Short Story Day Africa is a small non-profit organisation that relies on donations from readers and writers, business and organisations, to fund our development projects. These include the SSDA Editing Mentorship, the annual prize and anthology, and the writing workshops we hold across the African continent. Publishing, especially in Africa, is difficult at the best of times – but thanks to our friends and patrons, we've been going strong for six years, and hope to continue contributing to continental literature for many more years to come. Right now, however, we are especially dry – hence this call for donations.
Funds go towards prize money for the writers, printing of books, admin fees (such as paying for the website and submissions platform), paying our editors and editing fellows, running workshops, and more.
Short Story Day Africa has helped develop writers (often being the first publisher to work with them) who have gone on to win or be shortlisted for multiple awards, including the Short.Sharp.Stories Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Caine Prize for African Writing, the African Speculative Fiction Society NOMMO awards, the Brittle Paper Awards, and others. These include Okwiri Oudor, Efemia Chela, Megan Ross, Stacey Hardy, Michael Yee, Derek Lubangakene, Sibongile Fisher, Cherrie Kandie, Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor, Innocent Chizaram Ilo, Idza Luhumyo, Harriet Anena and Cat Hellisen. Many have gone on to publish more short stories, screenplays, dramas, poetry and novels. Others have been shortlisted for or won prestigious writing residencies, or have been accepted for Masters in Creative Writing programs around the world. Our past editing fellows have gone on to secure jobs in the growing and dynamic publishing industry across the continent.
Short Story Day Africa may be tiny, but it is integral to the African literary sphere. Please help us continue our work in nurturing and strengthening literature in Africa by donating. We accept donations of any size. You can become an official sponsor of Short Story Day Africa with a donation of only R1500, or US$110, and we'll list you on the Sponsors page of our website. Any and all amounts – big or small – will go toward the development of African writers.