Short Story Day Africa is pleased to announce the shortlist for the R10 000 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction.

This year over 450 entrieswere received for the Prize from over two dozen countries, from writers both living on the African continent and in the African diaspora. Once whittled down according to submissions guidelines, each story was stripped of all identifying elements and sent to two readers. A selection of 60 stories was then whittled down by the SSDA team to a longlist of 21. Alllonglisters stories will be collected in Water: New Short Fiction From Africa, Short Story Day Africa’s third anthology.


The esteemed judging panel for this year’s Prize consisted of South African Mary Watson, Kenyan Billy Kahora and Nigerian Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. The three judges blind-read and judged all the longlisted stories and, between the three of them, they selected a shortlist of six.

The shortlist is as follows:

“A Fierce Symmetry” by Alex Latimer

“Water No Get Enemy” by Fred Khumalo

“Finding Mermaids” by Chido Muchemwa

“The Worme Bridge” by Cat Hellisen

“Traces” by Megan Ross

“Ink” by Mark Winkler

The winners will be announced at the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria in November. The grand prize winner is set to win R10 000. Prizes are sponsored by Worldreader, Books Live, ANT ProHelvetia and All About Writing.

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