Short Story Day Africa is a platform established to celebrate the diversity of Africa’s voices by bringing together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers and school children from all over the globe to write, submit, read, workshop and discuss stories – and foster the love of reading and writing African fiction.

The Short Story Day Africa Prize is aimed at celebrating short fiction that brings a fresh and urgent perspective to some of our most profound phenomena, and the basis of all our greatest stories.

The theme for the 2016 edition was called “Migrations”, and out of almost 450 entries received from twenty-nine countries, from writers both living on the African continent and in the African diaspora, a longlist of twenty-one were selected and a shortlist of six has now been announced.

The judging panel for this year’s prize blind-read and selected the following six writers;

“A Door Ajar” by Gratitude Fisher

“Exodus” by Mirette Bahgat Eskaros

“Diaspora Electronica” by Blaize Kaye

“Farang” by Megan Ross

“Involution” by Stacy Hardy

“Tea” by TJ Benson

The winners will be announced next week, with the grand prize winner to win R10,000 ($700).

All the longlisted stories will be published in the Short Story Day Africa’s fourth anthology titled, Migrations: New Short Fiction From Africa, which is due for e-book release in January 2017, and in print worldwide in March 2017.


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

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