When Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, addressed the TED Conference in 2009, she spoke of the danger of the single story, a distorted, one-dimensional view of Africa that sees the continent only through a prism of war, disease, poverty, starvation and corruption. Short Story Day Africa has established a day, 21st June – the shortest day of the year – on which to celebrate the diversity of Africa’s voices and tell you who we really are; what we love; love to eat, read, write about. We want to bring you the scents on our street corners, the gossip from our neighbours, let you listen to strains of the music we dance to.
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 – and foster the love of reading and writing African fiction. Because we have something to tell the world. About us. In our own voices.
Rachel Zadok was born in Tel Aviv and raised in Johannesburg. She has a National Diploma in Fine Arts. In 2001, she escaped a career in advertising to become a writer, which she describes as being a little like running away to join the circus without the safety net. She is the author of two novels: Gem Squash Tokoloshe (2005), shortlisted for The Whitbread First Novel Award and The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the IMPAC Award; and Sister-Sister (2013), shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize and The Herman Charles Bosman Prize, and longlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and daughter.
Nick Mulgrew was born in Durban, South Africa. He studied at Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town, at which he is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar in residence. He is an associate editor of Prufrock, the editor of uHlanga, and a columnist for the Sunday Times. In 2014, he won the National Arts Festival Short Sharp Stories Award, and was nominated for the South African Arts Journalist of the Year Award. He lives in Cape Town.
Efemia Chela was born in Zambia in 1991. She studied at Rhodes University and Institut D'Etudes Politiques in Aix-En-Provence, France. Her first published story ‘Chicken’ was nominated for The 2014 Caine Prize For African Writing and her subsequent work has appeared in places like Prufrock, and PEN Passages. She continues to write stories whenever she can find a working pen.
PAYING IT FORWARD
Short Story Day Africa is a non-profit organisation that relies on the generosity of the African writing community for skills and funding.
If you'd like to offer up your skills, we're always on the look out for editors, proofreaders, illustrators, book designers, web designers, etc. If you’d like to promote us via your media outlet, exposure is always useful. If you're a writer and want to donate a story, please do so via one of our annual competitions.