Celebrating East African Writing!
Just like the urban world, street lit needs to be fast-paced and intriguing. A writer of street lit needs to make the reader feel the street. The smell, sight, touch, noise, taste (or lack of) should be felt by the reader, as he or she interacts with the protagonist or antagonist. Street lit should not be too obvious. It is great if readers discover something on their own- something that they did not anticipate.
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.
Happy reading. The winners will be announced next week.