Short Story Day Africa SSDA workshop 2017

Short Story Day Africa in partnership with the Goethe-Institut invite submissions to attend a series of one day workshops across the continent.

Shorty Story Day Africa are now at the stage where they have workshops for African writers and they are looking for your submission. They have the “usual” terms and conditions for all entries made. For instance only African citizens, as well as persons residing permanently (granted permanent residence or similar) in any African country, are eligible to attend the workshops.  You need to attend the workshop so it makes sense that you don’t want to be looking to fly in from whatever US, UK or European city you live in.

They don’t pay for your transport there and back but they are free, and refreshments will be provided for the selected participants who attend.

One of my favourite condition is any person granted a place at the workshop who does not then attend will be disqualified from entering the 2017 SSDA Prize and any SSDA Prize in the future, excepting where 48 hours’ notice is given or in cases of extreme emergency. We don’t want none of your tardiness people.

So if you want to get in on the action here are the dates they will happen in the following cities:

Johannesburg, South Africa | 27 May 2017

Cape Town, South Africa | 27 May 2017

Nairobi, Kenya | 3 June 2017

Windhoek, Namibia | 3 June 2017

Yaoundé, Cameroon | 3 June 2017

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 3 June 2017

Kigali, Rwanda* | 10 June 2017 | By Invitation Only.

Writers working on entries for the prestigious 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize, or wanting to begin drafting an entry for the prize, are invited to submit an application.

Send a 200 word sample of your original writing, along with a short biographical statement of no more than 100 words, to [email protected] with the subject line ID FLOW and the country you are applying for, i.e. ID FLOW KENYA if you are applying for Kenya, ID FLOW NAMIBIA if you are applying for Namibia. If you do not use this subject line your submission will be missed. Submissions close 2 May 2017.  The writing sample need not be from your ID entry, but must be unpublished. Please read the Terms and Conditions below carefully before applying.

The workshop is free for selected participants, however space is limited. Successful applicants will be notified by 10 May 2017. If you have not heard from us by 10 May 2017, your application has not been successful.

*Please note the Kigali workshop is by invitation only.

Details of the 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize are available on the website:

Quick reminder 1: Submissions close 2 May 2017

Quick reminder 2: Full details including terms and conditions here.