More than a celebration of the many survivors of sexual abuse who have come forward to confront sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo and #IBelieveHer movements, the new cover for our forthcoming anthology, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 4, is a vote of confidence for the many voices driving our conversations about the need for reform not only within the Christian church but the whole apparatus of organised religion.
By putting emphasis on the facial expressions of university student and former member of Jesus Dominion International Church, Cheryl Zondi, during the rape trial of pastor Timothy Omotoso and his two co-accused, all of whom (at the time of writing) stood accused of rape, sexual assault and racketeering, Megan Ross’ artwork offers a glimpse into the case’s most visible witness. We hope our small attempt at immortalising Zondi will serve as a long-lasting indictment against today’s religious organisations.
Volume 4 features the work of eleven writers who call Africa home, including the three winning stories by Ope Adedeji (Omo Omo Omo), Troy Onyango (Peregrination) and Christine Coates (The Lightness of Lies). Other stories are by Carey Baraka, Tariro Ndoro, P Ochieng Ochieng, Damon Yeld, Okechi Okeke, Olubunmi Familoni, Themsha Khan, and Nebila Abdulmelik.
Look out for the announcement of the launch date for volume 4 of the anthology on this blog and on our social media feed.