We are pleased to announce the winners of our monthly writing competition for the months of March and April 2015.
Dexter Zvicha from Zimbabwe is the winner of our March 2015 writing competition. In Just a Lucky Man, Zvicha writes about a customer who receives more money than he’s due from a Western Union agent. But rather than return the money, the man pockets the money and bolts. The story follows him as he proceeds to spend his small fortune.
Our winner for the April 2015 round of the competition is Jennifer Eneanya (pictured). Eneanya uses irony and humor to great effect in her story, The Slayer’s Religion, about a cheating husband who meets his match. Nnamdi Oguike is our first runner-up with his story, Preparations for Easter in Ajegunle, which takes us to what is reputedly, the biggest slum in Nigeria.
Edward Gakuya is our second runner-up. Gakuya’s story, Shadows, follows a crime investigation in a quiet neighborhood.
Congratulations to the winners. We hope you enjoy reading this round of winning stories as much as we did.
March 2015 Winner
- Just a Lucky Man (by Dexter Zvicha) – Zimbabwe
April 2015 Winners
- The Slayer’s Religion (Jennifer Eneanya) – 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 We accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,500 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African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.
The Bundle of Joy and Other Stories from Africa: Africa Book Club Anthology: Volume 1 (2014), our first anthology featuring past winning stories from the competition is now out, and copies are available from the Africa Book Club store and Amazon.com.