Congratulations to the winners of the May 2015 round of the Africa Book Club Short Reads writing competition.
We continue to be amazed by the quality and richness of the entries and this month was no different.
Macharia Mwangi from Kenya is this month’s winner with his story, At Work Today, in which the main character recounts his day at work on a flower farm. It is a moving story with a twist. Followers of this competition will know Mwangi from some of his earlier winning stories. Our first runner-up, Stella Riunga is also from Kenya. Her story was inspired by a newspaper article about working conditions at an illegal sand quarry, Riunga’s story, Sand Quarry, puts a human face to the people involved in this kind of work- their precarious lives, routines, and hopes. Nigerian author Ozimede Ekhalume’s story, The Devil is a Chauffeur, completes our list of winners for the month. Ekhalume writes about a man, who finds out that his driver has more baggage than he can handle.
- At Work Today (by Macharia Mwangi) – Kenya
- Sand Quarry (by Stella Riunga) – Kenya
- The Devil is a Chauffeur (by Sunny Ozimede Ekhalume) – 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 We accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,500 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African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.
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.