Brittle Paper - Short Story Day Africa

The annual Short Story Day Africa Prize is set to open for submissions on June 1, 2017. This year’s theme is “Id.”

The winner is to be awarded $800, while the second-placed and third-placed entrants get $200 and $100 respectively.

Below is the full press release as it appears on the site:

In early psychoanalysis, the “Id” was postulated as being one of three aspects of personality, and the only one over which we have no control. Often hidden and home to the unconscious, the Id is the core of the self, our instinctual nature, our deepest desires. The I before ego, the earliest version of ourselves, the who we are before we have had time to be.

In modern Africa, our identities are too often defined for us and not by us, trapped by society, biology and history. In 2017, we hope to see work that seeks to break and redefine the strictures put onto our identities, as individuals and as peoples. Fiction that looks beyond the boundaries of expectation, and peers into the truest definitions of ourselves.

Founded in 2013, the Short Story Day Africa Prize was won by Okwiri Oduor that year, by Diane Awerbuck in 2014, by Cat Hellisen in 2015, and by Sibongile Fisher in 2016.

See the submission guidelines HERE.

 

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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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