Celebrating East African Writing!

The Shortlist – Conspiracy Theories

The judges have been able to sort through all your submissions. They have come up with the shortlist of 6 stories. Please see the links below. The order of the stories does not in anyway indicate which story is at the top of the list. You can read and comment, but the shortlist judge will make their own decision about the winning story based on writing merit.

You will notice that the stories included in the shortlist have not been edited. There will be typos, grammatical errors, even structural blunders. We have left them as is so as to encourage helpful peer review.

So instead of saying ‘nice’ or ‘not so nice’, how about helping your fellow writer out with useful remarks that can be implemented in the edit of their work for possible future enjoyment perhaps even in print? If you only have one worded untruthful comments, please refrain from typing it out and then submitting it. Just text your ‘friend’ the lie instead.

If Only: “You’re not supposed to be here.” Edu said wearily, sipping his beer. His bleary eyes remained fixed on the Indian Ocean. The usually deep blue waters were a churning grey as a storm cloud in the horizon fast approached the mainland.

A Plot of TerrorMarsabit. 27th April. It began with hushed whispers passed from tongue to tongue under the cover of darkness, the usually noisy market women did not pick this up like any other gossip. The streets were not to be trusted…

Bang!Bang! Bang! Bang! The metal door sang as blow after blow landed on it. The sound reverberated in the tiny vehicle, making it sound as if thousands of mallets were hammering away at the door. Inside the van, two men listened or rather…

The Chameleon: The man blended into the crowd at Jevanjee gardens like part of the scenery. It was lunch time and the normal smattering of people at the park had been joined by office workers out stretching their legs and eating fast food from plastic …

The Blue Suit: Alice sat on a leather sofa in the large living room clutching a glass of vodka while staring at the glass coffee table. She could not control her sobbing as she kept on wiping away tears and wondering where her husband could be.

The Risks..:Tasha was only a teenager when she heard the speech by the then president of Kenyabeing aired on Voice of Kenya-February 13th 1990. She knew the man they spoke of; she had seen him once in a while on TV. An unexplainable excitement filled her.

Enjoy. Critique. And Comment.

As you do all that, here’s a bit of info for you.


What do you think is more important for a child’s future – having educated parents in good jobs….or reading for pleasure? That is right! According to an OECD study reading for pleasure has been found to be the most important factor for a successful future. Isn’t that almost unbelievable? In a country like Kenya, with such economic disparity, the love of reading could be the MOST valuable gift we give our children.

A reading nation is a thinking nation, but most public primary schools do not have storybooks, and certainly not local books that will arouse the curiosity of our children and make them think. This is your chance to change this.

Donate non-curricular children’s book packages to primary  schools  and ‘start a library’ yourself. Just choose one of these packages, pay through M-Pesa and we will deliver the books to the school. Thank you for being part of the Reading Revolution, which is all about exciting children about stories, books and reading and smashing the stereotype that Kenyans don’t read! For more information please visit Start-a-Library.


This entry was posted on May 14, 2012 by in Writer's Blog.
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