I’m so incredibly honored to have served as a judge for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Competition.

Working with fellow judges—Chika Unigwe, Rachel Zadok, Mukoma wa Ngugi, and Tendai Huchu—was a joy. They were all always so fair, gracious, and perceptive in their appraisal of every story.

The review process was straightforward. After a series of blind readings, we whittled several batches of stories down to a long list of 14, then a shortlist of 5, and then the winning story.

Congrats to Pemi Aguda for winning the prize with “Caterer, Caterer,” her haunting urban tale written in a unique Lagos dialect.

I am grateful to all the writers for trying in their unique way to capture something authentic, resonant, and true about the continent.  It is was a joy to read the entries and to see the staggering diversity of writing taking place all over the continent.

Thanks to everyone who sent in a story. It took courage to put your work out there. I hope the experience was rewarding to you in some way or another.

To those who did not win, do not be deterred. Keep writing! 

Writivism should be praised for all they’ve accomplished in the contemporary African literary scene. There is nothing as noble as investing time, money, and effort in new writers. Adichie and Cole and Beukes are great to have, but we need new voices in the mix. Young people should be encouraged to tell their stories. Becoming a writer is no easy task, so they need all the support they can get. Thankfully, Writivism has stepped up to the challenge with the numerous writing workshops they fund in various African cities, the mentorship program, the annual festival, and of course the short story competition. 

Thanks to the folks at Cace and Writivism for letting me use my expertise as a critic and curator of African fiction to assist in choosing this year’s Writivism Short Story Competition winner. 


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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

5 Responses to “Thank You to the Folks at Writivism!” Subscribe

  1. A. 2015/06/25 at 10:31 am #

    Slight typo: To those who did not winner, do not be deterred. Keep writing! – See more at: http://brittlepaper.com/2015/06/writivism-short-story-competition/#sthash.j2ghRKHy.dpuf

  2. Ainehi Edoro 2015/06/25 at 10:34 am #

    @A You are awesome!

  3. Eddie Hewitt 2015/06/25 at 1:38 pm #

    This is a lovely piece, Ainehi. I am sure that everyone else involved was honoured to have you on the panel and part of the decision process for this wonderful event, too. You are delightfully humble and appreciative, but your contribution will have been considerable and you deserve to be recognised for this. I can’t wait to read the winning story and some of the others as well. Best wishes, Eddie

  4. Ainehi Edoro 2015/06/25 at 8:52 pm #

    @Eddie: I appreciate your support. Thanks for being a kind reader.

  5. Eddie Hewitt 2015/06/26 at 3:46 am #

    My pleasure 🙂

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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