Terra Incognita

 

Before every inch of the world had been explored, cartographers denoted uncharted territories as terra incognita. This year, Short Story Day Africa asks writers to look deep into their imaginations to draw out stories fantastical and mythical. Envision Africa in the future, or an alternative history to the ones we’ve been told and sold. Dragons in Diamey? Werewolves in Windhoek? Don’t be passé – think beyond what you already know about speculative fiction. Here be dragons. Here be lions. Step off those well-worn paths into terra incognita.

Short Story Day Africa wants your speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi, alternative history and magical realism all fit the bill.

Word count: 3000* – 5000 words. The long-listed stories selected by our panel of judges will be collected in an anthology and published individually on Worldreader Mobile to over half a million readers.

*Selected stories will be entered in The Caine Prize for African Fiction, hence the lower word limit.

 

Deadline: 30 June 2014
The shortlist will be announced in September 2014. Winner announced in October 2014.
 

1st Prize: R2000 cash
(Sponsored by BooksLive)
10 Module Creative Writing Course from All About Writing worth R5000
The 2014 Caine Prize Anthology

2nd Prize: R1000 voucher to spend on African fiction at an indie bookshop of your choice
(Sponsored by Louis Greenberg)
The Character Course from All About Writing worth R1500
The 2014 Caine Prize Anthology

3rd Prize: R300 voucher to spend on  African fiction at an indie bookshop of your choice
(Sponsored by Paige Nick)
The Power of Writing Course from All About Writing worth R500
The 2014 Caine Prize Anthology

The longlist will receive a e-book of the anthology, and a work of African short fiction from
Modjaji Books.

Terms and Conditions Apply. Click here to read them.

The Judges