After a thorough reading and selection process, the three judges – Jayne Bauling, Onyeka Nwelue and Myne Whitman have turned in the six best short stories. The entries were blind-judged: the details of each applicant were removed before they were sent to the judges. Congratulations to writers whose stories made it to the shortlist.

The shortlist was chosen from 65 entries, received from writers in from South Africa, Botswana, India, Morocco and (most of the entries came in from) Nigeria.

The six shortlisted stories are:

1. An Opportunity From Above – Ekene Noel Ezeagulu
Lagos, Nigeria

2. Small Head – Oyebanji Ayodele
Ile-Ife, Nigeria

3. The New Word – Cuba Ukoh
Jos, Nigeria

4. Watching and Hoping – Efembe Eke
Calabar, Nigeria

5. Portrait of a Mad Woman – Adeola Salan
Ile-Ife, Nigeria

6. When Grandpa Came to Stay – Remi-Roy Oyeyemi
Lagos, Nigeria

The judges shall announce the two final winners after two weeks.

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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