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Rachel Zadok

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And the winner is…

After difficult deliberations Petina Gappah has chosen the winners of the Short Story Day Africa 2013, Feast, Famine and Potluck short story competition.

1st Place

My Father’s Head by Okwiri Odour (Kenya)


2nd Place

Choke by Jayne Bauling (South Africa)


3rd Place

Chicken by Efemia Chela (Zambia)


Short Story Day Africa is grateful to the support of the writing community of Africa, and especially to BooksLiveAll About WritingHelena S. PaigeThe Caine Prize for African WritingModjaji Books and Botsotso for sponsoring the prizes.


Also to Petina GappahIsabella MorrisConsuelo Roland and Novuyo Rosa-Tshuma for generously giving their time and love of the craft to judge the competition. Buy their books, they’re wonderful and we can all learn a lot from their work.


Special thanks to our team of readers, whose names can now be revealed without fear of reprisal. Tiah BeautementHenrietta Rose-InnesDiane AwerbuckKarina Magdalena Szczurek-Brink, Alé Steyn, Na’eemah Masoet, Sheryl Kavin, Lindsay van Rensburg and Casey B Dolan.


And to all the writers who entered this year, a big thank you. We hope you’ll continue writing and submitting to competitions and publishers. There is so much talent, we wish we had the resources to work with all of you.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    September 3rd, 2013 @11:48 #

    Now we just take all these story goodness and turn 'em into two books. So excited! Well done, writers!

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    September 3rd, 2013 @12:52 #

    Congratulations, not just to the winners, but to Rachel and the SSDA team for putting something special together :)

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    September 3rd, 2013 @13:45 #

    Oh, and if anybody missed it, you can find the YA / Kid winners here:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    September 3rd, 2013 @15:06 #

    Congrats to the winners and kudos to the judges and organisers - that's a helluva thing you put together.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    September 3rd, 2013 @19:30 #

    Hearty congratulations to all who put in an entry, who sifted and sorted, who judged, and of course, the winners.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    September 3rd, 2013 @23:26 #

    Hurray for the winners, Rachel, Tiah and all those who've helped the SSDA enterprise along. You've done something amazing.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Cat Hellisen</a>
    Cat Hellisen
    September 4th, 2013 @08:36 #

    Congrats to all the winners.

    I'm looking forward to reading.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    September 4th, 2013 @08:43 #

    What a fabulous effort, Tiah and Rachel and all others who contributed one way or another. Great to see so many people putting their heart and soul into story telling.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    September 4th, 2013 @12:31 #

    Congrats to winners and all involved. Excellent work. Look forward to the books.


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