2009 PEN/Studzinski Literary Award finalists announced

sapen1The South African Centre of International PEN (SA PEN) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2009 PEN/Studzinski Literary Award.

The award for original short stories in English by African authors attracted an unprecedented 827 entries, 625 of which met with the rules of entry. Just under 200 stories were longlisted, and 34 stories were chosen as finalists by the PEN Editorial Board comprising Shaun Johnson (Chair), Anthony Fleischer, Justin Fox, Harry Garuba, Alistair King and Mary Watson. Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee is currently judging the shortlisted stories and will choose the winners of the first (£5 000), second (£3 000) and third (£2 000) prizes. The winners will be announced in May 2009. (Details regarding the announcement will be posted on www.sapen.co.za in due course.) The finalists’ stories will be included in an anthology of new writing from Africa to be published later this year.

The writers and their stories to have been selected as finalists for the Pen/Studzinski Literary Award 2009 are:

Ken Barris – The life of Worm; Nadia DavidsThe visit; Ceridwen DoveySurvival mechanisms; Joan du ToitAn informed decision; Graham Ellis – No match for Fanie Smith; Rosemund J Handler – Strident night; Jeanne HromnikLove In troubled times; Karen JayesWhere he will leave his shoes; Suzanne JordaanBeulah; Bobby JordanMetalhead and Situation Orange; Chisanga Kabinga – Display cabinet; Ken N KamocheA kiss in Nanjing; Yvette KrugerWhat I wore; Lauri KubuitsilePulani’s eyes; Beatrice LamwakaThe star in my camp; Jennifer LeanTo each his own; Irene McCartneyPauline’s ghost; Jenna MervisThe lives of dogs; Kirsten MillerOnly in art; NoViolet Mkha Bulawayo Snapshots; Wame MolefheRainbow-coloured dreams; Natasha MoodleySpirit of Madala; Isabella MorrisBluette; Kyne Nislev BernstorffThe last supper; Naomi NkealahIn the name of peace; Maik NwosuIn Leopardville; Tolu OgunlesiRiver Falling; Omolola Ijeoma OgunyemiArea boy rescue; Andrew SalomonA visit to Dr Mamba; Alex SmithSoulmates;Dineke VolschenkGlorious wounds; Phillippa Yaa de VilliersKeeping everything the same; Hayet ZFlypapered days

The PEN/STUDZINSKI Literary Award has replaced the HSBC/SA PEN Literary Award and aims to encourage new creative writing in Africa. It is open to all citizens of African countries writing in English, and offers talented writers on the continent an exciting opportunity to develop or launch a literary career. www.sapen.co.za

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