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Writivism Short Story Prize 2014 Longlist

Alert! The longlist for the Writivism Short Story Prize 2014 has been announced. Judges Zukiswa Wanner, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Emmanuel Sigauke, Glaydah Namukasa and Ellen Banda-Aaku, who is chairing the panel, have chosen a longlist of 14 stories. The writers on the list come from various African countries, including Michelle Preen from South Africa.

The Writivist of the Year winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be announced on 1 of June 2014 and five regional winners will also be named. The shortlisted writers will all attend the Writivism festival from 18 to 22 June 2014 in Kampala, Uganda where the winner of the $400 prize will receive their award on 21 June.

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Press release:

Announcing the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize has been announced today (Thursday 15 May 2014). The longlist was selected from over 200 entries from 17 African countries by team of five judges chaired by Ellen Banda-Aaku. The other judges are Zukiswa Wanner, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Emmanuel Sigauke and Glaydah Namukasa.

The 2014 longlist comprises:

  • “Day After Tomorrow” (Paul Ugbede – Nigeria)
  • “Devils”(Wise Nzikie Ngasa – Cameroon)
  • “Dr Lawanson” (Wale Lawal – Nigeria)
  • “Fire in the Night” (Myke Mwale – Zimbabwe)
  • “Friday Night” (Chumisa Paquita N)
  • “Inside Outside” (Nyachiro Lydia Kasese – Tanzania)
  • “Kawesa” (Arnold N. Musalia – Kenya)
  • “Lunatic” (Saaleha Bhamjee)
  • “My Breasts” (Nkiacha Atemnkeng – Cameroon)
  • “Out of the Blue” (Saaleha Idrees Bamjee)
  • “Survived by” (Kelechi Njoku – Nigeria)
  • “The Gift” (Michelle Preen – South Africa)
  • “The Wound of Shrinking” (Melissa Kiguwa – Uganda)
  • “Walls and Borders” (Ssekandi Ronald Sseguja – Uganda)

The longlisted writers will work with writer Sumayya Lee in the next few days, to prepare their stories for publication in The 2014 Writivism Annual Anthology, to be co-published by Kushinda and The Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE).

From the fourteen longlisted stories, a shortlist of five will be announced on the 1st of June 2014. All the shortlisted writers will travel to Kampala, for the 2014 Writivism Festival, where, on the evening of 21st June 2014, the winner of the $400 prize and other auxiliary prizes is to be announced.


Image courtesy Writivism


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