Awards: First Prize $800 Second Prize: $200 Third Prize: $100

It’s time to start writing for the Short Story Day Africa prize. This year, theme is: id.

The press release gives a very interesting explanation of this unique theme:

“In early psychoanalysis, the “Id” was postulated as being one of three aspects of personality, and the only one over which we have no control. Often hidden and home to the unconscious, the Id is the core of the self, our instinctual nature, our deepest desires. The I before ego, the earliest version of ourselves, the who we are before we have had time to be.

In modern Africa, our identities are too often defined for us and not by us, trapped by society, biology and history. In 2017, we hope to see work that seeks to break and redefine the strictures put onto our identities, as individuals and as peoples. Fiction that looks beyond the boundaries of expectation, and peers into the truest definitions of ourselves.”

I hope you’ll be writing to win this latest challenge. You’re expected to write a short story (on the theme of id) in 3000 – 5000 words. Submissions will open 1st June 2017 and end on 31th July 2017. Submission link will be made available on 1st June, 2017.



  • Writers must be African.
  • Do not previously published stories
  • No simultaneous submissions
  • Must be between 3000 – 5000 words
  • Submissions must reflect the theme of id


There are mouth-watering cash prizes to be won and a publication in the 2017 Short Story Day anthology.

In 2016, the winning story was “A Door Ajar” by Sibongile Fisher


Visit the Short Story Day Africa website for full guidelines. Please read and follow these guidelines religiously. Entrants name’s aren’t expected to appear anywhere on the submitted attachment. Write only the story title. Read more.


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Good luck

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