sector through targeted financial investment and innovation. It will use Jacana’s intellectual capital and operational footprint to nurture South African voices and help them tell their stories.

Storied seeks to raise R3 million, through investors, to fund its initiatives over a three-year start-up period. Using Uprise Africa’s equity crowdfunding platform, investors will be able to invest in saving South African stories. The equity investment will be secured and managed by Uprise Africa.

Through investors, Storied seeks to raise R3 million to fund publishing fiction and other creative writing in Southern Africa. Fiction publishing in South Africa has collapsed to the extent that few publishers can afford to nurture creative writing – which develops the careers of creative writers – or publish local fiction. This is of significant concern to our society, given the vital role fiction plays in aiding meaningful social dialogue.

Storied builds on the existing work of the Jacana Literary Foundation and Jacana Media in identifying and growing South African literary talent. It will also take new steps to develop key skills across the publishing supply chain – investing in the development of young editors and creative writers.