Okwiri Oduor and Efemia Chela Shortlisted for The Caine Prize 2014!

Short Story Day Africa is proud to have first discovered and published two of the stories shortlisted for The 2014 Caine Prize. My Father’s Head, by Okwiri Oduor (Kenya), won the 2013 Short Story Day Africa short story competition, while Chicken, by Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia), came third.

The Chair of judges (Caine Prize), award-winning author Jackie Kay MBE described the shortlist as, “Compelling, lyrical, thought-provoking and engaging. From a daughter’s unusual way of grieving for her father, to a memorable swim with a grandmother, a young boy’s fascination with a gorilla’s conversation, a dramatic faux family meeting, to a woman who is forced to sell her eggs, the subjects are as diverse as they are entertaining.”

Both stories are published in Feast, Famine & Potluck, a dazzling collection from across the African continent and diaspora. Food is at the centre of stories from authors emerging and established, blending the secular, the supernatural, the old and the new in a spectacular celebration of short fiction. Civil wars, evictions, vacations, feasts and romances – the stories we bring to our tables that bring us together and tear us apart.

Help fund Short Story Day Africa 2014 by buying a copy of Feast, Famine & Potluck. 

Available in print from all good bookshops in Southern Africa (ask them to order it),  Kalahari and Loot, and African Books Collective and Megabooks elsewhere, and as an ebook from Smashwords and Amazon