In Omo Omo Omo, Ope Adedeji’s inventive use of shadows as both a menacing real-life presence and metaphor for the marginalisation of African indigenous religions under Western colonisation leaves readers with a particularly captivating narrator who must reconcile her sexuality with her mother’s disapproval. Omo Omo Omo has been longlisted for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! (2018) What was the germination of your story?  I started to think of this story one dayContinue Reading

In Themesha Khan’s Un/Beloved, a husband’s love for his wife blinds her to the inevitable; it is only after a shocking discovery that she combs her old memories in search of that which she never took notice of, hoping her rosy past will help explain an unspeakable present. Un/Beloved has been longlisted for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! (2018) What wasContinue Reading

Hope is central to Okechi Okeke’s The Joy of Meeting a Helper: hope cultivated, deferred, salvaged, and ultimately denied, always with devastating consequences for the young women involved. With dreams of Europe, Okeke’s narrator survives one calamity after another til even the hope of escape from her captivity in aContinue Reading

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 believersContinue Reading

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 toContinue Reading

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,Continue Reading