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Short Story Day Africa Reveals the Cover for Water: New Short Fiction from Africa

Short Story Day Africa Reveals the Cover for Water: New Short Fiction from Africa
Feast, Famine and PotluckTerra Incognita

Alert! The cover for the next Short Story Day Africa anthology, Water: New Short Fiction from Africa, has been revealed.

The cover, which was designed by Nick Mulgrew, features different depictions of water layered on top of one another, to create a visual representation of this year’s expansive theme.

Water, edited by Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek and featuring the full 2015 SSDA longlist, will be released worldwide on 1 January, 2016, in partnership with Hands On Books, Cassava Republic and – for the first time – New Internationalist.

This year’s shortlist, which was announced at the end of October, is “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 and “Ink” by Mark Winkler.

The winners of this year’s SSDA competition will be announced at the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria later this month. The grand prize winner will receive R10 000. Prizes are sponsored by Worldreader, Books LIVE (that’s us!), ANT ProHelvetia and All About Writing.

SSDA shared Mulgrew’s thoughts on the cover design process:

When asked to put together the cover for Water, I was paralysed at first by the amount of interpretations of the theme that there could be. But then I turned that around: I thought a collage of as many different images and representations of water I could find would work well. I sourced water-related images from my own library, as well as that of my co-editor Karina Szczurek, and interspersed them with open-licenced images. To create the wave pattern I used kids’ wavy scissors to cut out the images and literally stuck them together. The result is a bringing together of dozens of visual interpretations of the theme into a coherent cover image.

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