After much deliberation, we present you with the shortlisted stories for the 3rd volume of our annual anthology of short fiction, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story.

As with our previous instalments of The Short Story is Dead, we have had the pleasure of engaging with the promising work of some of the emergent writers from the continent; all the stories to be published in this year’s volume reaffirm our belief in the necessity of affording young African writers an opportunity to add their own voices to the ever cacophonous debates that seek to question our present and future.

The following stories have been shortlisted:


Rudo by Eliza Mabungu (South Africa)

The Scent of Living Wills by Michel Tumuhimbise (Uganda)

Tanganyika ABCs by Tina Chiwashira (Zimbabwe)

Petrichor by Osemegbe Aito (Nigeria)

Firewater by Mary Ononokpono (Nigeria)

Eye Color by Mwikali Mutune (Kenya)


Thank you very much to everyone who entered and congratulations to all the writers who made the shortlist – the range of themes and overall quality of the entries continues to greatly impress us.

The winners will be announced at a launch of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story (Vol. 3) in late 2017. We will announce the date soon. The winning short story will receive R5 000, and the second and third runner-up stories will receive R1 500 and R500 respectively.