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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 is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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