The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 4


The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! is an anthology of Black Letter Media’s annual short story writing competition.

This anthology features 11 stories by African writers. All the stories were submitted for the 2018 annual short story competition.

Using religion as a theme and jumping off point, the stories both celebrate and are critical of organized religion in today’s Africa. Includes the winning story, “Omo omo omo” by Ope Adedeji.

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Nebila Abdulmelik (Ethiopia), Olubunmi Familoni (Nigeria), Christine Coates (South Africa), Ope Adedeji (Nigeria), Troy Onyango (Kenya), Carey Baraka (Kenya), Damon Yeld (South Africa), Tariro Ndoro (Zimbabwe), Themesha Khan (South Africa), Patrick Ochieng (Kenya), Okechi Okeke (Nigeria)


Edited by Thabo Jijana

Thabo Jijana is a writer and a publisher at Black Letter Media. His work foregrounds the rural in ways that question rural marginality and the ways in which rural people make meaning of the world. Jijana is the author of Nobody’s Business, a memoir and investigation of the taxi industry, and Failing Maths and My Other Crimes, his debut volume of poetry for which he won the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize (2016).

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