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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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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  1. The Writivism Short Story Prize has gone to Nigeria’s Munachim Amah. He won for his short story, “Stolen Pieces.” He will receive the $400 prize money. - VickyBonsFictions - 2017/08/22

    […] Alongside Amah on the shortlist were South Africa’s Saaleha Bhamjee, for “Fairies”; Cameroon’s Régine Gwladys Lebouda, for “Mobache”; Malawi’s Andrew C. Dakalira, for “The (Un)Lucky Ones”; and Nigeria’s Blessing J. Christopher, for “This Story Has No End.” […]

  2. The 2017 Writivism Kofi Addo Prize for Nonfiction Goes to South Africa’s Charles King - VickyBonsFictions - 2017/08/23

    […] Addo Prize for Nonfiction has gone to South Africa’s Charles King. He won for “Meat Bomb.” Alongside him on the shortlist were two Nigerians: Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna, for “A Long Way From Home,” and Sada […]

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