From our ancestors’ first forays through the continent, to the
contemporary diaspora spread around the world, people are eternally moving in,
out and about the African continent. Not everyone leaves out of their own
volition, and not everyone comes with the best intentions: nevertheless, the
story of Africa is the story of souls migrating, settling, unsettling, fleeing,
seeking, resting, nesting and sharing stories, experiences and myths.
From herds of migrating animals to treks both physical and
spiritual, from the comfort of ancient myth to the desperation of those
currently fleeing their homes, Short Story Day Africa is looking for a crop of
short fiction that will bring a fresh, urgent perspective to one of our most
profound phenomena, and the basis of all our greatest stories.
2016 JUDGES: Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe), Sindiwe Magona
(South Africa), and Hawa Jade Golakai (Liberia)
Stories in any fiction genre
1st prize R10 000 (approx US$500)
2nd prize R2 000 (approx US$125)
3rd prize R1 000 (approx US$60)
In addition three emerging writers will receive a 20 week online
creative writing course. These will be selected from the long list or slush
The twenty-one long listed stories will be published in the
annual Short Story Day Africa anthology, and selected stories entered into The
Caine Prize for African Writing (£10 000).
- Any African citizen or African person living in the diaspora*,
as well as persons residing permanently (granted permanent residence or
similar) in any African country, may enter.
- Writers may only submit one story for the competition. Repeat
entries by the same writer will be disqualified.
- Writers are welcome to submit stories in any fiction genre.
- Stories must be between 3000 and 5000 words in length.
- Stories must be submitted in English. While you are free to
incorporate other languages into your story, the story must be able to be
understood fully by its English content.
- Stories must be submitted online via Submittable between 1 June 2016 – 31 July
2016 The link to the submission form will be made live on 1 June 2016.
- To facilitate easy reading and judging, please format your
stories according to the format stipulated below. Stories not formatted in
this way are at the risk of being disqualified.
- Stories must not have been previously published in any form or
- Simultaneous submissions are not welcome. Any story entered or
published elsewhere during the course of judging or publication will be
- You are welcome to enter under a pseudonym or nom de
plume, as long as you also include your real name along with your entry.
- All entries will be judged anonymously. Please DO NOT put your
name or any other identifying details anywhere on your manuscript.
- The judges’ decision is final.
- By submitting a story the author attests that it is their own
original work and grants exclusive global print and digital rights to Short
Story Day Africa for one year, and thereafter agrees to seek permission to
republish and when published elsewhere attributes first publication to Short
Story Day Africa; non-exclusive digital rights to Worldreader to publish
individual stories on Worldreader Mobile; and non-exclusive digital rights to
BooksLive for publicity purposes.
- By entering, the author agrees to allowing Short Short Story Day
Africa to include their entry in an anthology should it be selected by the
judges; and to working with editors to get their story publication ready.
- We will not share your personal information with anyone. We
will, however, add you to Short Story Day Africa mailing list for the sole
purpose of informing you of next year’s even, or of other Short Story Day
Africa events that may be of interest to you.
- Type your document, using a single, clear font, 12-point size,
double-spaced. The easiest font to use is Times New Roman, or a similar serif
- Put the title of your story halfway down the cover page. Please
DO NOT title your story Migrations. Start your story immediately below the
- Put an accurate word count at the top right.
- Please number the pages.
- Left-justify your paragraphs.
- Ensure there is at least a 1 inch or 2 centimetre margin all the
way around your text. This is to allow annotation to be written onto a printed
- Indent each new paragraph by about 1/2 inch or 1 centimetre, except
for the first line of the story or the first line of a new scene.
- Don’t insert extra lines between your paragraphs. A blank
line indicates a new scene.
- Put the word “End” after the end of your text, centred, on its
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