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Munachim Amah. Photo from Facebook.

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.

First awarded in 2013, the 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.

Alongside Amah on the shortlist were the 2014 winner, 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.”

Amah’s fiction appears in A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology we published, so his win is monumental for us. He joins a list of writers published by Brittle Paper who have won major prizes on the continent in 2017 alone: Romeo Oriogun’s Brunel Prize, Jowhor Ile’s Etisalat Prize, Akwaeke Emezi’s Commonwealth Prize. And others, also: Shade Mary-Ann Olaoye and Jonathan Durunguma’s Okike Prize. We have also published two of the finalists, Saleeha Bhamjee and Andrew C. Dakalira.

Read Munachim Amah’s “Stolen Pieces,” Saaleha Bhamjee’s “Fairies,” Régine Gwladys Lebouda’s “Mobache,” Andrew C. Dakalira’s “The (Un)Lucky Ones,” and Blessing J. Christopher’s “This Story Has No End” in Munyori Literary Journal.

Congatulations to Munachim Amah.

See photos from the 2017 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda.

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. 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. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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