We have decided to do something different with volume two of “The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!

This year’s, writing competition will have a cash prize of R5000.

The winning story will be chosen by three judges who are themselves published short story writers as well as literary practitioners. Our panel of judges will shortlist, and shape the collection.

Our Judges

Lineo Segoete

Ms Segoete is a co-director of a non-profit organisation called Ba re e ne re Literary Arts which hosts the annual Ba re e nere Literary Festival. The first of its kind in Lesotho. She graduated from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in 2012, she majored in B (Bus) In International Business. In spite of her qualification in International Business she pursued a career in writing, the arts and culture as they are her passion. Her vision is to make inspiring contributions in the fields of education and art because they encapsulate her mission in life.

She was first employed at a newspaper called Friday Flyer and held the Position of Junior Editor from October 2012 to April 2013, thereafter she joined the Morija Museum and Archives as the Event Management and Media Officer from May 2013 to October 2013 and again April 2014 to March 2015. Since September 2013 she has co-director at Ba re e ne re Literary Arts.

Her career so far has been a double-edged sword as she also practices as an artist with writing being her principal art-form.

Dilman Dila

Dilman Dila recently published a collection of speculative short stories, A Killing in the Sun with Black Letter Media. He was long listed for the Jalada Prize for Literature (2015), the BBC Radio Playwriting Competition (2014), shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2013), twice long listed for the Short Story Day Africa prize, and nominated for the 2008 Million Writers Awards. He started writing at the age of fifteen and was first published in 2001 in The Sunday Vision. His stories have since featured in several online magazines and in anthologies, including The Short Anthology, Gowanus Books, African Roar, and Jalada. In 2013, he published two short books, a romance novella, Cranes Crest at Sunset, and a horror novelette, The Terminal Move. In 2014, he started an online literary magazine, Lawino, to promote writing from Africa with particular focus on Uganda. He makes films too. His works include the masterpiece, What Happened in Room 13 (2007), which has attracted nearly a million views on YouTube, and the narrative feature, The Felistas Fable (2013), which was nominated for Best First Feature at Africa Movie Academy Awards 2014, and which won four major awards at the Uganda Film Festival 2014. He won the Jury Award (Bronze Drum) at the Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival for his documentary, The Sound of One Leg Dancing. More of his life and works is available at his website

Makhosazana Xaba

Makhosazana Xaba is the author of two poetry collections: these hands (2005), Tongues of their Mothers (2008) and her poetry has been anthologized widely including translations into Italian, Mandarin and Turkish. In 2014 she was a nominee for the poetry category of the Mbokodo Awards.

She is an author of Running and Other Stories (2013) which won the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award of the South African Literary Awards (SALA) in 2014. The stories from this book were read on SAFM Radio during the book programme.

Running the short story, from her collection is anthologized in 20 Best Short Stories of South Africa’s Democracy, a book celebrating 20 years of democracy and showcasing SA’s creative skill in the short story genre. Running the short story also won the 2005 Deon Hofmeyr Prize for Creative Writing.

She co-compiled and co-edited, with Karen Martin, an anthology of short stories, Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction (2013) which won the 26th Lambda Literary Award for the fiction anthology category in 2014. This book was translated in to Spanish in 2014 and an Arabic translation is in discussion. She is one of the judges of the 2015 Short Sharp Stories Anthology, Incredible Journey, due out soon. She wrote the Introduction to Adults Only the Short Sharp Stories Anthology of 2014.

She holds a Diploma in Journalism (with distinction) and an MA in Writing (with distinction) from Warner Lambertz in Berlin in what was then East Germany. Before turning to writing she worked in NGO’s in the women’s health field for two decades in health policy formulation, research and capacity building and training of health workers and activists. Besides developing training manuals her academic writing appears in a range of journals on a number of topics including: sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s health, gender and the health systems, she wrote extensively on women’s health for popular, academic and peer-reviewed journals.

She is a feminist activist with decades of experience in the struggle having started her activism in her youth and spent some time in exile as an MK soldier and as a journalist for The Voice of Women (VOW) a journal of the ANC Women’s League and Radio Freedom.