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Rachel Zadok

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The Shortlist

The judges decisions are in and a shortlist has been compiled for the Short Story Day Africa Feast, Famine and Potluck Competition. Once again, the judging was completely blind. Judges were given stories stripped of names and email address and were asked not to look at the longlist on this website or on BooksLive. They readily agreed. They were asked to rate each story out of ten, and the ratings were then added together to get a final score. A few points of interest have emerged.

1. The three highest scoring stories were all scored the same, with the exception of the top scoring story: one judge judge gave it a point less than the other two judges, perhaps because she does not believe in perfect tens.

2. The top scoring story was also scored highest by the readers.

Many thanks to Isabella Morris, Consuelo Roland and Novuyo Rosa-Tshuma for dedicating their time to this project. Curious now to see what stories Petina Gappah will choose.

The Shortlist

Bloodline by Tarryn-Anne Anderson (South Africa)

Choke by Jayne Bauling (South Africa)

Chicken by Efemia Chela (Zambia)

The Dibbuk by Manu Herbstein (Ghana)

My Father’s Head by Okwiri Oduor (Kenya)

Burning Woman by Michelle Preen (South Africa)

Congratulations to the shortlisted authors.


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