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May Photo Drama – Announcing the Shortlist!

We are happy to announce the shortlist of entries made to the Photo Drama Short Story Contest. The Entries were based on the photo below.

This Photograph was taken by photographer and author Aernout Zevenbergen at the 2012 Storymoja Hay Festival  at the National Museums of Kenya during a performance of Shungwaya by The Theatre Company.

This Photograph was taken by photographer and author Aernout Zevenbergen at the 2012 Storymoja Hay Festival at the National Museums of Kenya during a performance of Shungwaya by The Theatre Company.

The order does not indicate any position in the judging list, however it is important to note that the judges were looking for creative interpretation and expression, story and plot development as well as grammar and sentence construction.

Some of the authors have executed some of the above qualities very well, but may have failed to execute others. It is up to you, the reader, to note and judge how well, and should you choose, comment about it.

Here’s the list:

1. Tale of a Girl’s Hair: This story was inspired by the word: Tradition. It was triggered by: The lady sitting on the third staircase (left side), wearing a yellow t-shirt and spotting a cool afro. Read

2.  YellowThis story was inspired by the word: Yellow. It was triggered by: The child seated in the front row with yellow shoes. One shoe was off like she wanted to join the performers. Read

3. Vicar: This story was inspired by the word: Drawing. It was triggered by: Among the author’s likes on facebook there is ‘DRAWING PENCIL’ and there was a time the artist was teaching in public how to draw. At the end, the test for the students was to draw some people who posed at a podium almost similar to the one on the photo. Read

4. Almost Family: This story was inspired by the word : Family. It was triggered by: The picture had a number of what looked like families. But on the far right of the picture, three little girls sat alone. The author wanted to tell a compelling story that offered an explanation why they weren’t with their parents. Read

5. Knees: This story was inspired by the word: Knees. It was triggered by: the people in the performance are kneeling. Read

6. Miss Dependent:  This story was inspired by word: ‘Fighting’. It was triggered by the two people who have locked their heads, especially the woman. At first glance, I thought it was a woman fighting her pathologically addicted village-drunk husband (prompted by the shirtless man and the gourd). Read

7. Touch: This story was inspired by the word: “Touch”.  It was triggered by: the two dancers in the center immediately caught my eye because of the unusual position they were in and the fact that they were touching, obviously. An introspection on how touch often goes unnoticed in its milder forms. Read

Over the next week, editors at Storymoja will re-examine the 7 short stories and decide on the winning entry whose author will be the recipient of 2 Season Tickets to all four days of the Storymoja Hay Festival in September 19 – 22, 2013 which will include entry to an exclusive writers’ workshop. [Follow @SMHayFest on Twitter and Storymoja Hay Festival on Facebook for weekly updates on the festival]

The winning story will be announced on Monday 3rd of June 2013.

In the meantime you have the unique opportunity to read and engage in constructive criticism with your writing peers. We will be looking out for the most useful comment on the Photo Drama series. Two persons stand the chance to win 1 Season Ticket.

Happy reading!

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One comment on “May Photo Drama – Announcing the Shortlist!

  1. frikalture
    May 28, 2013

    Reblogged this on consciousfoto and commented:
    Amazing stories from our beautiful country and continent……read, comment, share, tweet, retweet…etc

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