Africa Book Club is pleased to announce the winners of our December 2013 Africa Book Club Short Reads competition.
Six stories made our final shortlist. The winning entry for December is Into the Bush, a story by Mulumba Ivan Matthias from Uganda, about a family forced to flee the city and seek refuge in the village when the violence of war starts to take its toll. Andrew Dakalira from Malawi, David Chasumba from Zimbabwe, and Christopher Otim from Uganda share the runner-up spot. In Priest, Dakalira writes about a remote village in Malawi, where church traditions mean everything and change is unwelcome. Inspired by the farm invasions that plagued Zimbabwe in the early 2000s, David Chasumba’s The Promised Land is about a white farmer confronting the war veterans that come to claim his farm. And Christopher Otim tells the story of Kalisto the Pickpocket, a village boy who comes to beg in the city and eventually makes it big, only to fall victim to the harsh realities of city crime.
Below is the list of our winners and finalists for December 2013. Congratulations to all the participants. We look forward to many more stories in 2014. Happy new year.
- Into the Bush (by Mulumba Ivan Matthias) – Uganda
- Priest (by Andrew Dakalira) – Malawi
- Kalisto the Pickpocket (by Christopher Otim) – Uganda
- The Promised Land (by David Chasumba) – Zimbabwe
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 We accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,000 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African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.