Hawa Jande Golakai

Hawa Jande Golakai

The judges for Short Story Day Africa for this year are Tendai Huchu , Sindiwe Magona, and Hawa Jande Golakai.

Short Story Day Africa brings together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers and school children from all over the globe to write, submit, read, workshop and discuss stories. The whole point is something one can sign on quickly; fostering the love of reading and writing African fiction. Some of the previous winners of the prize are Okwiri Oduor (2013), Diane Awerbuck (2014) and Cat Hellisen (2016).

A few weeks ago the prize organisers announced that this year the theme of the prize is Migrations. Those who enter will hopefully be part of new crop of short fiction writers bringing a fresh, urgent perspective to one of our most profound phenomena, and the basis of all our greatest stories. You who enter the prize also put themselves in the frame to win many prizes on offer including cash of R10 000 for the best followed by R2 000 and R1 000 for following two.

For those who enter, their prize will be eventually be selected by three of the most respected African writers today. As mentioned before, they are Tendai Huchu, Sindiwe Magona, and Hawa Jande Golakai.

Sindiwe Magona

Sindiwe Magona

Sindiwe Magona is the most accomplished of the judges having written for adults in prose and poetry as well as for children. Her novel Beauty’s Gift was shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book, Africa Region.

Hawa Jande Golakai entered the scene in a blaze of glory with her debut novel The Lazarus Effect that introduced us to investigative reporter Voinjama “Vee” Johnson. We loved it here at JamesMurua.com. Her second novel The Score the second in that crime fiction series came out earlier this year and we have been hearing similarly good things about it. Golakai was also one the writers on that notorious Best African Writers Under 40 project list.

Tendai Huchu

Tendai Huchu

On his part, Tendai Huchu also had a very well received book The Hairdresser of Harare about the adventures that hairdressers in Harare have to go through heh. We also loved this well written work here. His second book from the former Zimbabwe author of the year and Caine Prize nominee is The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician.

If you want this amazing writers to see your work then I suggest that you enter for this prize. Click here to know more about the terms and conditions.