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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 was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor 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 Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or 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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