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Winners of Short Story Day Africa’s “Terra Incognita” Short Story Competition Announced

 
Feast, Famine and PotluckAlert! Diane Awerbuck has been named the winner of Short Story Day Africa‘s Terra Incognita short story competition for her entry “Leatherman”.

Namibian author Sylvia Schlettwein’s story “Ape Shit” comes in second place while Kerstin Hall, also South African, claims the third spot with her story “In the Water”. An honourable mention has been made of Kenyan author Sese Yane’s his story, “The Corpse”.

Before every inch of the world had been explored, cartographers denoted uncharted territories as terra incognita. This year, Short Story Day Africa asked writers to look deep into their imaginations to draw out fantastical and mythical stories, also classified as speculative fiction.

Judge Samuel Kolawole, who was joined by Richard de Nooy and Jared Shurin, said of Awerbuck’s story: “The winning entry is among the most engaging pieces of short fiction I have read this year. A tale of longing and dark adventure, “Leatherman” draws the reader into its rhythm and mystery through scalpel sharp details and sly wit. A deserving winner.”

These stories will be published with others on the longlist in the next SSDA anthology, set to be released next year. Keep an eye on Books LIVE for the Awerbuck’s short story as well as the cover reveal.

Congratulations to all!

Press release

Short Story Day Africa is proud to announce this year’s winning stories.

This year’s competition encouraged wild imagination and new frontiers with the theme ‘Terra Incognita’. Writers were urged to delve into the genres of speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi, alternative history and magical realism.

The winners are:

1st Place – “Leatherman” by Diane Awerbuck (South Africa)

2nd Place ­– “Ape Shit” by Sylvia Schlettwein (Namibia)

3rd Place ­– “In the Water” by Kerstin Hall (South Africa)

Honourable Mention – “The Corpse” by Sese Yane (Kenya)

Many thanks to Jared Shurin, Richard de Nooy and Samuel Kolawole for generously donating their time and efforts to create the shortlist, and to Samuel for taking on the mantle of head judge at the eleventh hour.

Samuel had this to say about the winners:

“The work I have chosen show a commitment to language and coherent narrative. They are ambitious and highly imaginative, exploring uncharted territories and provide a refreshing outlook to our stories

The winning entry is among the most engaging pieces of short fiction I have read this year. A tale of longing and dark adventure, “Leatherman” draws the reader into its rhythm and mystery through scalpel sharp details and sly wit. A deserving winner.

“Ape Shit” is riveting, surreal and beautifully crafted.

“In the Water” is a thump to the heart. A great horror story with a satisfying ending.

Finally, wonderfully stylistic and quirky “The Corpse” deserves an honourable mention.”

Thank you to our prize sponsors; Books Live; All About Writing; Paige Nick; Louis Greenberg; The Caine Prize for African Writing; and Modjaji Books.

Terra Incognita, an anthology of the 2014 long list, is due for release later this year.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    November 14th, 2014 @18:54 #
     
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    Congratulations to all, but esp Diane. I am hopping and skipping with delight.

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