Tag: short stories

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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New Book Alert: Odokonyero!

“[T]he fruit of many labours,” said Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, founder of CACE((Centre for African Cultural Excellence)) and co-editor of our newest anthology, Odokonyero: A Writivism Anthology of Short Fiction by Emerging Ugandan Writers. We are proud and honoured to be the publishing partner of the CACE’s Writivism Literary Initiative and we’re particularly excited about this anthology that seeks […]

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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: Tina Chiwashira – Tanganyika ABCs

A husband shows up in hospital to “claim back” his estranged wife; the woman’s lover puts up a fight. In Tanganyika ABCs, Tina Chiwashira recycles the Cinderella plot – the persecuted heroine rejects her suitors by way of deprioritizing Prince Charming’s wants and in this way Cinderella learns to put herself first.   Black Letter Media: You are […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Mitchel Tumuhimbise – The Scent of Living Wills

In The Scent of Living Wills, Mitchel Tumuhimbise introduces the reader to a United Nations of renegade teens in whose hands the fate of the world seems to depend. Speculative to the core, The Scent of Living Wills makes use of a percussive language and the great pull of love to vocalize what might be a necessary […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Eliza Mabungu – Rudo

In Eliza Mabungu’s short story, Rudo, home is an ambiguous entity, not always conducive to a comfortable life defined by the freedom to make personal choices – all the conflicts that matter are, at heart, questions of where we choose to make our homes and why.   Black Letter Media: We see Rudo navigate the maze of censorious, paternalistic […]

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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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