Four months ago, we announced the kicking off of 2016 Short Story Day Africa Migrations Flow workshops, meant to assist writers work on their entries for the short story prize.

We are delighted to announce that a long list has been released! Comprising of 21 writers from nine different African countries, these stories will be compiled into an anthology. Whoop! We are eager to have the Migrations publication!

Three writers have also been awarded an online creative writing course that would last for 20 weeks. I know, these are exciting times for the young writer in Africa.

Readers say how difficult it was coming up with the long list:

‘The 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize, Migrations, was selected during two rounds of reading. The first round of blind reading was by volunteers across Africa. The second round by the members of the SSDA team, Nick Mulgrew, Karina Szczurek and Rachel Zadok, one of the Migrations editors, Efemia Chela, and the 2015 winner, Cat Hellisen.

Yesterday’s long list deliberations were difficult. There were several stories we struggled to let go. At one stage, there was talk of extending the anthology to include these stories, but in the end, we figured we have to draw a line somewhere. We instead decided to give these writers a special mention, and it is our hope that their stories go on to find deserving homes in other publications.’

Check out Africa’s newest authors:

The Migrations Long List

  1. Aba Asibon (Ghana)
  2. Anne Moraa (Kenya)
  3. Arja Salafranca (South Africa)
  4. Blaize Kaye (South Africa)
  5. Edwin Okolo (Nigeria)
  6. Francis Aubee (The Gambia)
  7. Fred Khumalo (South Africa)
  8. Gamu Chamisa (Zimbabwe)
  9. Gratitude Fisher (South Africa)
  10. Idza L (Kenya)
  11. Karen Jennings (South Africa)
  12. Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana)
  13. Mirette Bahgat Eskaros (Egypt)
  14. Mignotte Mekuria (Ethiopia)
  15. Mary Ononokpono (Nigeria/UK)
  16. Megan Ross (South Africa)
  17. Nyarsipi Odeph (Kenya)
  18. Okafor Tochukwu (Nigeria)
  19. Stacy Hardy (South Africa)
  20. TJ Benson (Nigeria)
  21. Umar Turaki (Nigeria)


Writers Who Get Special Mentions

  1. Caleb Somtochukwu Okereke (Nigeria)
  2. Dzekashu MacViban (Cameroon)
  3. Helen Walne (South Africa)
  4. Kathryn White (South Africa)
  5. Liam Kruger (South Africa)
  6. Linda Daniels (South Africa)
  7. Pamela Zintatu Ntshanga (South Africa)
  8. ZP Dala (South Africa)


Writers Awarded An Online Creative Writing Course (SSDA/All About Writing Development Prize)

  1. Pamela Zintatu Ntshanga (South Africa)
  2. Rodney Gariseb (Nambia)
  3. Derek Lubangakene (Uganda)

Judges for the SSDA prize are Sindiwe Magona, H.J. Golakai and Tendai Huchu. As we await the shortlist, we want to say congratulations to the 21 writers on the long list and to the organizers/funders of Short Story Day Africa, keep up with the good work!

Click here to read more on the prize and here for more information on SSDA.

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