The Kalemba Short Story Prize (KSSP) has announced its longlist. The inaugural short story competition closed on 15 December 2017 and received 317 entries. It was then the task of a well accomplished judging panel which includes Mulenga Kapwepwe, Namwali Serpell, Ainehi Edoro and Mukoma wa Ngugi to select the top 35 stories. On 28 February 2018, the top 35 entries were announced.

The judges have a further task of choosing the shortlist before the winner who will win US$1,000 is selected. The dates when the five shortlisted names and winner will be announced have not been released. In no particular order the longlisted entries are:

  1. Storm – A Honorable Burial – Marika Musonda
  2. Three Sundays – Maurice Siamuzwe
  3. Stranger at the Door – Gloria Machalo
  4. A Hand to Hold – Mali Kambandu
  5. Peter’s Tale – Nawa Mwituma
  6. Coffee – Wongani Ngulube
  7. Angela – Dennis Mwansa
  8. Apocalypse at 8 – Chola Chisengalumbwe
  9. The Narrative – Loti Nyirongo
  10. A Degree of Alone – Peter Nawa
  11. The Legacy of Moombe – Mutinta Nanchengwa
  12. Two Faced – Kgotso Tembo
  13. A Broken Road to Utopia – Chanda Chongo
  14. God of the mind – Andrew Nguvu
  15. Woman’s Cry – Natasha Kwalombota
  16. An African Presidency – Kapaya Kaoma
  17. Brief Encounters – Jonas Lumbila
  18. The Will – Chimuka Malambo
  19. Strong Independent & Fearless – Nasilele Mwanangombe
  20. The Mango Tree – Sampa Musaba
  21. What You Can – Enock Simbaya
  22. An Assassin’s Heiress – Tafadzwa Lamba
  23. Dummies Guide to a Haunted House – Suraya Manjra
  24. All the Kings Wives – Inonge Mufungulwa
  25. Fallen Wings – Kapesa Singogo
  26. John Doe – Maliwa Mutikitela
  27. Found in Oblivion – Joy Lubinda
  28. Bitter Regret – Nambeye Katebe
  29. Because of His Penis – James Shimwitwa
  30. One Will Cry – Ignatius Ngoma
  31. The Reply – Likezo Elisha Muyoyeta
  32. Dowry – Emily Pensulo
  33. The Free Bird – Muchemwa Sinkala
  34. The Beauty Spell – Nasson Nathan Tembo
  35. Now I Belong – Mwanamuke Nawa

 

Congratulations to all the longlisted individuals.

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