Announcing the KSSP 2018 shortlist

Congratulations to our six writers for making the short-list.

The judges described the short listed stories as “gripping, lyrical, exciting, at times dark but lovely” all in all showcasing “raw talent” as they deal with love, alienation, betrayal, race, contamination and various forms of resistance.

The judges – a panel of four internationally acclaimed and award winning authors, publishers and scholars -are Mukoma wa Ngugi, Namwali Serpell, Ainehi Edoro and Mulenga Kapwepwe.

In no particular order, the six final entries are:

1. A broken road in utopia – Chanda Chongo
2. A degree of alone – Peter Nawa
3. God of the mind – Andrew Nguvu
4. The mango tree – Sampa Musaba
5. A hand to hold – Mali Kambandu
6. The legacy of Moombe – Mutinta Nanchengwa

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Kalemba Short-Story Prize 2018 longlist

Kalemba Short-Story Prize 2018 longlist

Congratulations to those who have made it on this List
Our sincere gratitude and love to every single entrant, including those whose names do not appear on the long-list. Do not stop writing, KSSP 2019 will be even bigger.

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Down to 50 entries

Although we are running beyond our timeline, we have made significant progress. Its tempting to give a date, but we will resist. What we can tell you for sure, is that 78 percent of the work has been done.

We understand the anxiety and even frustration by entrants, but it will be worth it.
For this, we sincerely apologize, and are learning lessons which will improve the administration of the 2019 and future prizes.

That being said, we have ensured that each entry, each story has been given the best shot at being selected to the next stage through a meticulous and vigorous process using a set criteria.

We are down to 50 entries from 317. Fifty entries; each unique, strong with an equal chance to advance to the next stage.

We are now busy with the long-list of 30. We will be publishing the 30 long-listed entries here and other platforms. We will also communicate directly to each of the 30 entrants.

The prize remains USD1000 cash to the winner.

Then, we have an exciting development which we will announce together with the short-list.

Twalumba, once more, for your patience. If you have questions, issues (not addressed in this update) please ask.

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Introducing the 2018 KSSP panel of Judges

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The 2018 KSSP closed on 15 December 2017 with 317 entries, exceeding our expectations.
Congratulations to all the entrants!

We are privileged to announce our distinguished panel of four judges, a combined team of internationally acclaimed and award winning authors, publishers and scholars – Mukoma wa Ngugi, Namwali Serpell, Ainehi Edoro and Mulenga Kapwepwe.  

The entries will be judged on imagination, verbal skills, originality and style (See earlier post for details)

A long-list of 30 and subsequent short-list of 5 entries will be announced in February.

Other details will follow.

Good luck to all the entrants.

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