15 writers from across Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa and the UK made the longlist.
By Helena Olori
Afritondo has announced the release of its longlist of 15 stories for the 2023 Afritondo Short Story Prize, the fourth edition of this writing competition. This year’s theme, “Aliens,” saw over 350 submissions from writers of African descent, showcasing their creative interpretations of the theme.
A statement from the Co-editor at Afritondo, Confidence Uwazuruike, says, “…we are extremely pleased with the quality of entries that the prize has always attracted. We received so many entries but could only longlist 15 stories. So, to those who didn’t make it to the longlist this time; keep trying, your craft is amazing.”
The longlist for the 2023 Short Story Prize released by the UK-based media and publishing platform includes six stories from Nigeria, two from Uganda and the United Kingdom, and one each from Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Algeria, and the United States, respectively.
All stories selected for the longlist will be compiled and released in an anthology later this year.
A panel of judges, comprising Ugandan writer, Doreen Baigama, South African based-editor Efemia Chela, and Ayesha-Harruna Attah from Ghana, is expected meet in the coming weeks to decide on a shortlist of the finalists, and the eventual winner, who will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, among other perks.
View the full longlist here.