Writivism has announced the shortlists for their Short Story and Koffi Addo Nonfiction Prizes. Both prizes’ longlists, released last month, named thirty-five writers in total.

First awarded in 2013, the $400 Writivism Short Story Prize is organised by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and is the highlight of the annual Writivism Festival. In the five years since, it has carved a niche for itself as a prize for short fiction by young writers. The $400 Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Nonfiction, initially open only to Ghanaians, is in its second year.

The shortlisted stories for their Short Story Prize will, as usual, be published in Munyori Literary Journal, while their Nonfiction finalists will appear in Enkare Review.

Here are the shortlisted stories.

The Writivism Short Story Prize

  • “Fairies,” by Saaleha Bhamjee (South Africa).
  • “Mobache,” by Régine Gwladys Lebouda (Cameroon).
  • “Stolen Pieces,” by Munachim Amah (Nigeria).
  • “The (Un)Lucky Ones,” by Andrew C. Dakalira (Malawi).
  • “This Story Has No End,” by Blessing J. Christopher (Nigeria).

The Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction

  • “A Long Way From Home,” by Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna (Nigeria).
  • “Finding Binyavanga,” by Sada Malumfashi (Nigeria).
  • “Meat Bomb,” by Charles King (South Africa).

Twelve out of the longlisted writers have been published by us and three of them made it to the shortlist. They include Saleeha BhamjeeAndre C. Dakalira, and Munachim Amah whose fiction appears in A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology published by us.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

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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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