Nicola Coady (pictured) from South Africa is the winner of our September competition with her short story, Obio, about a man on his way to Boje, a city in Nigeria. Obio has never left his village before, not even to visit the neighboring villages, and now he nervously embarks on this must-trip to renew his life after a harrowing experience. This is a short story with all the magical ingredients – great dialogue, tension, and humor all throughout. Our first runner-up , May Kisanya from Kenya, submitted Lemayian’s Invention, a touching story about a young Maasai boy , who not only survives a difficult birth, but goes on to make it to the circumcision ceremony – an initiation rite that presages the transition to manhood. And in Endangered, our second runner-up Constant va Graan from Namibia writes about a students’ hiking trip to the Kruger National Park that goes horribly wrong. His story tries to capture the essence of human fragility and is also a tribute to the fight against rhino poaching and human trafficking.
Below is the full list of our winners and finalists for the month of September. A huge thanks to all the entrants. For a limited time, you can read all the stories online at Africa Book Club.
- Obio (by Nicola Coady) – South Africa
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 We accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,000 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African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.