“Circles” impressed the judges with its complex observations and streams of dreamlike (or nightmarish, depending on how you look at it) imagery. At times it read like prose poetry. Mohulatsi smashes open the cement beast – Johannesburg and inspects the fragments of people, events, history, sounds and emotions that make it up. We
“A Night to Remember” follows the events that befall colourful characters in a South African fishing town – the bartender, the fisherman, the fisherman’s wife and the itinerant musician. Coates’ descriptions are transporting and tell of small town chagrin, people hiding in plain sight and wider issues of belonging and not belonging.
After much deliberation, we present you with the shortlisted stories for the 2nd Volume of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story. We had several readers sort through the entries and three esteemed judges to make the final decision. The judges were chosen for their own literary