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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 Nnaemekaram 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 facilitated by Giles Foden. 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 and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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