AMAB and Home of Book Foundation announce today October 31, 2015 the Long list for the Flash Fiction Competition 2015. The unique annual Nigerian literary prize, established by the two literary organizations, is worth N100, 000 in books, for the first, second and third prizes. In addition to winning the book prizes, winners will have the opportunity to be published in the first Nigerian anthology of flash fiction 2016.

This year, 72 entries were received at the expiration of the deadline. The contestants were directed to submit entry not more than 1000 words. The judges observed that most of these entries were issue-based stories inclined towards exploitation, gender abuse, rape, child witches, child labour, among others. Narratives with thematic pre-occupations along contemporary times were few and far between. Some of the contestants put sociological criteria over good writing and approached these issues, not with fresh insights but rather, chose to go for shock over substance. In all, most of the entries were not probing enough nor deftly handled. However, there were stories with lots of promise. The authors of such demonstrated clear-headed thinking and the potential for future good writing.

Find below, the long list in alphabetical order:

  1. A New kind of Home by Mary Ann Olaoye
  2. An Abundance of Yellow Paper by Tarfa Benson
  3. Baptism by Sybbil Whyte
  4. Barber by Olakunle Ologunro
  5. Black by Nurain Oladeji
  6. Blood on the Soil by Kelvin Alaneme
  7. Daughters by Basit Jamiu
  8. Desire by Debora Oluniran
  9. God and other Griefs by Ohioleh Osadebey
  10. Home by Tochukwu Okafor
  11. Lost by Okwara Mirian
  12. New Openings by Awwal Abdul
  13. Not at Home by Aminu S. Muhammad
  14. of madness and life by Hauwa
  15. Rubber Band Boy by Fu’ad Lawal

A shortlist will be announced on November 30, 2015. Stories in the long list will be published in due course.

Nur-d-din Temitayo Busari
Head Consultant, AMAB

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