Tag: The Short Story is Dead Long Live the Short Story! Vol. 2

Short Story Competition Update

Thank you to everyone who shared our short story call out across their social media platforms. And thank you, especially, to all the writers who have submitted their stories. We have received over 100 short stories. This is an incredible record compared to last year when we started the competition – submissions tripled. Stories are being […]

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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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We’re in African Flavour Books

I am so excited to let you all know that you can now found our books at the awesome African Flavour Books! Listen, African Flavour Books is the place to be. They are at Vaal Walk shopping centre in Vanderbijlpark. The Helepis are champions of African literature, reading and books, so when you buy from […]

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Black Letter Media Shines At 8th Jozi Book Fair

  We need to see ourselves in books. – Mohale Mashigo   It was a great weekend at the 8th Jozi Book Fair: Youth Rising at Wits University. The sun was out and so were all the readers, writers and booksellers. Duduzile Mabaso handed down her short story wisdom to the students in the How To Write […]

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We’re announcing the winner for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 2 at #JBF

Join us at Jozi Book Fair as we announce the long awaited winner of our short story competition – The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! We’ll be reading and discussing stories from the first volume published in 2012 and the upcoming volume of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Obinna Udenwe – Men Are Fools

Men Are Fools… I’m sure something is everyone woman has uttered at some stage in her life. But here Obinna Udenwe skilfully turns the tables on our expectations of young men and women and their behaviour. Set in Ghana, in the fever of the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match, “Men Are Fools” is a story of global […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Nkosithandile Peme – For My Brother

In For My Brother, Nkosithandile chronicles the interplay between a rebellious brother and his sister tripping over the loose ends of a romantic relationship gone awry. For such a young writer, she explores some weighty themes including: the generational influence of HIV/AIDS and grief. We spoke to the young woman behind the story to get to the heart of […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Gugu McLaren – The Silence of The Morning

Subtle, and quietly impeccable is one way to describe “The Silence of The Morning.” In her story, Gugu, the author captures the zeitgeist of modern cities and their inhabitants – the ambivalent ones, the self-satisfied and everyone in between. Here she speaks more on these topics about what lies ahead.   Black Letter Media: How […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Wam Bam Man – Nwankwo Adaobi

“Wam Bam Man” pits a feisty saleswoman against a richer older man and the reader gets to watch the fallout. Set in Nigeria, but universal in its portrayal of events, the story speaks to anyone who has ever been trapped in a sticky situation. The author, Nwankwo spoke to us about her take on women’s […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Thato Magano – Parallels of Yesterday

“Parallels of Yesterday”, moves us back and forth in time and similarly between two men in a covert romantic relationship. Thato Magano presents us with a complex situation, potent lyrical eroticism and the pain of love confronting tradition in this very compelling read. We spoke to him about literary bravery, his favourite short stories and other […]

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