Alert! Short Story Day Africa has announced the shortlist for the R10 000 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction.
Short Story Day Africa received over 450 entries from more than two dozen countries for this year’s award, both from writers living on the African continent and the African diaspora.
Once whittled down according to submissions guidelines, each story was stripped of all identifying elements and sent to two readers. A selection of 60 stories was then whittled down by the SSDA team to a longlist of 21. All longlisters stories will be collected in Water: New Short Fiction From Africa, Short Story Day Africa’s third anthology.
This year’s judging panel, Mary Watson (South Africa), Billy Kahora (Kenya) and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria), read all the longlisted stories blind and selected the shortlist of six.
The shortlist is as follows:
- “A Fierce Symmetry” by Alex Latimer
- “Water No Get Enemy” by Fred Khumalo
- “Finding Mermaids” by Chido Muchemwa
- “The Worme Bridge” by Cat Hellisen
- “Traces” by Megan Ross
- “Ink” by Mark Winkler
The winners will be announced at the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria in November. The grand prize winner receives R10 000. Prizes are sponsored by Worldreader, Books LIVE (that’s us!), ANT ProHelvetia and All About Writing.
Water: New Short Fiction From Africa, edited by Nick Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek, will be released worldwide on 1 January, 2016, in partnership with Hands On Books, Cassava Republic and – for the first time – New Internationalist. The full 2015 longlist will be published in Water.
Both of SSDA’s previous anthologies have received critical acclaim, with two stories from Feast, Famine & Potluck shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing – with one, “My Father’s Head” by Okwiri Oduor, going on to win the prize – while Terra Incognita received wide critical praise, including an excellent review from the LA Review of Books.
- Los Angeles Review of Books Heaps Praise on Short Story Day Africa’s Latest Anthology, Terra Incognita
- Fiction Friday: Read Dilman Dila’s Short Story from Short Story Day Africa’s New Anthology, Terra Incognita
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- Terra Incognita edited by Nerine Dorman
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