Congratulations to our winners of the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition for October 2013. Mark Mngomezulu from Swaziland (pictured) is the winner of of our October Short Reads competition with his story, The Village Breadman. Mngomezulu, a previous finalist, beat out tight competition from the other finalists. His story, told simply and concisely, follows Manyosi as he goes about delivering bread to his customers. Manyosi is determined to improve his lot. He is working to save enough money so he can buy himself a small van in two years. Or so it seems, until another side of his personality unravels.
Overall, we continue to be hugely impressed by the quality of submissions. Selecting this month’s winner was not an easy task, and we are sure readers will find it just as hard to choose. All the finalists offered something unique and interesting – from dealing with current social themes to creating powerful story lines, sudden twists, and great dialogue. We hope you enjoy reading the stories as much as we did.
Acknowledging the quality of the submissions, we have selected four stories for the runners-up prize. In Amy, Kevin Eze from Nigeria, provides a moving portrayal of life in a war-riddled community, as seen through the eyes of a hospital nurse whose job it is to tend to victims and perpetrators alike. Mulumba Ivan Matthias from Uganda offers an entertaining piece in his story, Chasing My Tail, about a man who comes face to face with an old adversary. In Broken, Laura Germishuys from South Africa, provides a snapshot of life in a poor community, where many people struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. And in A Kenyan Christmas, our final runner-up, Lynda Kasina from Kenya invites us to share the spirit of Christmas with a grandmother and her extended family.
See below the full list of our winners and finalists for the month. A huge thanks to all the entrants.
- The Village Breadman (by Mark Mngomezulu) – Swaziland
- Amy (by Kevin Eze) – Nigeria
- Broken (by Laura Germishuys) – South Africa
- A Kenyan Christmas (by Lynda Kasina) – Kenya
- Chasing My Tail (by Mulumba Ivan Matthias) – Uganda
- Sweet Revenge (By Jacinta Kabuchu) – Kenya
- A Hunter’s Honor (by M.A.O. Hadji) – Somalia
- The Golden Baobab Tree (by Nkiacha Atemnkeng) – Cameroon
- Cucu Wa Milka (by Macharia Mwangi) – Kenya
- A Heart Beautiful (by Stanley Duoghah) – Ghana
- Mosquitoes (by Andrew Dakalira) – Malawi
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.