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Short Story Day Africa 2013 Celebrates the Solstice with Creative Short Fiction Writing Competitions

This year sees the return of Short Story Day Africa, a celebration of short fiction to coincide with the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere – 21 June.

First launched in 2011, Short Story Day Africa has gone from strength to strength thanks to Rachel Zadok, Tiah Beautement and others. This year, they’re partnering with Worldreader, which will make each story published as part of the Short Story Day Africa celebrations available to every mobile device on its network.

Sister-SisterNew SwellTooth and NailedFrom Aardvark to Zuma In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and other storiesDark Poppy's DemiseThe Big StickMoons Don't Go to Venus

In honour of short fiction from the Africa, a new story will be published on Short Story Day Africa’s website every day in June until the 21st. Stories by Byron Loker, Alex Latimer, Sarah Lotz, Lauri Kubuitsile, SA Partridge, Richard de Nooy, Louis Ogbere and Pierre Brouard are already up on the site.

From Loker’s “Plattie Platpoot”:

It’s a funny thing, where stories come from. My dad began his career as a preacher by telling stories about Plattie Platpoot to the Sunday school children at Holy Trinity Church in Pietermaritzburg. If you listened really hard to those stories they would help you get to heaven, even if you forgot the moral at the end because you weren’t paying attention. Your age-eleven religious radio was tuned in to Danielle de Pietro. She was the first girl you fell in love with. She was twelve and you never missed a Sunday at church.

From Latimer’s “The Doorway”:

Two boulders created a gap a meter wide, closed on top by a lintel of granite. The local Khoi people knew of the doorway when they lived here thousands of years ago, but over time it had been lost. Fynbos obscured it and the well-worn paths that had once led right to it had been forgotten and redrawn as a circuitous route from Glen Way, up to Elsie’s Peak and back down again. Eager Jack Russels and men and women in orthopaedic Asics kept the path clear, their rhythmic footsteps flattening the shoots of opportunistic plants. But there came a day when the doorway was stumbled upon once more, quite literally.

From “Freedom Street” by Louis Ogbere

Asikomi staggered into the neighbourhood drenched in sweat. He had just trekked an almost four kilometre distance from where he had attended a job interview. It was the only option he had, the trekking, to salvage his already dwindling savings.

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Kids’ stories on the site

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An Elegy for EasterlyBlack Like YouShadowsWhile the Chain Gang Challenge will not take place this year, Short Story Day Africa is presenting a number of creative writing competitions for adults, youth and children.

Books LIVE is sponsoring the first prize of R2000 in the “Feast, Famine & Potluck”-themed writing competition, which calls for original unpublished stories, in any genre, inspired by this theme. Entries should be between 3000 – 5000 words and the deadline for submissions is 30 June. This competition will be judged by Petina Gappah (An Elegy for Easterly), Isabella Morris (Black Like You), Consuelo Roland (Lady Limbo) and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Shadows).

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Queer AfricaShort Story Day Africa’s Twitter competition is called “Spine Stories” and involves you assembling a story from the titles on your book shelf. You then need to take a photo of your Spine Story and tweet it to @benrwms and @shortstoryAFR with the hashtags #shortstorydayafrica and #spinestory.

Up for grabs is a portrait photo session worth R1 800 and a copy of the anthology Queer Africa. Competition ends 30 June.

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When the Sea is Rising RedPrincess Talia and the DragonThe deadlines for the YA and children’s writing competitions are 15 July. Writers up to the age of 17 are asked to write an original reimagined fairy tale, myth, legend or fable. Ages 14 – 17 need to submit between 500 – 1200 words and their stories will be judged by Cat Hellisen (When the Sea is Rising Red), SA Partridge (Dark Poppy’s Demise) and Byron Loker (New Swell).

Children aged 10 – 13 are asked to write stories of 500 – 1200 words and contestants under the age of 9 can submit 900 words or less for the competition to be judged by Helen Brain (Princess Talia and the Dragon), Beatrice Lamwaka and Damaria Senne.

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The organisers of Short Story Day Africa will be publishing two short story collections chosen from their competitions. To pay an editor to prepare the manuscripts and to cover other costs associated with this worthy event, Short Story Day Africa is asking for donations on Indie Go Go. Support them and they will send you an e-book of the 2013 Short Story Day South Anthology!

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    June 7th, 2013 @14:31 #

    Thank you so much for the shout out! <3

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Carolyn</a>
    June 7th, 2013 @14:37 #

    Pleasure : )

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Rachel Zadok</a>
    Rachel Zadok
    June 7th, 2013 @14:57 #

    Thank you. You rock.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Carolyn</a>
    June 7th, 2013 @16:08 #

    Short Story Day Africa is a great initiative - definitely deserving of support!


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