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Mubanga Kalimamukwento.

The Kalemba Short Story Prize has announced its 2019 shortlist, comprising six writers, including Mubanga Kalimamukwento, author of the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award winning novel The Mourning Bird. Currently in its second year, the $1000 Kalemba Short Story Prize, funded and administered by the publishing company Ukusefya WORDS, is awarded to the best work of original and unpublished short fiction written in English by a Zambian.

Here is the shortlist:

  • “The Masks,” Lucy Zulu Simuzingili
  • “All to Love,” Lydia Ngoma
  • “Pain by Any Other Name,” Fiske Nyirongo
  • “Inswa,” Mubanga Kalimamukwento
  • “Binary,” Jumani Clarke
  • “Career Battle,” Mirriam Lusambo

The 2019 prize judges are the poet Kayo Chingonyi, Austin Kaluba, Mulenga Kapwepwe, and Brittle Paper editor Ainehi Edoro, who is the chair. Professor Edoro described the shortlist as “dramatic, exciting, resonant and evocative.” The stories are “woven around the subjects of love, resistance, loss and survival.”

The inaugural prize was won last year by Mali Kambandu.

The 2019 winner will be announced on 17 June.

Brittle Paper congratulates the six finalists.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. 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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