The Etisalat Flash fiction Award 2016 opened for voting on November 7th, 2016.
Etisalat Prize for Literature is famous as its being the only Pan African one selecting the best debut novel from an African writer. The prize which is in its third year has been won by Noviolet Bulawayo (2014), Songeziwe Mahlangu (2015) and Fiston Mujila Mwanza (2016).
Apart from this prize, the smaller less known part of the prize is its flash fiction prize. Flash fiction in case this is a new thing to you is a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity. This story not exceeding 300 words is open to all writers of unpublished short stories of African citizenship but can be resident anywhere in the world.
The winner of the prize goes home with £1,000 cash prize and a high end device. The runner up gets home a £500 cash prize and a high end device. The top 50 stories will be published in an e-book compilation by okadabooks.com promoted online and via SMS and distributed at award ceremony. The winner of this prize is announced on March 2017 alongside the main award ceremony of the prize.
The prize entries were opened on Tuesday and you can now choose that which you think is the best really short story out of the continent this year. Those running for the prize are in the hundreds and as you can expect the Nigerians in the running constitute the bulk; there are a few entries from countries like South Africa, Kenya, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia and more. Some of those in the running for the prize include;
Nigeria | AWOGBEMILA GABRIEL, TAULPAUL OSELEN, NNAKWE PAUL MICHAEL, NNAKWE PAUL MICHAEL, ELIJAH JAYSON OYIBU, EDWIN VICTORIA, SALIM TAHIR, JOSEPH ATEB OGAR, DANIEL OCHU-BAIYE, FARINU SAMUEL TEMIDAYO, NWACHUKWU CHINEDU, NNAMDI ENYINNA WABARA, EGUAVOEN OSAMWONYI, JUDITH AMARACHI, JOSHUA ODEBISI, MOTUNRAYO ADESINA, MARTHA KINGSMIKE, AKEREDOLU FERANMI, BIOBELE BOB-MANUEL, CHIDI OKEREKE, JOSHUA ODEBISI, IMAOBONG NELSON, CLAIRE LOLOMARI, FAKOLUJO OREOLUWA, NWAIGWE BLESSING, DANIEL OKON, CHINYERE EVELYN, MOSES DAVID OMALE, HADIZA, SCOTT ANUOLUWAPO, MIRANDA BUBA-ATARE, TASIE. GEORGE. EJIMUKONYE, KINGSTON ONYXSTONE, MNYAMCHIE QUEEN, OLAMIDE ATURU, IBUKUNOLUWA OKUNMADEWA, MOSES KURUNGTOE, AFOLABI DAVID AYODEJI, ANYANWU VICTOR EMMANUEL, JAIYEOLA DAMILARE, STELLA IJEOMA OLUGBEMI, ADEDAMOLA OLUWOLE, AMY WOLUCHEM, NIMIDE OGBEUN, OSUNSANMI OLUGBEMI, FABIYI OLUMIDE KAYODE, BARUWA ADESOLA ADETUTU, CHIEDOZIE EGBUNA, MURAINA ADEKUNLE, AKOMOLAFE BANKOLE, EDIKAN EDEM EKONG, ADEDAMOLA OLUWOLE, OGUCHE JOSEPH OJIMA, NNAMDI ROSEMARY, VICTOR PIUS-IMUE, UDOH ENE ADEKA, ONYEAMA ABUOMA ANDREW, OLAYINKA OLAWOLE,
South Africa| BIANCA NIEUWENHUIS, RUKUDZO NZOU, KASHNA DASS, NTANDO NZUZA, ELIZA MABUNGU
Kenya | GEORGE NAMACHANJA, Levi Cheruo Cheptora
Malawi | MUTHI NHLEMA
Algeria | MERIEM CHEBEL
Zambia | Elina
Zimbabwe | PRUDENCE NATSAI