New Book Alert: Hardly Working by Zukiswa Wanner

New Book Alert: Hardly Working by Zukiswa Wanner

We are proud to announce our first book of the year, our first nonfiction book – Hardly Working: A Travel memoir of shorts by Zukiswa Wanner In Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts, Zukiswa Wanner faces the challenges of travelling by road and crossing several borders while being a Zambian-born South African who lives in Kenya but her irreverent humour and uncanny ability to connect and make friends wherever…

The Shortlist Interviews: Mitchel Tumuhimbise – The Scent of Living Wills

The Shortlist Interviews: Mitchel Tumuhimbise – The Scent of Living Wills

In The Scent of Living Wills, Mitchel Tumuhimbise introduces the reader to a United Nations of renegade teens in whose hands the fate of the world seems to depend. Speculative to the core, The Scent of Living Wills makes use of a percussive language and the great pull of love to vocalize what might be a necessary reaffirmation of African ingenuity.   Black Letter Media: “The Scent of Living Wills” has a precise…

The Shortlist Interviews: Eliza Mabungu – Rudo

In Eliza Mabungu’s short story, Rudo, home is an ambiguous entity, not always conducive to a comfortable life defined by the freedom to make personal choices – all the conflicts that matter are, at heart, questions of where we choose to make our homes and why.   Black Letter Media: We see Rudo navigate the maze of censorious, paternalistic social regulations that define her village, even as you background the story with the minutiae…

The Shortlist Interviews: Osemegbe Aito – Petrichor

Heaven is a busy market and in Osemegbe Aito’s Petrichor it’s not always clear if Paradise is a better alternative to hell or perhaps organized religion has been selling the whole idea of unbridled well-being wrong. A careful petition, Aito presents us with Rachel and her cast of supporting figures – all hellbent on getting her to seventh heaven. But is she happy now?   Black Letter Media: We are, of course, not…

The Shortlist Interviews: Mary Ononokpono – Firewater

Disrupted trajectories characterize the multiplex world of Firewater: in Mary Ononokpono’s story, a firm study of social relationships as queuing networks, birth and death do not go hand in hand so smoothly, and complicated answers are ever provoked by softened questions. We spoke to Mary about the many passions that brought Firewater to being.   Black Letter Media: It’s intoxicating how subtly you weave in and out of genres in “Firewater”, sampling aspects of mythology, travel writing, epos,…

The Shortlist Interviews: Mwikali Mutune – Eye Color

We spoke to Mwikali Mutune about her short story Eye Color, a dystopian thriller centred on a cult hero whose death triggers the crumbling end for a totalitarian regime. Eye Color raises questions about tribal supremacy, the policing of love as un/pure, and is strangely tender in mapping the repercussions of one man’s faith in the power of music and freedom.   Black Letter Media: You never really delve into character behaviour with thick…

Winners for “The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” Prize Announced

Mary Ononokpono has been awarded first place for her story, “Firewater”. Osemegbe Aito and Tina Chiwashira take second and third place respectively!     I told you we were done and I meant it. Go to hell, I say, with steaming courage. —Tanganyika ABCs, Tina Chiwashira My brow softens, and I am in no doubt of this Elysian evenfall. Bliss. As I imagine the possibilities, fluorescent joy fills my cornea. Eye of Horus.…

Book Cover Reveal! The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 3

Book Cover Reveal! The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 3

We are excited to share with you the new cover of our upcoming short story anthology: The Short is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 3. The artwork was created by Megan Ross who is also responsible for last year’s cover. Volume 3 features the work of fifteen emerging writers who call Africa home, including the six shortlisted stories by Mwikali Mutune (Eye Color), Tina Chiwashira (Tanganyika ABCs), Mary Ononokpono…

The Short Story is Dead (vol 3) Shortlist is Announced!

After much deliberation, we present you with the shortlisted stories for the 3rd volume of our annual anthology of short fiction, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story. As with our previous instalments of The Short Story is Dead, we have had the pleasure of engaging with the promising work of some of the emergent writers from the continent; all the stories to be published in this…

The Short Story is Dead (vol 3) Longlist is Announced!

  True to the momentous event that inspired this year’s theme for our annual short story competition, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!, the longlisted stories address questions of social injustice, death, human rights, love and freedom, rendering an alternative vision of the future in ways that channel our past. Themed “The people shall…”, a phrase borrowed from the Freedom Charter, the third installment of our…