Shortlisted candidates for the 2017 annual writivism prize have been announced.
The shortlisted stories and candidates for the 5th annual short story prize include: Fairies by Saaleha Bhamjee (South Africa), Mobache by Régine Gwladys Lebouda (Cameroon), Stolen Pieces by Munachim Amah (Nigeria), The (Un)Lucky Ones by Andrew C. Dakalira (Malawi) and This Story Has No End by Blessing J. Christopher (Nigeria).
Three pieces and writers were shortlisted for the Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction and these are: A Long Way From Home by Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna (Nigeria), Finding Binyavanga by Sada Malumfashi (Nigeria) and Meat Bomb by Charles King (South Africa).
The Writivism Short Story Prize is an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE). Now in its fifth year, the prize has supported literary careers for hundreds of emerging African writers. Entrants must be in English or French from unpublished writers and resident in an African country. One is deemed published if they have a book of their own.
The Short Story Prize is judged by Helon Habila (chair), Sumayya Lee, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Emmanuel Sigauke and Edwige-Renée Dro. The Non Fiction prize panel comprises E. C. Osondu (chair), Panashe Chigumadzi and Angela Kintu Rwabose.
All the eight shortlisted writers will attend the 2017 Writivism Festival in Kampala from August 17-20 where the winner(s) will be announced.
The winner of the Short Story Prize will take home a cash prize of US$400 and take up a one month writing residency at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Short Story prize short-listers will attend the Writivism festival and win US$100 each. The winner of the Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non Fiction will take home a cash prize of US$500.
Acan Innocent Immaculate from Uganda clinched the 2016 writivism short story prize with her fantasy, Sundown, set in the year 2050 and centered around a 15 year old albino boy awaiting the cataclysmic death of the sun.