For our short story competition this year, we called for stories that looked into religion and how it manifests in everyday moments. We are happy to say the writers who submitted their work for consideration did not limit themselves to tangible explanations of faith or metanarratives that do little to question the dangers of religious belief, but considered the architecture of faith in fresh ways.
It is from these works that we have chosen a longlist of stories we feel are informed by an urgent need for self-reflection, drawing on a broad range of concerns that plague Africa especially.
After a period of blind reading from volunteer readers and our team, the following stories made it into the longlist for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol. 4. They were chosen for their clarity of voice, strong motive and fresh insight:
- Oma by Nebila Abdulmelik
- Un/Beloved by Themesha Khan
- The joy of meeting a helper by Okechi Okeke
- The lightness of lies by Christine Coates
- Emperor Tiberuius and the tokoloshe by Damon Yeld
- Bloodofjesus by Olubunmi Familoni
- Peregrination by Troy Onyango
- Omo, omo, omo by Ope Adedeji
- Pastor-malaya by Patrick Ochieng
- Absaloming by Tariro Ndoro
- The Elizabethans we lost by Carey Baraka
Congratulations to all the writers!
The stories will now go through a process of judging by our panel of three judges, who will decide on the shortlist and winners.
Judges for this year’s competition are Malebo Sephodi (author of Miss Behave), Tendai Mwanaka (owner of Mwanaka Media and Publishing), and Lungile Zakwe (founder of AFRO-Freedom Book Club). Read the full announcement here.
The shortlist will be announced in November 2018. We will be announcing the winners at a launch of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol. 4 later this year.
Look out for the cover reveal and announcement of the launch date on this blog and our our social media feed.