BOOK COVER REVEAL! The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 4

More than a celebration of the many survivors of sexual abuse who have come forward to confront sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo and #IBelieveHer movements, the new cover for our forthcoming anthology, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 4, is a vote of confidence for the many voices […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Ope Adedeji Wins Our Short Story Prize

For the fourth instalment of our annual competition, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story, we called on African short story writers to explore the many faces of religion in today’s world. With religion as a theme, we were looking for stories that would use faith as a strategy to investigate all that […]

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On addressing religious hypocrisy, defiantly so: An interview with Olubunmi Familoni

A great deal of sarcasm and a flair for exaggeration power Olubunmi Familoni’s Bloodofjesus, the story of a pastor-father and his worst fears about the evils of university life corrupting his only daughter. Told through the son of the house, Familoni scrutinises respectability politics in the Christian home, criminal conduct within campus lifestyles and the […]

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“One thing versus the other” – Tariro Ndoro talks about the power of African religions

In Tariro Ndoro’s Absaloming, a new world is at loggerheads with the old, each attempting to make sense of life after an apocalyptic event. For Ndoro, finding the best solution to a natural calamity is about faith in the power of one’s courage to overcome the unseen and unknown. Absaloming has been longlisted for The Short Story […]

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On prosperity theology and auditing the gospel: An interview with P Ochieng Ochieng

P Ochieng Ochieng’s Pastor-Malaya documents an unravelling relationship between the unlikeliest of couples, a pastor and prostitute, in ways that put faith at the centre of both their attraction to each other and, ultimately, inspires bad blood between them, threatening their relationship. Pastor-Malaya has been longlisted for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!(2018) […]

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“I just try to write stories” – Damon Yeld talks about his interest in the legendary tokoloshe

In Emperor Tiberius and the Tokoloshe, Damon Yeld builds on the myth of the tokoloshe by reinterpreting this sprite as a good friend and ally against foe. Beyond exposing the anthropomorphic qualities of tokoloshe, for Yeld the power of curiosity leaves the narrator in an empathic position than where he started. Emperor Tiberius and the […]

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On rejecting religion and writing it: An interview with Carey Baraka

Carey Baraka’s The Elizabethans We Lost revolves around a boyhood friendship forged in conflict – negotiating their school lives through mischief and licentious behaviour at a time when to be young seems innocent, for Baraka’s characters the business of being “funny” not only draws on humour but also exploits eccentricity and personal politics to enlivening ends. The Elizabethans We Lost has been longlisted for The Short Story […]

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“To explore questions I don’t have answers to” – Ope Adedeji talks about her burgeoning interest in African religions

In Omo Omo Omo, Ope Adedeji’s inventive use of shadows as both a menacing real-life presence and metaphor for the marginalisation of African indigenous religions under Western colonisation leaves readers with a particularly captivating narrator who must reconcile her sexuality with her mother’s disapproval. Omo Omo Omo has been longlisted for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! (2018) What was the germination of your story?  I started to think of this story one day walking home from work; I […]

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On reclaiming the collective narrative: An interview with Themesha Khan

In Themesha Khan’s Un/Beloved, a husband’s love for his wife blinds her to the inevitable; it is only after a shocking discovery that she combs her old memories in search of that which she never took notice of, hoping her rosy past will help explain an unspeakable present. Un/Beloved has been longlisted for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! (2018) What was the germination of your story? […]

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“Religion is polarising” – Okechi Okeke talks about human trafficking and God

Hope is central to Okechi Okeke’s The Joy of Meeting a Helper: hope cultivated, deferred, salvaged, and ultimately denied, always with devastating consequences for the young women involved. With dreams of Europe, Okeke’s narrator survives one calamity after another til even the hope of escape from her captivity in a Middle East home seems impossible. […]

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