This is the fourth round of our monthly Africa Book Club Short Reads competition. We continue to be amazed by the range and depth of the submissions that we’ve received since we launched the competition. Every one of the stories so far has touched us in some special way. And last month’s stories were no different.
The winning story for our November 2013 competition comes from Nigeria’s Chinenye Emezie-Egwuonwu. Her submission, Glass House, is a story about domestic violence and its consequences, told through the eyes of a child.
Four stories were selected for the runners-up prize. From Kenya, Christine Mwai’s story, Lucifer Has a Name, explores the difficulties of dealing with bipolar disorder – a psychological illness that many Africans neither understand nor take seriously. Stanley Doughah from Ghana shares his story about a romance gone bad in To Trap a Man. And in Buried Alive in the Hot Kalahari Sand, Jane Nannono, a Ugandan based in Botswana writes about a woman’s fight to start a new life after divorcing an abusive husband. Footsteps of the Shadows, by Caroline Biegon completes our runners-up list. Biegon writes about a young girl’s desperate struggle for survival in the face of insurmountable natural disasters and an uncaring society.
Below is the full list of our winners and finalists for the month of November. Congratulations on yet another hugely enthralling round of submissions. Happy holidays and see you next year.
- Glass House (by Chinenye Emezie-Egwuonwu) – Nigeria
- Lucifer Has a Name (by Christine Mwai) – Kenya
- Footsteps of the Shadows (by Caroline Biegon) – Kenya
- Buried Alive in the Hot Kalahari Sand (by Jane Nannono) – Uganda
- To Trap a Man (by Stanley Duoghah) – Ghana
- African Time (By Kelechi Njoku) – Nigeria
- ZeruZeru (by Christopher Otim) – Uganda
- Leap Day (by Jacquie Gauthier) – Canada/South Africa
- Reverie (by Christine Mwai) – Kenya
- A Woman to Love (by Stanley Duoghah) – Ghana
- Baba Okon (by Nonso Anyanwu) – 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 We accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,000 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African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.