Congratulations to the winners of our May 2014 Africa Book Club Short Reads competition. The winning entry for the month is Thereafter in Chwele (by Macharia Mwangi). In a distinctively poetic style, Mwangi writes about the disruptive impact of religion and western values on an African community’s way of life. Temitope Rotimi and Suleimn Buhari from Nigeria are our runners-up. Rotimi’s story, Delirium, is a gripping and tragic story about a young girl left broken by the death of her boyfriend. The story shines light on the challenges and scars that come with mental illness. And in Learning Arabic, Buhari provides an engaging account of childhood in a story about two boys who learn how to read the Quran in Arabic.
Congratulations again to our May 2014 Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition winners.
- Thereafter in Chwele (by Macharia Mwangi) – Kenya
- Where the Heart Is (by Natisha Parsons) – South Africa
- Good Intentions (by Arthur Woniala) – Uganda
- Bloody Rain and Brown (by Matthew Wasambo) – Kenya
- At Vicky’s Bar (by Uzoma Ihejirika) – 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 We accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,500 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African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.