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30 Years Ago – Editor’s Choice

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.” — Neil Gaiman

Here is the Editor’s Choice for the 30 Years Ago Writing Challenge.

Mother’s Love: Thirty years ago today, I scooped the Mother of the Year Award for Dereliction of Motherhood duties. I defended the title for fifteen good years. I had swung from depression to exhilaration, and when I couldn’t sleep, I was slovenly wide-eyed, and agitated. I reached the breaking point. That’s when the plan formed in my head, the plan to hurt my baby… Read Here

We also thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge 2 more stories by writers debuting their work on the Storymoja Writers’  Blog. [Stories are published as submitted.]

Paper Planes by Charity Moraa:  In my teenage years, whenever I visited any of my married relatives I popped the question,” How did you two meet?” I think I needed answers and proof to back up the whole cupid,fate,destiny and serendipity theories. I lived in this fantasy bubble believing that there is somebody out there for everyone. Finally, I grew up and realized maybe that’s not true. Read Here

City GirlThe bus stopped again, more passengers alighted. They brushed her shoulder as they exited. Lucy felt irritated. The bus started again, more dust and exhaust fumes entered. She felt choked. Gladly, her neighbor had alighted and her irritants were less with sweat and cheap perfume. She finally saw her home town, it was her time to alight and breathe fresh air. The town looked uglier… Read Here

Enjoy the reading and please be sure to drop a few comments on the stories. This month, we will be awarding 2 tickets to the Storymoja Festival to random winners chosen from the people who comment on the 3 stories above. Please be sure to leave your right email so we can contact you if you win.

The Storymoja Festival will be on 16th to 20th September at the Nairobi Arboretum. Tickets are already available online at

5 comments on “30 Years Ago – Editor’s Choice

  1. abuamirah
    August 3, 2015

    Congratulations everyone. the pieces are beautiful!


  2. Maureen Nyambura Karuoya
    August 3, 2015

    The pieces are phenomenal.


  3. Samie
    August 4, 2015

    Awesome pieces there!


  4. Irene Washiali
    August 5, 2015

    Amazing works of literature. “Mother’s Love” is indeed a remarkable choice. Captivating pieces of how life can change for the better or for worse. Thank you to the Storymoja fraternity too for putting into focus such a subject. It makes us look back and appreciate where we are. And for those who had an awesome past which is currently crumbled, they can look back and endeavor to restore that amazing past.


  5. Irene Washiali
    August 5, 2015

    So unfortunate for Lucy, the city girl. She would have had a better life if only she listened to her parents. She should also have humbled herself when she was kicked out, but her pride deceived her. Parents always take back their prodigal children. Lovely piece.


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