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2019/20 Short Story day Africa Prize Longlist: Disruption

They likewise could not meet personally due to Covid-19 limitations to discuss the long-long list as a group. Rather, they went over and safeguarded their stories in the columns of an excel spreadsheet.

This year, as constantly, the very first round of reading was blind. A knowledgeable team of editors checked out with a keen eye for initial composing that exhibited resourcefulness and a strong voice

Masiyaleti Mbewes brutal tale of Apartheid and climate modification through the eyes of a time-travelling cyborg sits along with Genna Gardinis diverting allegory of friendship and a gotten away unique animal. There are lots of other fantastic takes on the theme and our company believe each story on the list has something brand-new to use to the African literary world

The longlisted stories all deal with the style of Disruption in ingenious methods and represent a variety of genres, from Innocent Ilos creative exploration of a post-apocalyptic African town, to Victor Fornas stylistic take on the destruction of humankind.


Stories to be released by Short Story day Africa Prize.

The resulting anthology from the longlisted entries, Disruption: New Short Fiction from Africa, will be modified by Rachel Zadok, founder of Short Story Day Africa and author of Sister-Sister and Gem Squash Tokoloshe.

Theyre also enjoyed be releasing their first-ever equated story, Armandos Virtuous Crime by Najwa Bin Shatwan, remarkably equated from Arabic into English by Sawad Hussain.

The organizers could not have actually predicted the interruptions that Covid-19 would trigger, from group members contracting the virus, to not having the ability to gain access to financing, to crucial group members who volunteer their time no longer having the ability to dedicate the many hours it takes to assemble a longlist due to no longer having protected incomes.

SSDA reveals appreciation to all the writers for trusting them with their stories. Judging this year was exceptionally close-cut, with stories in the metaphorical arena as they attempted to whittle the list down to just twenty-one. To the authors who didnt make it: You are encouraged to keep composing, and keep submitting.


They searched for writing that had, at its core, that special something that is tough to specify but that shines through and sticks to the reader.

They d like to reveal their thanks to all the unbelievable people who contributed towards the job or purchased copies of Hotel Africa, readily available on Amazon, and our publishing partner New Internationalist.

The list this year features stories from across the continent. The organizers of this award were especially excited to be publishing stories from Libya and Sierra Leone, both firsts for Short Story Day Africa.

SSDA awards prize cash of US$ 800 (about R13,500) for first place, $200 for 2nd location, and $100 for 3rd place. The previous winners of the prize are Adam El Shalakany, Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor, Sibongile Fisher, Cat Hellisen, Diane Awerbuck and Okwiri Oduor.

Interruptions To The 2019/2020 Short Story Day Africa Prize.

The longlist for the 2019/20 Short Story Day Africa Prize has been announced. The reward was established in 2013, and is open to any African person or African individual living in the diaspora.

Fittingly, this years Prize theme is Disruption.

Congratulations to the twenty-one long listed authors!

The shortlist– first, 2nd, and third location– will be announced in 2021

The 2019/20 Short Story Day Africa Prize Disruption Longlist:.



A Defiant Departure by MacSmart Ojiludu– Nigeria.
Another Zombie Story by Kanyinsola Olorunnisola– Nigeria.
Armandos Virtuous Crime by Najwa Bin Shatwan equated in to English by Sawad Hussain– Libya.
Before the Rains Came by Nadia Ahidjo-Iya– Cameroon.
Before We Die Unwritten by Innocent Ilo– Nigeria.
Between the Hard Earth and Dry Heaven by Melusi Nkomo– Zimbabwe.
D ɔrəs Song by Victor Forna– Sierra Leone.
Enough by Nicholas Dawn– South Africa.
The Fishtank Crab by Genna Gardini– South Africa.
The Girl Named Uku/phaza/mi/ se/ka by Philisiwe Twijnstra– South Africa.
The Girl Who Always Laughed by Doreen Anyango– Uganda.
Kin by Masiyaleti Mbewe– Zambia.
Laatlammer by Julia Louw– South Africa.
Lycaon Pictus by Liam Brickhill– Zimbabwe.
The Mother by Jacob Mhango– Zambia.
Objects in the Mirror Are Stranger Than They Appear by Kevin Mogotsi– Botswana.
Shelter by Mbozi Haimbe– Zambia.
The Sound of Betrayal by Idza Luhumyo– Botswana.
Static by Alithnayn Abdulkareem– Nigeria.
Waiting to Die by Yefon Isabelle– Cameroon.
When the Levees Break by Edwin Okolo– Nigeria

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