The 2017 Writivism Prize Shortlist

The joint shortlist for two 2017 Writivism prizes has been announced today (Monday July 17, 2017). The shortlists were selected by the two different panels of judges for the two respective categories of this year’s prizes.

The Short Story Prize is judged by Helon Habila (chair), Sumayya Lee, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Emmanuel Sigauke and Edwige-Renée Dro. The Non Fiction prize panel comprises E. C. Osondu (chair), Panashe Chigumadzi and Angela Kintu Rwabose.

From all of us at Writivism, we say congratulations to the eight shortlisted writers who hail from South Africa, Cameroon, Malawi, and Nigeria.

5th Annual Short Story Prize

  1. Fairies by Saaleha Bhamjee (South Africa)
  2. Mobache by Régine Gwladys Lebouda (Cameroon)
  3. Stolen Pieces by Munachim Amah (Nigeria)
  4. The (Un)Lucky Ones by Andrew C. Dakalira (Malawi)
  5. This Story Has No End by Blessing J. Christopher (Nigeria)

(Read more about the writers here)


Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction

  1. A Long Way From Home by Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna (Nigeria)
  2. Finding Binyavanga by Sada Malumfashi (Nigeria)
  3. Meat Bomb by Charles King (South Africa)


(Read more about the writers here)

The five shortlisted short stories will be published on Munyori Literary Journal  as in previous years. The three shortlisted nonfiction stories will be published on Enkare Review.

All the eight shortlisted writers will attend the 2017 Writivism Festival in Kampala from August 17-20 where the winner(s) will be announced.

The winner of the Short Story Prize will take home a cash prize of 400 US$ and take up a one month writing residency at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Short Story prize shortlisters will attend the Writivism festival and win 100 US $ each. The winner of the Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non Fiction will take home a cash prize of 500 US $.

For more information about the prizes, contact us on For more information on the festival, check out or call +256785210223.




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