Four Nigerians, Munachim Amah, Blessing J. Christopher, Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna, and Sada Malumfashi have made the joint shortlist for two 2017 Writivism prizes.
The shortlists were selected by the two different panels of judges for the two respective categories of this year’s prizes.
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 (Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non Fiction) panel comprises E. C. Osondu (chair), Panashe Chigumadzi and Angela Kintu Rwabose.
Others shortlisted include South Africa’s Fairies by Saaleha Bhamjee and Charles King, Cameroon’s Régine Gwladys Lebouda, and Malawi’s Andrew C. Dakalira.
Nigeria’s Amah won for her short story ‘Stolen Pieces’, Christopher for ‘This Story Has No End’ (fiction), Ogbonna for her creative nonfiction ‘A Long Way From Home’ and Malumfashi’s ‘Finding Binyavanga’ (nonfiction).
The five shortlisted short stories will be published on Munyori Literary Journal as in previous years. The three shortlisted nonfiction stories will be published on Enkare Review <http://enkare.org>. Also, all the eight shortlisted writers will attend the 2017 Writivism Festival in Kampala from August 17 to 20 where the winners will be announced.
Winner of the Short Story Prize will take home a cash prize of $400 and take up a one month writing residency at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Short Story prize shortlisters will attend the Writivism festival and win $100 each. The winner of the Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non Fiction will take home a cash prize of $500.