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Congratulations To This Year’s Short.Sharp.Stories Winners!

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It’s official!

Congratulations to the Short.Sharp.Stories Awards winners:

Andrew Salomon is the Judges’ Choice Winner for Best Story with Train 124: “A bleak but fine, immersive evocation of autistic-spectrum experience, this story told with dark humour and narrated with considerable skill never breaks the considerable tension.”

Bridget Pitt is a Judges’ Choice Runner-Up for Infant Odysseus: “An excellent concept, beautifully observed, and the crisis is convincing. Lovely and accomplished writing; resonant, and moving. A tale of personal revelation.”

Lidudumalingani is a Judges’ Choice Runner-Up for Memories We Lost: “A tumultuous emotional journey told in an understated manner. Simple but layered, the first-person narrator ensures empathy from the reader. A naturally emerging narrative from a talented writer.”

Bobby Jordan receives the Publisher’s Choice Award, for Shortcut: “A fine example of what excellent South African storytelling can be and what a publisher looks for. A wonderful, engaging local voice and a page-turning tale told with humour and an ever-growing sense of anticipation – all the more memorable for the surprise of its powerful, transcendent ending.”

Andrew wins the R20 000 main prize; Bridget and Lidudumalingani each receive R5,000 as runners-up, and Bobby receives R5,000 as Publisher’s Choice winner.

Well done to the prize winners, and again to all who entered and made the final shortlist.

Incredible Journey was officially launched this past Friday on 10 July at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown at a discussion panel hosted by last year’s winner, Nick Mulgrew, with three of this year’s participants, Bridget Pitt, Lidudumalingani, and Megan Ross.

For more about the launch that happened this past weekend read Kerstin Hall’s article for Cue here:

Discussion Panel at Grahamstown

From left to right Megan Ross, Lidudumalingani, Bridget Pitt and Nick Mulgrew

Photo taken by Therese Boulle




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