Meet Our 2017 Short Story Competition Judges

Meet Our 2017 Short Story Competition Judges

Our annual short story competition is in its second year. And just like last year,  our winning story and the two runner up stories will win R5000, R1500 and R500 respectively. Short listed stories as well as the winning stories will be published in our annual short story anthology “The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!”

The submissions deadline is 9 days away on the 31st of May. Stories will go through a blind judging phase and the short list and the winners will be chosen by our three judges Kgauhelo Dube, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire and Sabata-mpho Mokae.

Read more about who our judges are below.

“Commercial brands, through existing brand affinity with this market, have a unique opportunity to make activism and intellectualism ‘cool’ in a meaningful and relevant way”. Kgauhelo Dube – Founder of Kajeno Media.

Dube combines her experience and knowledge of the traditional advertising into the work she does within the arts sector – particularly in her work promoting African Literature across a myriad of media platforms.

Coming from a strong brand strategy and research background within the advertising industry, Kgauhelo brings an interesting skills complement to the arts sector After studying Integrated Marketing Communications, she started off her career in Public Relations where she harnessed long-standing relationships with the media. The next challenge was moving into brand management and strategy. She been part of dynamic teams that worked on many recognizable commercial brands. A change was imminent… she moved out of the advertising/ communications agency environment to the arts sector, where she started Kajeno Media which specialises in multimedia content strategy.

Kgauhelo Dube was a nominee in the Department of Arts And Culture’s 2015 Mbokodo Women In Arts Award for the category of “Promoting Arts, Culture and Heritage in the Media”.

BWESIGYE BWA MWESIGIRE is a Ugandan lawyer and writer. His work appears mostly online at This is Africa, Africa in Words, African Arguments, Africa is a Country among others. He has also been published by Chimurenga Chronic, Saraba Magazine, African Roar among other literary periodicals. He has taught Human Rights and Legal Theory at various universities in Uganda. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law and Security from Makerere and King’s College London, respectively. He is the co-founder of the Centre for African Cultural Excellence, the hosts of the pan African Writivism Literary Initiative. He has in the past judged the Short Story Day Africa Children and Young Adult Prize.

SABATA-MPHO MOKAE writes in English and Setswana. He is the author of a biography The Story of Sol T Plaatje, a youth novella Dikeledi and a poetry collection Escaping Trauma. His first novel, Ga Ke Modisa [I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper] won the M-Net Literary Award for Best Novel in Setswana as well as the M-Net Film Award in 2013. The same book has since been prescribed as study material at the North West University (NWU) and Central University of Technology (CUT). Mokae also won the South African Literary Award in 2011. His short story Down Sol Plaatje Drive was performed on theatre stage in Iowa City, USA in 2014. His latest book Kanakotsame: In My Times, a collection of short English stories, was launched in 2015. In September/October 2015 he was a Writer of the Month in Accra, Ghana. In 2014 Mokae was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa, USA. He recently participated at the Singapore Writers Festival. He is a creative writing lecturer at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley.


deadline 31 May 2017, 21:59pm. Submit on