Category: Short Stories

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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Longlist For Our 2018 Short Story Prize

For our short story competition this year, we called for stories that looked into religion and how it manifests in everyday moments. We are happy to say the writers who submitted their work for consideration did not limit themselves to tangible explanations of faith or metanarratives that do little to question the dangers of religious […]

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Announcing Judges For Our 2018 Short Story Competition

We are happy to announce the judges for our annual short story competition. Malebo Sephodi, Tendai Mwanaka and Lungile Zakwe will select the shortlist and winners of the fourth volume of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story, our yearly competition. The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story seeks to […]

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book excerpt: Sundown by Acan Innocent Immaculate

It’s AD 2050, and humans are waking up to the reality that scientists have lied to them — the sun is dying and with it a civilisation they have painstakingly built over the course of a hundred and fifty thousand years. A skinny albino boy, fifteen years old, pulls a T-shirt over his head as […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Osemegbe Aito – Petrichor

Heaven is a busy market and in Osemegbe Aito’s Petrichor it’s not always clear if Paradise is a better alternative to hell or perhaps organized religion has been selling the whole idea of unbridled well-being wrong. A careful petition, Aito presents us with Rachel and her cast of supporting figures – all hellbent on getting her to […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Mary Ononokpono – Firewater

Disrupted trajectories characterize the multiplex world of Firewater: in Mary Ononokpono’s story, a firm study of social relationships as queuing networks, birth and death do not go hand in hand so smoothly, and complicated answers are ever provoked by softened questions. We spoke to Mary about the many passions that brought Firewater to being.   Black Letter Media: It’s intoxicating how subtly you […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Mwikali Mutune – Eye Color

We spoke to Mwikali Mutune about her short story Eye Color, a dystopian thriller centred on a cult hero whose death triggers the crumbling end for a totalitarian regime. Eye Color raises questions about tribal supremacy, the policing of love as un/pure, and is strangely tender in mapping the repercussions of one man’s faith in the power of […]

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Winners for “The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” Prize Announced

Mary Ononokpono has been awarded first place for her story, “Firewater”. Osemegbe Aito and Tina Chiwashira take second and third place respectively!     I told you we were done and I meant it. Go to hell, I say, with steaming courage. —Tanganyika ABCs, Tina Chiwashira My brow softens, and I am in no doubt of this Elysian […]

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Pre-order The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2 at a Discount

Pre-order The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2 before 4 March and pay only R125. After the 4th, the price will be R150. The Pre-order promotion is only for print edition, however this volume will also be available as an ebook. Featuring, the winning story: Men Are Fools by Obinna Udenwe And […]

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