Edwige-Renée Dro, Kiprop Kimutai, and Maneo Refiloe Mohale are the judges for the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2021 announced on September 30, 2020.
Afritondo, a new platform that aims to connect with and tell the stories of African and black minority populations across the globe, this year announced a new award called the Afritondo Short Story Prize. The first winner was South African writer Jarred Thompson.
The judging panel for the award for 2021 was announced yesterday and they are Edwige-Renée Dro, Kiprop Kimutai, and Maneo Mohale. Here is a bit more about the judges;
Edwige Renée Dro
Edwige Renée Dro is a writer, a literary translator, and a literary activist from Côte d’Ivoire. She was identified in 2014 by the Hay Festival as a writer “with the potential and talent to define trends in the development of literature from Africa and the diaspora”. Edwige has judged and facilitated many writing competitions such as the PEN International Short Story Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She has also mentored many other young creatives in the fields of creative writing and literary translation.
2019 Maison Baldwin Fellow Kiprop Kimutai is a Kenyan-based writer whose fiction has appeared in Kwani? Trust, Jalada, PBQ, No Tokens, Prufrock, Kachifo, New internationalist and Acre Books. Kiprop has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, and was a Runner’s Up for the Kwani? Manuscript Project.
Maneo Refiloe Mohale
Maneo Refiloe Mohale is a South African editor, feminist writer and poet. Their work has appeared in various local and international publications, including Jalada, Prufrock, The Beautiful Project, The Mail & Guardian, spectrum.za, and others. They’ve served as a contributing editor for The New York Times and i-D, among others. They were Bitch Media’s first Global Feminism Writing Fellow in their inaugural 2016 class, where they wrote on race, media, sexuality and survivorship.
In light of recent global events such as the Black Lives Matter protests have again brought issues of race and prejudice to the fore. In this vein, the prize organisers seek stories on the theme of “identity”.
You now know the judges and the theme. Click here for more information on the prize and how to enter your short story.