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Syncity Anniversary Anthology+Prize Shortlist Announcement

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We’re thrilled to announce the shortlist for our maiden Anthology+Prize!

After several rounds of reading, we’ve picked outstanding 11 stories for our anthology shortlist! Our shortlist shows a diversity of themes and styles, and a wealth of new literary talent. Below are the shortlisted stories and their writers, in no particular order:


Shortlist announcement Frances Ogamba

1. A Memorial Service in Honour of Our Daughter, Sister and Cousin, By Frances Ogamba

Frances Ogamba’s short story is forthcoming in the New Weather for MEDIA anthology. Her stories have also appeared in Afridiaspora and Writivism Prize 2016 anthologies, Dwartonline and Ynaija websites, and on Enkare review. She is a workshop alumnus of Writivism 2016, Ake fiction 2016, Winter Tangerine 2016, and YELF 2018. She lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.


2. This Too Shall Pass, by Erhu Kome YellowErhu Kome

Erhu Kome Yellow is an Urhobo writer of speculative fiction. Her work has been published in literary magazines, anthologies and even as a Google ad. She is obsessed with Bob’s Burgers, Anime and Paranormal TV shows. She hopes to speak Japanese and Spanish one day without stuttering. Her debut novel, Dawsk, is forthcoming from Love Africa Press. You can follow her on Instagram @erhukome


Chiedozie3. Diagnosis, by Chiedozié

Chiedozié is a freelance writer and editor regretfully based in Lagos. Diplomas in his closet occasionally inform him he is a lawyer, and he hopes they come in handy in securing the death penalty for the crime of paying in exposure. He is distrustful of readers who love “Ulysses“, especially those who never shut up about it. We get it, cryptanalyst! Like most successful authors, Chiedozie lives with his dogs, Casper and Cairo; except he’s neither successful nor an author. However, his debut novel “With This Ring” may come to a bookshop near you this century, likely with a more catchy title. Yes, he’ll sign your thigh. He can be found cussing people out on all social media platforms @therealchidike. Medium: @chiedoziedike.


4. If There Will Be a Next Time, Please Return Promptly, by Nelson C.J

Nelson C.J is a queer Nigerian writer of fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. A prose reader for Winter Tangerine and Parentheses Journal, his works have appeared in Ambit Magazine, AfroPunk, Brittle Paper, Aké Review 2018 and a few other outlets. He lives and writes from Lagos, Nigeria


shortlisted stories Maureen Onyeziri5. Taming the Spirit, by Maureen Onyeziri

Maureen Onyeziri is a microbiology Ph.D. candidate who has a strange superpower: when no one is watching, she fires up her laptop and writes prose and (sometimes) spoken word poetry. This is all very hush-hush, but samples of her writing have been captured by folks at The Kalahari Review, Bakwa Magazine, and African Writer. When she is not doing research or scientific writing, she is taking long walks, binge-watching shows on Netflix and Hulu, and daydreaming.


6. So Call Me Happiness, by Gideon Chukwuemeka Ogbonna

Gideon writes because the pen is neither shy nor nervous. Torn between his craft—writing, and his profession—pharmacy, he finally decides to relegate pharmacy to second place. His story, “Until Yesterday” was featured in Vanguard Book of Love Stories; an anthology of short fiction published by Vanguard Literary Services, with an introduction by Otosirieze Obi-Young. He is a feature writer for Bella Naija, and his works have appeared in Kalahari Review and Type/Cast magazine. He is currently a content creator for Crystalinks Investment & Services, an investment company in the UK.


7.  Salt Paper, by Wisani Buti Mushwana

Wisani Buti Mushwana was born in Tzaneen, Limpopo but currently resides in Cape Town, Western Cape where he is a student at the University of Cape Town studying towards his MA in Creative Writing. He holds a BA Honors Degree in English Studies and a BA in Film and Television Studies, Media & Writing and English Language and Literature from the same university. When he’s not writing fiction he writes television scripts, or watches Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s videos on YouTube. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @Wisaniirvin


8. Colourful Things, by Godwin Uche Uwadilachi

Godwin Uche Uwadilachi is a graduate of Accounting currently undergoing his one-year mandatory National Youth Service in a Nigerian Polytechnic. An unrepentant lover of education, he also believes that African Literature is the gateway to another literary era yet unknown and tries the best he can to contribute his quota. His stories have appeared on the Kalahari Review, African Writer and elsewhere. He is on the 2019 Writivism Short Story Prize Longlist. 


 9. Fighting Shadows, by Dhee Sylvester

Dhee Sylvester is a recluse living in a part of Lagos only few Lagosians have heard about. He’s the author of From Man to God, the co-author of Two Shades of Crazy, and has been a part of numerous literary anthologies. He was nominated for a Best of the Net Fiction Award in 2017, and won the Black Pride Award for Prose Writing in the same year. His poetry and short stories have been published in print and online, and he’s a part-time Graphic Artist fascinated with psychopaths.


10. Womanhood, by Mubanga Kalimamukwento   

Mubanga is a Zambian writer, whose first novel, The Mourning Bird, won the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award in March 2019 and is forthcoming through Jacana Media on June 1st. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in, The Airgonaut, The Mark Literary, Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine, Two Sisters Writing and Publishing and The Advocates for Human Rights Minnesota. She’s a 2018/2019 Hubert Humphrey (Fulbright) Fellow and a Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow. She’s also an Advocate for the Supreme Court of Zambia and a mother of two boys.


11. A Zanga Hero Never Dies, By Ezeani Chuks

Ezeani writes for himself, guffaws at it and forgets it somewhere in his phone’s folders. He’s however happy that, lately, some friends (who have got his password and like to open folders named, ‘Don’t Open’) are beginning to think these works are worth a thing. So, he, returning the favour, now believes it’s high time some folder prisoners were unshackled, and released into the world to make other people smile too.


These shortlisted stories will be published in our forthcoming anniversary anthology. However, only the top five stories will receive an anthology prize. Our guest judges Mukoma wa Ngugi and Leye Adenle will pick the first prize winner in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to the writers! Watch this space for news of the final publication.

For more information about the prizes, contact us via syncityng@gmail.com

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