In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the Nigeria-based African literature blog SynCity NG announced a prize and a call for submissions to an anthology. The anthology, A Feast for Memory, introduced by the Zimbabwean novelist Tendai Huchu and featuring ten short stories, is now available on its site. The five highest-ranked stories for the prizes, judged by the Kenyan writer Mukoma wa Ngugi and the Nigerian novelist Leye Adenle, won cash prizes, mentoring and editing sessions, and books.


Joint first place winners: $55 (N20,000) and a session with a guest judge. (To be split equally among first place winners)

  • Frances Ogamba, for “A Memorial In Service of Our Daughter, Sister, and Cousin”
  • Chiedozie, for “Diagnosis”

Third place winner: Professional editing of one short story by the writer and a book gift.

  • Ezeani Chucks, for “A Zanga Soldier Never Dies”

Fourth place winner: One book.

  • Erhu Kome Yellow, for “This Too Shall Pass”

Fifth place winner: One book.

  • Maureen Onyeziri, for “Taming the Spirit”

Read the anthology on the SynCity website.

We congratulate SynCity and their prize winners.