- 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
- 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
- 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
- Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week
2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize Opens for Submissions
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Created: 11 April 2016
Submissions are open from 1 June and closes on 31 July 2016 and the theme is ‘Migrations’.
From their website the teaser says: ‘'From our ancestors’ first forays through the continent, to the contemporary diaspora spread around the world, people are eternally moving in, out and about the African continent. Not everyone leaves out of their own volition, and not everyone comes with the best intentions: nevertheless, the story of Africa is the story of souls migrating, settling, unsettling, fleeing, seeking, resting, nesting and sharing stories, experiences and myths. From herds of migrating animals to treks both physical and spiritual, from the comfort of ancient myth to the desperation of those currently fleeing their homes, Short Story Day Africa is looking for a crop of short fiction that will bring a fresh, urgent perspective to one of our most profound phenomena, and the basis of all our greatest stories.’
Prize money up for grabs:
First prize: R10 000, Second prize: R2 000 and Third prize: R1 000
This year’s judges are: Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe), Sindiwe Magona (South Africa), and Hawa Jade Golakai (Liberia).
Previous winners were 2015 Cat Hellisen a South African writer, 2014 Diane Awerbuck is also a South African novelist and the 2013 inaugural prize was won by Kenyan writer Okwiri Oduor.
Please read submissions guidelines and the terms and conditions of entry to the Prize on the SSDA website here. http://shortstorydayafrica.org/the-ssda-prize/