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2016 Short Sharp Stories Awards shortlist announced

2016 Short Sharp Stories Awards shortlist announced
Adults OnlyBloody SatisfiedIncredible Journey


Alert! The shortlist for the 2016 Short Sharp Stories Awards has been announced.

The Short Sharp Stories Awards is an annual short story competition made possible by the National Arts Festival. Previous anthologies of winning stories include crime fiction (Bloody Satisfied), sexy stories (Adults Only), and incredible journeys (Incredible Journey).

The Short Sharp Stories Awards recently won a National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences Book, Creative and Digital Award for Best Edited Fiction Volume.


This year’s theme is “Die Laughing” and the judges were Ken Barris, Karina Szczurek and Karabo Kgoleng.

Congratulations to all 20 authors on the shortlist!

2016 Short Sharp Stories Awards shortlist

  • “This Could Get Messy” by Greg Lazarus
  • “Learning A New Language” by Fred Khumalo
  • “The Seduction Of Ozzie Stone” by Stephen Symons
  • “Angel Heart” by Kobus Moolman
  • “‘Dehydrates’ vs ‘Rehydrates’” by Charles Kusner
  • “The Derby” by Ofentse Ribane
  • “This Is Not A Joke, Maureen” by Gail Schimmel
  • “The Pushmi-Pullyu Equation” by Barbara Erasmus
  • “Jim Goes To Durban” by Anton Krueger and Pravasan Pillay
  • “Go Big Or Die Trying” by Glen Thompson
  • “Number One With A Bullet” by Christopher McMichael
  • “Don’t Give Up, Will” by Raphael D’Abdon
  • “Homeful” by Lester Walbrugh
  • “The Cracks” by Stephen Buabeng-Baidoo
  • “The Mother (F***ing) City” by Mia Arderne
  • “Keeping Up With Mkhulu And Gogo” by Andile Cele
  • “The Viewing Room” by Diane Awerbuck
  • “The Prank” by Janine Milne
  • “James Bond Is From Pretoria West” by Werner Pretorius
  • “Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You!” by Kristien Potgieter

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