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Walter Dinjos

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Walter Dinjos
Native name
Emeka
BornDecember 7, 1984
NationalityNigerian
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Poetry
Notable awardsSecond-Place winner, Writers of the Future 2016's second quarter. Runner-Up, the Writers Bureau Writer of the Year 2017 Awards
Website
https://www.dinjos.com

Walter Dinjos..[1] (full name: Emeka Walter Dinjos; Emeka[2] being an abbreviation of the Igbo name Chukwuemeka, which translates to "God has done so much"; born December 07, 1984) is a Nigerian writer of fantasy and science fiction with African themes.

Background and personal life[edit]

Born to a Nigerian father and mother, Dinjos resides in Awka Nigeria full time, and he travels around, visiting many historic sites and communities in the country for a first-hand experience of their diverse traditions and cultures[3].

He is a creative writing student[4] at the Writers Bureau, England, and he presently works at Macaulay Gidado, a business consulting agency, as a Content Marketing Virtual Assistant. According to his LinkedIn profile[5], he has worked at eExpress Limited as a Sales Representative, at Ekenedilichukwu Nigeria Limited as a Branch Manager and then a Branch Accountant. He has also worked as a Remote Content Writer at Daily Posts UK, an online content marketing agency (not to be confused with North Wale’s The Daily Post).

Work[edit]

Poems[edit]

Dinjos' poems appeared in three issues of the Literary Hatchet between 2014 and 2015.

  • My Maker (The Literary Hatchet, Issue #8)[6].
  • A Fading World (The Literary Hatchet, Issue #10)[7]
  • Words of My Broken Heart (The Literary Hatchet, Issue #10)[7]
  • There Is Going to Be a Way (The Literary Hatchet, Issue #10)[7]
  • Breath of Heaven (The Literary Hatchet, Issue #10)[7]
  • Enslaved Invaders (The Literary Hatchet, Issue #12)[8].

Books[edit]

Dinjos began publishing in 2011, his first work being the self-published kindle book, “Beyond Bermuda”[9] (titled Beyond Bermuda & the Forbidden Sea on Amazon[10]), a collection of two short stories as the Amazon kindle book title clearly suggests. On Goodreads, the book, The Unfading Heiress (Soul Switch Trilogy)[11], appears to be in his name, although it’s hard to find the actual book anywhere online.

Short Stories[edit]

Dinjos' entry into the speculative fiction market started in August 2014 with The Diamond Fish, which appeared in The Literary Hatchet Issue #9[12] and then was reprinted in Guard Bridge Book’s "Myriad Lands: Volume 1: Around the World"[13] in 2016. This was followed by The Mama Mmiri in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #190[14], reprinted in Event Horizon[15] and The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Year 8[16], both in 2017.

Some of his top speculative Fiction stories include The Woodcutters’ Deity, which earned him a spot as a winner (2nd place) in Writers of the Future Contest 2016’s Second Quarter[17], Nneamaka’s Ghost, which appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #243[18], and Middle of Nowhere, which appeared in Abyss & Apex Issue 66: 2nd Quarter 2018[19].

In an interview at Beverly Press[20], Dinjos hinted at Nnedi Okorafor's "Who Fears Death" inspiring him to write the story, "The Woodcutters' Deity".

Awards[edit]

Writers of the Future Awards: Dinjos' story, The Woodcutters’ Deity, illustrated by Chan Ha Kim, won second place in the 2016 second quarter of the contest[21]. Dinjos emerged a winner alongside thirteen other writers:[22] Andrew Peery, Andrew L. Roberts, Anton Rose, Doug C. Souza, C. L. Kagmi, Dustin Steinacker, Sean Patrick Hazlett, Jake Marley, Stephen Lawson, David VonAllmen, Ville Merilainen, Molly Elizabeth Atkins, and Ziporah Hildebrandt. Unfortunately, Dinjos was unable to attend the 33rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards[23] in Hollywood due to Visa problem[24]. He however sent in a video speech, which Larry Elmore described in these words: “That was a moving video. You can tell he has the same heart as the rest of us.”[25]

Writers Bureau Writer/Student of the Year 2017 Awards: Dinjos was a runner-up, following behind Sarah Plater who bagged the main Award[26].

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Diamond Fish (2014, The Literary Hatchet, Issue #9)[12].
    • First reprint (Myriad Lands: Volume 1: Around the World)[13].
  • The Coffin Maker's Son (2016, Space & Time Magazine, Issue #127[27])[28]
  • The Mama Mmiri (2016, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #190)[29].
    • First reprint (The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Eight)[30]
    • Second reprint (Event Horizon 2017)[31].
  • Sing Me a Song (2016, Lamplight, Volume 5, Issue 1)[32]
  • The Soulless (2016, Strangelet Journal, Volume 2, Issue 5)[33]
  • The Worst Breed of Vultures (2016, Bourbon Penn 12)[34]
  • The Woodcutter's Deity (2017, Writers of The Future Volume #33)[35]
  • Nneamaka's Ghost (2018, Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #243)[36]
  • Middle of Nowhere (2018, Abyss & Apex Issue 66: 2nd Quarter 2018)[37]
  • Being a Giant in Men's World (2018, Galaxy's Edge Issue #32)[38]
  • A Hundred Lifetimes (Deep Magic - December 2016)[39]

References[edit]

