We are pleased to announce the winners of the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition for the months of January and February. This time round, our list of winners has a markedly Southern African flavor. Priscillar Matara from Botswana scooped the top prize with her story, My Mother, My Brother and I, about a child whose unusual relationship with her mother hides an even darker family secret. In The Sweetest Revenge, our first runner-up Refiloe Mabejane from Lesotho writes about a married woman, who against the advice of her friends, decides to take on a beautiful young girl as a maid. And from Swaziland, Mark Mngomezulu, our second runner-up and a past winner of the competition, returns with yet another engaging story, You Will Never See It , in which an old man takes a defiant stand against the colonial government’s introduction of a new tax on dog owners.
We took the decision to combine the entries from January and February because there weren’t enough qualifying entries from January. Below is the full list of our winners and finalists for January and February. A huge thanks, as usual, to all the entrants. Over to you readers – we hope you enjoy reading the stories as much as we did.
- My Mother, My Brother and I (By Priscillar Matara) – Botswana
- You Will Never See It (by Mark Mngomezulu) – Swaziland
- The Sweetest Revenge (by Refiloe Mabejane) – Lesotho
- Gazumped (by Stanley Duoghah) – Ghana
- Fruit of My Womb (by Gwendolene Mugodi) – Zimbabwe
- Mr. Gyang’s Rooster (by Mivanyi Kadala) – Nigeria
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 We accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,000 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African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.