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'Short Story Day Africa has a “survival ethos”: to subvert ideas about what it means to be a writer in Africa, and what makes a story African. With that brief, the 2015 competition theme, Water, attracted a pool of 456 writers from 13 countries across Anglophone Africa and its diaspora. Judges Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Billy Kahora and Mary Watson read the top 21 qualifying entries blind, and the resulting anthology is superb.' - The Sunday Times, South Africa.

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'Short Story Day Africa provides an increasingly powerful springboard for young talent.' - The Guardian.

'With settings both realistic and fantastical, and stories both lyrical and urgent, this collection is the definitive high watermark for fiction from Africa this year.' - Pen South Africa.

Short Story Day Africa brings together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers and school children from all over the globe to write, submit, read, workshop and discuss stories. This is the third in the SSDA collection of anthologies which aim to break the one-dimensional view of African story telling and fiction writing.

Shortlisted Authors:

  • Alex Latimer (South Africa)
  • Fred Khumalo (South Africa)
  • Chido Muchemwa (Zimbabwe)
  • Cat Hellisen (South Africa)
  • Megan Ross (South Africa)
  • Mark Winkler (South Africa)

Longlisted Authors:

  • Donald Molosi (Botswana)
  • Wairimu Muriithi (Kenya)
  • Christine Coates (South Africa)
  • Mark Mngomezulu (Swaziland)
  • Louis Ogbere (Nigeria)
  • Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia)
  • Florence Onyango (Kenya)
  • Louis Greenberg (South Africa)
  • Wesley Macheso (Malawi)
  • Siyanda Mohutsiwa (Botswana)
  • Alexis Teyie (Kenya)
  • Mary Okon Ononokpono (Nigeria/UK)
  • Dayo Ntwari (Rwanda)
  • Thabo Jijana (South Africa)
  • Pede Hollist (Sierra Leone)

About the Editors:

Karina Szczurek is an editor of fiction and non-fiction. She writes short stories, novels, poetry and plays.

Nick Mulgrew is a freelance editor and a columnist for the Sunday Times, South Africa.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-308-3
Dimensions: 194 mm x 129 mm
Format: Paperback
Page extent: 284
Publication date: April 2016

Date added: November 13, 2015

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