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The longlist for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! has been announced. The prize is organised by Black Letter Media, a full service print and digital publishing and bookselling company with “focus on publishing new storytellers who have a unique, powerful and alternative vision of Africa.”

The winning short story will receive R5 000, while the first and second runner-up stories will receive R1 500 and R500 respectively. All the longlisted stories will appear in The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story (Vol. 3), to be launched in late 2017.

Here is the press release.

True to the momentous event that inspired this year’s theme for our annual short story competition, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!, the longlisted stories address questions of social injustice, death, human rights, love and freedom, rendering an alternative vision of the future in ways that channel our past. Themed “The people shall…”, a phrase borrowed from the Freedom Charter, the third installment of our short story competition provides an essential outlet for new and emerging writers from Africa and the Diaspora looking to tell the continent’s stories in innovative forms.

We received over 100 stories from all over the continent and beyond, triple our call for submissions for volume 2 of the same competition—we are thrilled to see this growing interest in The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story anthology.

Here are the longlisted writers.

  • Natassia Garisch (South Africa)
  • Louis Ogbere (Nigeria)
  • Eliza Mabungu (South Africa)
  • Henry Ohaegbulam (Nigeria)
  • Carey Baraka (Kenya)
  • Mandla Dlali (South AFrica)
  • Lerato Matshwane (South Africa)
  • Mary Ononokpono (Nigeria)
  • Mpho Mokone (Lesotho)
  • Busisiwe Manana (South Africa)
  • Hope Njoku (Nigeria)
  • Tina Chiwashira (Zimbabwe)
  • Stephanie Wanga (Kenya)
  • Jenny Robson (Botswana)
  • Mitchel Tumuhimbise (Uganda)
  • Diketseng Motseke (South Africa)
  • Osemegbe Aito (Nigeria)
  • Mwikali Mutune (Kenya)
  • Erhu Amreyan (Nigeria)

The judges are Kgauhelo Dube, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, and Sabata-mpho Mokae. The shortlist will be announced shortly.

Congratulations to the longlisted writers.

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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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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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