On collective consciousness, memory and imagination: An Interview with Troy Onyango

On collective consciousness, memory and imagination: An Interview with Troy Onyango

In Peregrination, an isolated religious community defends its autonomy against government intrusions until at last the soldiers arrive with their rifles; it is in the wisdom and foresight of its narrator that this modern parable about religious devotion is neither an uncritical survey of the effects of faith on believers nor a blind endorsement of the power of standing up for one’s beliefs. Peregrination has been longlisted for The Short Story is…

“The personal is political” – Nebila Abdulmelik writes about family

“The personal is political” – Nebila Abdulmelik writes about family

Nebila Abdulmelik’s Oma reads like a homage to one’s spiritual leader. While the narrative is energized by its narrator’s awareness that death is imminent, in cataloguing her subject’s life with sparkling anecdotes, Nebila Abdulmelik is able to chart Oma’s unique path. Oma has been longlisted for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! (2018) What was the germination of your story? A desire to somehow immortalize my aging grandmother who is now over 90. To be able to capture and document some of her…

Free State Foreign Invasions: An Interview with Christine Coates

Free State Foreign Invasions: An Interview with Christine Coates

Nostalgia and hope animate Christine Coates’ The Lightness of Lies, the story of a widow who perceives more than a foreign(ers’) invasion in the robed newcomers who descend on her Free State dorpie and, for a while, stir animosity in its community members. The Lightness of Lies, has been longlisted for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! (2018) What was the germination of your story?  The story came to…

From 2018 to 2019: Happy New Year!

From 2018 to 2019: Happy New Year!

As the year comes to a close and we all take some time to reflect on what has been and dream about what’s to come, I would like to thank you for being with us on this journey. I thank you for believing in us, trusting us with your work, celebrating our milestones with us, for being patient with us when we let you down and for never writing us…

ANNOUNCEMENT: Longlist For Our 2018 Short Story Prize

ANNOUNCEMENT: Longlist For Our 2018 Short Story Prize

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…

Announcing Judges For Our 2018 Short Story Competition

Announcing Judges For Our 2018 Short Story Competition

We are happy to announce the judges for our annual short story competition. Malebo Sephodi, Tendai Mwanaka and Lungile Zakwe will select the shortlist and winners of the fourth volume of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story, our yearly competition. The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story seeks to unearth fresh and important short fiction by emerging writers from the continent and its diasporas.…

Coming up: Zukiswa Wanner at Open Book Festival

Coming up: Zukiswa Wanner at Open Book Festival

This coming week, ZUKISWA WANNER will be in Cape Town for the annual Open Book Festival. Open Book Festival will take place from the 5th to the 9th of September at the Fugard Theatre. The feast full of literarty includes some of our faves like Niq Mhlongo, Sue Nyathi, Noziwe Cynthia Jele, Angela Makholwa, Pumla Gqola,  to name a fewand many more wonderful authors. The full programme is on the OBF…

6th Annual Writivism Festival Kicks off 17 Aug in Kampala

6th Annual Writivism Festival Kicks off 17 Aug in Kampala

Themed, ‘Legac(y)ies’   This year’s festival will include speakers such as luminaries Prof. Taban Lo Liyong, Goretti Kyomuhendo, authors Akwaeke Emezi (Freshwater), Ijangolet Ogwang (An Image in a Mirror), Mugabi Byenkya (Dear Philemona), Dami Ajayi (A Woman’s Body is a Country), Shadreck Chikoti (Azotus the Kingdom). We’re particularly excited for the writing competition winners to be announced.  Wishing the shortlisted writers a lot of luck.   Don’t miss out on these…

Zukiswa Warner and Hardly Working at Kingsmead Book Fair!

Zukiswa Warner and Hardly Working at Kingsmead Book Fair!

After successful book events in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Harare, Nairobi and Berlin, Zukiswa Wanner is taking Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts to the Kingsmead Book Fair. The 2018 Kingsmead Book Fair takes place this Saturday, 12 May at Kingsmead College in Rosebank. The programme runs from 9:30 till 5pm and will feature authors from all over the world including Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Malebo Sephodi, Achmat Dangor, Nozizwe Cynthia…

Call For Submissions: 2018 Short Story Competition (CLOSED)

Call For Submissions: 2018 Short Story Competition (CLOSED)

We invite submissions for our annual short story competition, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! We are open for submissions from May 4, 2018 to June 130, 2018.    Religion in Africa provides a wide range of listening and viewing strategies which can be invoked in different situations to make new meaning of the unfamiliar or preternatural. As one of the most persistent forces that drive our daily…