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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 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 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 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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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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