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Winners of the 2015 Short Story Day Africa Competition Announced

Winners of the 2015 Short Story Day Africa Competition Announced
Feast, Famine and PotluckTerra Incognita

Alert! The winner of the 2015 Short Story Day Africa competition has been announced at the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria.

South African author Cat Hellisen has taken first place, and R10 000, with her story “The Worme Bridge”.

Second place went to Alex Latimer for “Fierce Symmetry”, while third went to Mark Winkler for “Ink”.

Latimer and Winkler win R2 000 and R1 000 respectively, and all prize winners also win an online writing course from All About Writing.

Fred Khumalo’s story “Water No Get Enemy” received a special mention.

The judges said of the winning story: “‘The Worme Bridge’ stood out for us with its brave story and clear, distinctive voice; it’s a wonderfully dark exploration of the water theme. The story works effortlessly to construct an other kind of reality while grounding itself in the real world. The writing is compelling: the reader is drawn into this family and the strangeness that overtakes them. We found this a powerful piece of writing that continues to haunt the reader afterwards.”

Hellisen is the author of When the Sea is Rising Red, House of Sand and Secrets and, most recently, Beastkeeper.

Latimer is the author of two volumes of cartoons, six picture books and one novel, The Space Race.

Winkler’s debut novel, An Exceptionally Simple Theory (of Absolutely Everything), was published in 2013 and his second, Wasted, in February.

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The winning stories, along with the rest of the 2015 longlist, will be compiled in Water: New Short Fiction from Africa, edited by Nick Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek.

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