The winners of the 2017 Short Sharp Stories Award have been announced.
The “Short Sharp Stories Award” for South African short-story fiction is made each year by the National Arts Festival. An anthology of selected stories is published annually and the theme set for writers differs from year to year.
The winning stories, selected from the stories to be published, by a panel of independent judges, are announced at an annual launch event at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
It is the aim of this award to encourage, support, and showcase established and emerging South African writing talent.
The Award is curated by Joanne Hichens.
by Mishka Hoosen
“A powerful exploration of the erotic taboo behind the hijab. Tender and sensual writing that weaves a haunting tale as the narrator decorates her ex-lover’s hands before her wedding. At its core it’s about a broken heart and the longing that comes of it, but also hints at greater themes of personal
identity and the questions of higher power. Beautifully bittersweet” – 2017 Short.Sharp.Stories Judges’ Choice
The Line of Beauty
by Mapule Mohulatsi
“This is different — courageous, intriguing, thought-provoking, undeniably South African. Mohulatsi will prove to be a strong voice on the SA short story writing scene. A literary storytelling journey of note, about a storyteller and where stories come from” – Tim Richman
by Megan Ross
“This is a lyrical psalm of recovery written from the worst type of betrayal. The reader is treated to a masterful rewriting of trauma narrative by a storyteller who reclaims the geography of her body to effect a re-imaging and re-imagining” – Liesl Jobson
Handle With Care
by Amy Heydenrych
“Most South Africans have horror stories about the postal service. This tale of redemption is successful at an allegorical level; it touches on fixing that which is broken in the country. The story is enlivened with a dose of magical realism and underscored by a heart-warming empathy and romantic optimism” – Phakama Mbonambi
Click here to view the full list of winners.