SSDA Releases The Longlist For The $1000 Short Story Day Africa Prize

On the 6th of December 2017, SSDA released the longlist for the $1000 short story day Africa prize.  This year they sought after innovative short fiction exploring identity, especially themes surrounding gender identity and sexuality.

This year’s list features stories from all over the continent and diaspora such as  ‘All Our Lives’. This story follows nine young men trying to make it in Lagos; ‘Limbo’ takes a woman who works as a scarecrow on a journey of sexual discovery; ‘Borrowed by the Wind’ reflects on masculinity, accountability and violence in a South African context; a young Muslim woman questions the patriarchy and her own sexuality in ‘Fever’; while ‘The Piano Player’ is an interesting reversal of the African going to America trope. Other stories on the longlist tackle notions of love, sexuality, the phenomenon of menstruation, otherness, and mental illness.

The shortlist – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place – will be announced early next year.

The resulting anthology from the longlisted entries, ID: New Short Fiction from Africa, will be edited by Helen Moffett, who will select her editing fellows as part of the SSDA/Worldreader Editing Mentorship, now in its second year.  The collection is due for release in July 2018.

Check out the long list below;

1. ‘Limbo’ by Innocent Ilo – Nigeria

2. ‘All Our Lives’ by Okafor Tochukwu – Nigeria

3. ‘Borrowed by the Wind’ by David Medalie – South Africa

4. ‘God Skin’ by Michael Yee – South Africa

5. ‘Who We Were Then, Who We Are Now’ by Nadu Ologoudou – Benin

6. ‘Plums’ by Kharys Laue – South Africa

7. ‘Waiting’ by Harriet Anena – Uganda

8. ‘The Piano Player’ by Agazit Abate – Ethiopia

9. ‘A Brief Eruption Of Madness’ by Eric Essono Tsimi – Cameroon

10. ‘When the War Came Home’ by Heran Abate – Ethiopia

11. ‘Ibinabo’ by Michael Agugom – Nigeria

12. ‘Fever’ by Alithnayn Abdulkareem – Nigeria

13. ‘Unblooming’ by Alexis Teyie – Kenya

14. ‘Transubstantiation’ by Genna Gardini – South Africa

15. ‘Taba’ by Adelola Ojutiku – Nigeria

16. ‘Bloated’ by Hanna Ali – Somalia

17. ‘The Geography of Sunflowers’ by Michelle Angwenyi – Kenya

18. ‘The House on the Corner’ by Lester Walbrugh – South Africa

19. ‘Blue in Green’ by Chourouq Nasri -Morocco

20. ‘Sew Your Mouth’ by Cherrie Kandie – Kenya

21. ‘South of Samora’ by Farai Mudzingwa – Zimbabwe

Miriam David

Miriam is a creative writer, short story blogger, editor and contributor on creativewritingnews.net . She is an alumnus of the great University of Benin, a philosopher and an aspiring author of best sellers to come. When she is not writing, she is either working, keeping up with social media trends,reading novels, listening to good music, seeing movies or dreaming up stories.

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