The Africa Book Club Short Reads writing competition is back. We are pleased to announce the winners of the competition for the months of July, August, September and October. The twelve stories below provide an excellent mix of perspectives and contributions, and above all, compelling stories that we hope you will enjoy as much as we did.
Congratulations to our winners – Sandra Hunter, Wanjiku wa Ngugi, Elinettie Chabwera, Jessie de Boer, Mathew Wasambo, Andrew Dakalira, Ras Mengesha, Peter Gitau, O’Sea Bishop Nwachukwu, C.M. Okonkwo, David Chasumba, and Loreen Nyambo.
October 2014 Winners
Sandra Hunter is our winner for the October round of the competition with her story, Reaching Across. In a moving story about love in the face of seemingly insurmountable barriers, she explores the political and historical complexities of interracial relationships in post-apartheid South Africa.
- Reaching Across (by Sandra Hunter) – USA
- Father Matheri (by Wanjiku wa Ngugi) – Kenya/Finland
- Someone Else’s Child (by Elinettie Chabwera) – Malawi/ USA
September 2014 Winners
Jessie de Boer’s story about an old man, whose live revolves around his bees, helps to highlight the deep connections that many local communities in Africa and elsewhere, share with nature. Her story, The Honey Man, wins our September competition.
- The Honey Man (by Jessie de Boer) – Kenya
August 2014 Winners
Ras Mengesha scoops our August competition with his short story, Love is Not Obliged, which follows two child soldiers, Fati and Birahima, whose lives are entangled in the theater of war. The children explore their feelings for each other, even as they confront their demons.
- Love is Not Obliged (by Ras Mengesha) – Kenya
July 2014 Winners
C.M Okonkwo’s story, Invisible Daddy, was our winner for the July round of the competition. Okonkwo writes about a miserly father, who refuses to share his wealth with his own family. The tables are turned when he gets served a taste of his own medicine.
- Invisible Daddy (by C.M. Okonkwo) – Nigeria
- The Miser and the Golden Leaf (by David Chasumba) – Zimbabwe/United Kingdom
- More than a Stranger (by Loreen Nyambo) – Malawi
For a limited time, you can read all the stories online at Africa Book Club.
About the Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition
The Africa Book Club “Short Reads” Competition is a monthly writing competition that features short stories drawn from contributors across the African continent. We accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,500 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African authors.
We welcome entries that celebrate Africa’s diversity and rich story telling traditions – anything from fiction and non-fiction stories that reflect life on the continent to childhood memoirs and travel stories. For more about the competition, including eligibility criteria, prizes and entry process, click here. You can also find all the recent winning stories here.