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Fiction Friday: Read Dilman Dila’s Short Story from Short Story Day Africa’s New Anthology, Terra Incognita

Terra IncognitaThe new Short Story Day Africa anthology, Terra Incognita, is now available, and Books LIVE has an excerpt to share!

Terra Incognita, which was edited by Nerine Dorman, features 19 new speculative fiction short stories from African authors.

Diane Awerbuck was announced as the winner of the competition in November, for her story “Leatherman”, which you can read here.

For this week’s Fiction Friday, SSDA are generously allowing us to share Dilman Dila’s story, “How My Father Became a God”:

How My Father Became a God by Dilman Dila by Books LIVE

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About the book

Terra incognita. Uncharted depths. Africa unknowable. 19 new short speculative stories from the fringes and hidden worlds of Africa, from writers both emerged and undiscovered. From past lives to future lives, from modern myths to twisted histories, Terra Incognita exposes the parts of ourselves and our continent hidden beneath.”

Terra Incognita is the second collection of short stories to be published by Short Story Day Africa. This carefully curated collection of nineteen stories is harvested from entries to the project’s annual short story competition, which in 2014 called for speculative fiction exploring a theme Terra Incognita, and ancient cartographic term denoting uncharted territories. The collection includes well-known and award-winning and authors Cat Hellisen, Diane Awerbuck and Gail Dendy, alongside emerging stars like Dilman Dila, Nick Mulgrew and Chinelo Onwaulu. The stories in the collection encompass all forms of speculative fiction, from literary magical realism to science fiction to dark horror, and pulsing through each is a new African paradigm. Here be vampires, tokoloshi, ghosts, unnatural obsessions and the unspeakable things that lurk beneath land and in the water.


  • Diane Awerbuck (South Africa — Awards: Commonwealth Writers Prize 2014; Shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2014)
  • Toby Bennett (South Africa)
  • Pwaangulongii Benrawangya (Nigeria)
  • Gail Dendy (South Africa — Awards: SA Pen Millenium Prize 2010; Thomas Pringle Award 2010; EU/Sol Plaatje Poetry Prize 2011 and 2012)
  • Dilman Dila (Uganda — Awards: Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013 shortlist)
  • Kerstin Hall (South Africa)
  • Cat Hellisen (South Africa)
  • Mishka Hoosen (South Africa)
  • Nick Mulgrew (South Africa — Awards: Short Sharp Stories Winner 2014; Mandela Rhodes Scholar 2015)
  • Mary Okon Ononokpono (Nigeria/UK)
  • Chinelo Onwualu (Nigeria)
  • Jekwu Ozoemene (Nigeria)
  • Sylvia Schlettwein (Namibia)
  • Jason Mykl Snyman (South Africa)
  • Phillip Steyn (South Africa)
  • Brendan Ward (South Africa)
  • Sarah Jane Woodward (South Africa)
  • Sese Yane (Kenya)


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