Akwaeke Emezi wins the commonwealth short story prize for Africa

Akwaeke Emezi wins the commonwealth short story prize for Africa

Regional winners of the 2017 Commonwealth short story prize has been announced. Akwaeke Emezi’s short story ‘who is like God’ won the prize for Africa.

The Chair of the prize, Kamila Shamsie said, “It speaks to the high quality of the shortlisted stories that the judges’ decisions were rarely straightforward – and it speaks to the high quality of the winners that none of the judges left the conversation unsatisfied by the choices we ended up with. These are engaging and moving stories that honour and understand the potential of the short story form to burrow in on intimate stories and also to give you vast canvases painted with precise strokes. They also reveal the extent to which human concerns cross borders while the ways in which those concerns are played out are always individual and specific.”

The stories will be published in Granta from the 30th of May. The Overall winner will be announced on 30 June in Singapore.

Other regional winners are

‘The Death of Margaret Roe’, Nat Newman  (Australia) 

‘Drawing Lessons’, Anushka Jasraj (India) 

‘The Naming of Moths’, Tracy Fells (UK)

‘The Sweet Sop’, Ingrid Persaud (Trinidad and Tobago) 

 

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