1st prize: £1000. 2nd prize: £300. 3rd prize: £100
8,000 words max.
Most literary competitions and magazines limit short stories to 5,000 words. 8,000 words allows more space for characterisation or to build a whole world, play with the limits of the form in a different way.
Our judge, Remy Ngamije, is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer, editor, publisher, and photographer. His debut novel The Eternal Audience Of One was first published in South Africa by Blackbird Books and is available worldwide from Scout Press (S&S); in 2022 it was honoured with a Special Mention at the African Union’s inaugural Grand Prix Panafricain De Litterature and won the first African Literary Award from the Museum of the African Diaspora in 2022.
He won the Africa Regional Prize of the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2021 and 2020.
Remy was long-listed and shortlisted for the 2020 and 2021 Afritondo Short Story Prizes respectively. In 2019, he was shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines.
He has served as a judge for the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the 2021 Kendeka Prize for African Literature, and the 2020 Kalemba Short Story Prize. His work has appeared in The Johannesburg Review of Books, American Chordata, Lolwe, LitHub, Granta, One Story, and many other places.
He is also the founder, chairperson, and ‘artministrator’ of Doek, an independent arts organisation in Namibia supporting the literary arts. He is also the editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first and only literary magazine, and the founder of the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards and the Doek Literary Festival.