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Short Story Day Africa Competition Winners

Rachel Zadok

Bongani Morgan



It has taken us a few weeks to read through all the entries for the four Short Story Day Africa writing competitions, but the judges decisions are now all in. Thank you to Henrietta Rose-Innes, S.A. Partridge, Lauri Kubuitsile and Ben Williams for taking the time to judge the entries, and to Aoife Lennon-Richie and Tiah Beautement for helping to read through them.

Also, thank you again to all our prize sponsors. Henrietta Rose-Innes, Jamal Majoub and Lizzy Aitree of The Caine Prize for sponsoring prizes for the Win a Workshop competition. S.A Partridge, SA Writers College and Helen Brain for the amazing prizes for the YA competition. Lauri Kubuitsile, Vivlia Publishing and Pearsons for sponsoring the Kids Competition prizes. And, of course, Books Live for sponsoring vouchers for all the competition winners.

We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did. Click on the titles to read the winners.

Without further ado, the winners are:

Win a Workshop

#1 White-collar Parasite by Amy Heydenrych
# 2 The Night Before by Jenna Mervis
# 3 A tie between Cockroaches, marrying by Sarah Frost and Munene Kilongi’s untitled story.

Amy Heydenrych will receive a copy of African Violet, the 2012 Caine Prize Anthology, a R500 voucher from Exclusive Books, sponsored by Books Live, and feedback on 2 drafts of a 4000 word short story from Jamal Majoub and Henrietta Rose-Innes. Jenna Mervis, Sarah Frost and Munene Kilongi will each receive a copy of African Violet.

Young in the City YA Competition

# 1 The Dlamini Abduction by Bongani Morgan (17)
# 2 Young in the City by Tamarisk- Ray Glogauer (16)
# 3 Being Young in the City by Lia Wells (12)

Of the winning story, S. A. Partridge said, ‘The clear winner for me was The Dlamini Abduction by Bongani Morgan. The writing was crisp, pacy and thrilling. I loved the raw, gritty setting and the descriptions were vivid and just perfect. The missing boy angle kept me hooked, and the turning point was action packed enough to leave me on the edge of my seat. I was also impressed that there was a clear beginning, middle and end. I think the writer has a bright future ahead of him.’

Bongani Morgan wins signed copies of each of SA Partridges 3 published novels, a Creative Writing for High School Students Course from SA Writer’s College, and a R500 voucher to spend at Exclusive Books, compliments of Books Live. Tamarisk-Ray Glogauer and Lia Wells will each receive a selection of YA books.

Inanimate Object Kid’s Competition

# 1 The Bracelet by Zahraa Khan (8) of Huguenot Primary
# 2 The Unhappy Houses of Joburg by Anya (11) of Milkwood Primary
# 3 The Murderous Scarf by Nina (11) of Milkwood Primary
Of the winning story, Lauri Kubuitsile said, ‘Such a touching little story. It reads almost like a beautiful love story. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of dialogue and the fun twist ending.’

Zahara Khan wins a R250 voucher from Exclusive Books, and a selection of children’s books. Anya and Nina will also receive a selection of children’s books.

Five year old Aphelele Bhaneti of Greenwood Independent School also deserves a mention for her highly imaginative story, Why Tiger and Lion were Cross. There’s a book in the post for Aphelele too.

Fiction Flash

Tarryn Saunders wins a R250 voucher from Exclusive Books, sponsored by Books Live. Her 10 word story: She laced his cigarettes with arsenic and anthrax. Smoking kills.

Thank you to everyone who entered.