  1. Dinjos, Walter. "Walter Dinjos: Goodreads Author". Goodreads. Goodreads.
  2. "Behind the Name". Behind the Name.
  3. Dinjos, Walter. "Walter Dinjos". Amazon. Amazon Author Central.
  4. McGuinness, Paul (March 22, 2018). "Discover the Writer in You". History Revealed. History Revealed.
  5. Dinjos, Walter. "Walter Emeka Dinjos". LinkedIn. LinkedIn.
  6. Dinjos, Walter (2014). Koorey, Stefani, ed. My Maker | The Literary Hatchet, Issue #8 (PDF). The United States of America: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 27. ISBN 978-1499333671. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Collective; Dinjos, Walter (2015-01-02). Koorey, Stefani; Hosey, Eugene; Brimbau, Michael; Chapman, Sherry, eds. The Literary Hatchet #10. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 9781505845167. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. Dinjos, Walter (2015). Koorey, Stefani, ed. Enslaved Invaders | The Literary Hatchet, Issue #12 (PDF). The United States of America: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 49. ISBN 978-1516930746. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  9. Dinjos, Walter. "Beyond Bermuda". Goodreads. Walter Dinjos. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  10. Dinjos, Walter. "Beyond Bermuda & the Forbidden Sea". Amazon Digital Services LLC. Walter Dinjos. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  11. Dinjos, Walter. "The Unfading Heiress (Soul Switch Trilogy)". Goodreads. Walter Dinjos. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dinjos, Walter (2014-08-19). Koorey, Stefani; Hosey, Eugene; Brimbau, Michael, eds. The Literary Hatchet #9 (PDF). The Diamond Fish. The United States of America: PearTree Press. p. 48. ISBN 9781500885588. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  13. 13.0 13.1 Stokes, David R., ed. (2016-06-29). Myriad Lands: Volume 1: Around the World. S.l.: Guardbridge Books. ISBN 9781911486046. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  14. Scott, Andrews. "Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #190". Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Firkin Press. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  15. Kerr, Jake. "Event Horizon 2017". Goodreads. Quanta. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  16. Andrews, Scott. "The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Eight". Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Firkin Press. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  17. Dinjos, Walter (2017). Writers of the Future Vol 33 (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future). The Woodcutters's Deity. The United States of America: Galaxy Press. p. 225. ISBN 978-1619865297. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  18. Andrews, Scott H. "Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #243". Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Firkin Press. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  19. Dinjos, Walter. "Middle of Nowhere". Abyss & Apex. Abyss & Apex. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  20. "Ebell to host L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards - Park Labrea News/ Beverly Press". Park Labrea News/ Beverly Press. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  21. Books New Desk (March 29, 2017). "33rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Celebrates Global Writers". Broadway World. Broadway World. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  22. "Writers of the Future". Writers of the Future.
  23. "2017 Writers of the Future Awards Event". Writers of the Future. 2017.
  24. Collins, Ron. "Walter Dinjos, author of "The Woodcutters' Deity"". Galaxy Press. Galaxy Press. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  25. Collins, Ron. "Writers & Illustrators of the Future Awards Event 2017". Galaxy Press. Galaxy Press. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  26. Nadin, Diana. "Writer of The Year 2017". The Writers Bureau. The Writers Bureau. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  27. "Space and Time Magazine, Issue #127". Space and Time Magazine.
  28. "Space and Time Magazine Issue #127 " Weightless Books". weightlessbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  29. Dinjos, Walter; Allen, Mike (2016-01-01). Andrews, Scott H., ed. Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #190. The United States of America: Firkin Press. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  30. Valente, Catherynne M.; Parker, K. J.; Lee, Yoon Ha; Bodard, Aliette de; Dickinson, Seth; Baker, Mishell; Dinjos, Walter; Lemberg, Rose; Sanford, Jason (2017-09-07). Andrews, Scott H., ed. The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Eight. The United States of America: Firkin Press. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  31. Kerr, Jake (ed.). "Event Horizon 2017". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  32. Dinjos, Walter. "LampLight - Volume 5 Issue 1 eBook: Sunny Moraine, Kevin Lucia, Walter Dinjos, Amandeep Jutla, Ryan Lazarus, Nghi Vo, Konstantinos Kellis, Jacob Haddon: Kindle Store". Lamplight Magazine. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  33. Dinjos, Walter (2016-09-12). Press, Strangelet; Campbell, Bill, eds. Strangelet, Volume 2, Issue 5. The Soulless. The United States: Strangelet Press. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  34. Wise, A. C.; Wilkinson, Charles; Day, Holly; Sandison, George; Ausema, Daniel; Pueyo, H.; Dinjos, Walter (2016). Secker, Erik, ed. Bourbon Penn 12. Alexa Szlavics. BOURBON PENN. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  35. "Volume 33 - 2017 - Content | Writers & Illustrators of the Future". Writers & Illustrators of the Future. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  36. Harris, Nin; Dinjos, Walter (2018-01-10). Andrews, Scott H., ed. Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #243. The United States of America: Firkin Press. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  37. Dinjos, Walter (March 5, 2018). "Middle of Nowhere | Abyss & Apex". www.abyssapexzine.com. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  38. Dinjos, Walter. "BEING A GIANT IN MEN'S WORLD | Galaxy's Edge Magazine". www.galaxysedge.com. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  39. Dinjos, Walter; results, search; Gardner, Adele; results, search; Traverse, Melion; Dembo, Arinn (2016-12-13). Deep Magic - December 2016. Amberlin. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


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