Short Story Day Africa Prize 2016

Have you been actively writing, or have you been looking for a writing prompt to spur you? Short Story Day Africa has announced the latest challenge. You’re expected to write a short story (on the theme of migration) in 3000 – 5000 words. Submissions will open 1st June 2016 and end on 31th July 2016. Submission link will be made available on 1st June, 2016.

As the Short Story Day Africa press release states,

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.”


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


There’s a mouth-watering cash prize to be won and a publication in the 2016 Short Story Day anthology.

Visit the Short Story Day Africa website for full guidelines.

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Or click HERE.

Good luck!

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes prose fiction and creative non-fiction. She is the founder of Her first novella, Finding Love Again was published by Ankara Press. Her second novella, The Heiress' Bodyguard was shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Awards. She currently works as content marketer for various online businesses. You can follow her at @cwritingnws.

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