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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.

THE WINNERS 

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.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. 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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