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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards | Shortlist Revealed


Brittle Paper, one of the prestigious platforms promoting African literature has announced the shortlist for their 2018 literary award. In the official statement released:


"We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. The $1,100 cash prize is split across five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces ($200), and the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award ($300) for writing published on our blog.

"Forty-eight pieces were shortlisted last year, and the winners: South African memoirist Sisonke Msimang for Essays & Think Pieces, Liberian novelist Hawa Jande Golakai for Creative Nonfiction, Nigerian poet JK Anowe for Poetry, South African writer Megan Ross for Fiction, and Nigerian poet Chibuihe Obi for the Anniversary Award.



Below are the shortlists:








THE BRITTLE PAPER AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION ($200)



THE BRITTLE PAPER AWARD FOR ESSAYS & THINK PIECES ($200)



THE BRITTLE PAPER AWARD FOR POETRY ($200)





THE BRITTLE PAPER AWARD FOR FICTION ($200)

  • Moon Secrets,” by Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana), in The Single Story Foundation Journal
  • The Man at the Bridge,” by Kiprop Kimutai (Kenya), in As You Like It, republished in The Johannesburg Review of Books
  • Involution,” by Stacy Hardy (South Africa), in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa
  • Our Husband Grief,” by Christine Odeph (Kenya), in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa (as “My Sister’s Husband”), republished in Brittle Paper
  • All Our Lives,” by Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor (Nigeria), in ID: New Short Fiction from Africa, republished in The Johannesburg Review of Books



THE BRITTLE PAPER ANNIVERSARY AWARD ($300)


The winners will be announced on Monday, November 19, 2018

For more details, visit their website here