IMG_3282-e1453917905324

 

It’s almost time for the fourth edition of the Short Story Day Africa Prize (SSDA).

SSDA is one of the leading platforms for new writers in Africa. They published Okwiri Oduor’s story, “My Father’s Head,” which went on to win the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing.

SSDA is a project committed to telling Africa’s stories in all its beauty and complexity, but it also provides global exposure to little known African writers.

Every year, the organizers of the prize invite writers to submit stories inspired by a selected theme. One winner is awarded the prize, but some of the stories are then collected in an anthology.

Last year, the theme was “water.” Of the 400 entries submitted, 21 stories were selected and published in an anthology edited by Nick Mulgrew & Karina Szczurek.

This year the theme is “Migrations.” Here is how the organizers describe what they have in mind:

From our ancestors’ first forays through the continent, to the contemporary diaspora spread around the world, people are eternally moving in, out and about the African continent. Not everyone leaves out of their own volition, and not everyone comes with the best intentions: nevertheless, the story of Africa is the story of souls migrating, settling, unsettling, fleeing, seeking, resting, nesting and sharing stories, experiences and myths. From herds of migrating animals to treks both physical and spiritual, from the comfort of ancient myth to the desperation of those currently fleeing their homes, Short Story Day Africa is looking for a crop of short fiction that will bring a fresh, urgent perspective to one of our most profound phenomena, and the basis of all our greatest stories.

shortstorydayAfrica

While submissions are currently not open, I strongly urge aspiring writers out there to mark June 1 on their calendars. That is the date when entrieswill open.  Those who are interested will have until July 31st to submit their work. So start writing something now!

Here is the email to send any questions you might have:  info@shortstorydayafrica.org

To learn more about Short Story Day Africa, check out their website here

 

**********

Brittle Paper is not responsible for the organization or further promotion of this prize, neither do we have a stake in its popularity. Address any inquiry to the contact details included in the post. 

 

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.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

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.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

a mosaic of torn places

In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award […]

EVENT: Binyavanga Wainaina to Speak at University of the Witwatersrand

Binya Poster_25 July 2017_final

Binyavanga Wainaina will be speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He will be in conversation with the researcher […]

On Cultural Constraints on Human Rights | Interview with Farah Ahamed, Winner of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

farah ahamed

Days ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue has published an e-book of interviews with the twelve writers and photographers […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for This £30,000 Short Story Award

Submissions have begun for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Founded in 2010 and run by The Society of […]

On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

helen oyeyemi (1)

It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story […]