We are glad to announce the theme for the 2019 Short Story Day Africa Prize.
This year, Short Story Day Africa is seeking stories that reflect the theme: Disruption. They are particularly interested in stories about climate (and environmental) disruption. They are also happy to receive stories about other kinds of disruption.
Here’s how the organizers put it in their press release:
Floods. Wildfires. Oceans of plastic. Chemical rivers. Melting ice caps. The polar vortex. Storms during the dry season. Extreme heat. Drought. The climate is changing, the environment becoming ever more hostile in humanity’s hands.
We’re in the throes of inner and social maelstroms, caught up in the ever-growing warning quakes of social media activism and rising floods of anxiety. Torn between our dependence on fossil fuels and the desire to create sustainable tech with the power to save us.
We want your stories of change, protest, destruction, adaptation, disruption and [re]creation. Stories that explore how changing climates affect us, our adaptations to the environment, and the innovations that bring us hope.
Submissions open 1 June 2019. The submission link will be made live in that day. Deadline for submissions is 31st October, 2019.
- Writers must be African.
- Do not previously published stories
- No simultaneous submissions
- Must be between 3000 – 5000 words
- Submissions must reflect the theme of disruption. The theme can be interpreted broadly.
- manuscripts must be properly formatted.
How To Apply:
- All entries must be submitted via the submittable page. A live submission link will be available on 1st of June 2019.
- A small reading fee will be required of all entrants.
- Ensure that you remove all identifying information from the manuscript. All stories will be judged anonymously.
- Choose your own creative title. Don’t use Disruption as your title.
What will the winners get?:
First prize winner will receive: $800
Second prize winner will get a cash award of $200
Third prize winner will get $100
The best twenty stories will be shortlisted, and their stories anthologized.