Congratulations toand Macharia Mwangi our December 2014 winners of the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition.
Zimbabwean author, Tendai Machingaidze is our winner of the month with her story, Metamorphosis, about a girl, who is swept off her feet by the charms of a man, who lures her away from her village with promises of a better life. Life for the couple starts off happily but soon the marriage takes a turn for the worse. Teandai is a published author, whose debut novel, Acacia, came out in April 2014.
Macharia Mwangi from Kenya is our runner-up. Mwangi’s story, Wanja, Sunny and Me, told in his unique poetic style, raises important questions as he narrates an interesting encounter involving a boy, a seemingly strange woman, a chicken, and a hawk.
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 We accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,500 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African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.
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.