The Goethe-Institut invited aspiring African writers of all ages interested in writing for Young Adults (13 – 19 years) to submit short stories of 3000-5000 words in length in Kiswahili, English or French.

A panel of curators selected the best texts and invited the writers to participate in workshops across the continent that will take place in February 2019.


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The top stories from these workshop will be published in an anthology that will be available in Kiswahili, English and French and launched at Ake Festival 2019.


The Goethe-Institut Sub-Saharan Africa is pleased to announce the selection of writers for the eight African cities for Afro Young Adult workshops from 11-15 February (except for Lagos which will occur 4-8 February due to elections).

There were a total of 435 submissions from all over the African continent and the diaspora. Of those, our facilitators selected 52 whose stories can potentially be workshopped to be better for selection for our upcoming anthology.

To ensure impartiality, names of participants were removed from stories before being sent to facilitators. Additionally, we largely avoided facilitators taking part in selecting stories submitted for their own workshop cities. As an example, Lagos workshop facilitator read through and selected stories for the Accra workshop while Johannesburg facilitator Mohale Mashigo selected the Nairobi workshop stories. The exceptions to this were the Dakar, Lome and Dar es Salaam workshops. In the first two, Lome facilitator Edwige Dro and Dakar facilitator Richard Ali Mutu jointly selected the ten participants for the two cities respectively. In the latter, Elias Mutani who is the Dar es Salaam facilitator selected all the Swahili participants. His impartiality and strive for the best stories can best be seen in his selection of more participants from Kenya than his own home country, Tanzania.

“It is gratifying that the Goethe-Institut is leading in ensuring more Young Adult fiction is available on the continent through this initiative. It was further heartwarming to see the enthusiasm of so many writers across the continent, with the youngest submission coming from a 13 year old Kenyan student. Through the Afro Young Adult initiative, not only do we hope for an anthology that Young Adults across Africa will relate to and enjoy, but that this can get more people writing in this genre so that we can have as much diverse YA fiction in short and long form as we do short stories and novels for adults,” curator Zukiswa Wanner said.
DAR ES SALAAM facilitated by Elias Mutani
Adui Yangu – Amos Nandasaba (Kenya)
Arudi Shuleni – Jackline Kasanga (Tanzania)
Fadhaa ya Marejeo – Mungai Mutonya (Kenya)
Hukumu – Wafula Wakoko (Kenya)
Mtaka cha Mvunguni -Karangae Chaga
Pepo La Zehara – Jones Lukorito (Kenya)
Safarini – Fatma Mohamed (Kenya)

DAKAR facilitated by Richard Ali Mutu
Dangereuse Escapade – Jocelyn Tchetche Tendop (Cameroon)
Deux Femmes, Trois ages – Nina Wade (Senegal)
Cornee Noir, Iris Blanc – Merdi Muintshe Mukore (DRC)
Le Vide L’Histoire – Jocelyn Danga (DRC)
Viatique d’une Sokhna – Elhadji Amadou Ngom Dieye (Senegal)

LOME facilitated by Renee Edwige-Dro
La Dame en Toyota – Sadlay Hounyeme (Benin)
Abih Selassie – Simon Cardin Neyeng (Cameroon)
Le Prix d’un Plat de Riz – Kelvin Adantchede (Benin)
Le Labyrinthe des Complexes- Manuella Mayugo (Cameroon)
La Maison des Noces – Raoul Djimeli (Cameroon)

ACCRA facilitated by Mamle Wolo
Blood and Fire – Kwesi Woode (Ghana)
The Sun is White – Kofi Benko (Ghana)
A Memory of a Lesser God (Ghana)
The Beauty Ceremony – Akwasi Addai (Ghana)
Living from October the Third – Emmanuel Lindsay (Ghana)
Summer School – Asiedu Benneh

JOHANNESBURG facilitated by Mohale Mashigo
The Healer and the Extra – Maria Chichava (Mozambique)
Daddy Loves Us – Peter Nawa (Zambia)
The Year of the Failure – Shamin Chibba (SA)
Tara’s Hair – Sabah Carrim (Mauritius)
The Last Places – Priscillar Matara (Botswana)
Coronation – Catherine Jarvis (SA)
Her World – Fiske Serah Nyirongo (Zambia)

KIGALI facilitated by Zukiswa Wanner
Cry, Oh My Soul – Alain Jules Hirwa (Rwanda)
Within the Shadows – Precious Collette Kemigisha (Rwanda)
Homecoming – Daniel Nuwamanya (Uganda)
Going to Sancturary – Paul Kisakye (Uganda)
A Change in Sleeping Arrangements – Tamanda Kanjaye (Malawi)
A Love of Her Dream – Yamikani Mlangiza (Malawi)

LAGOS facilitated by William Moore
The Hunter – Chinelo Enemuo (Nigeria)
Oubliette – Howard Meh-Buh (Cameroon)
The Witches’ Camp – Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam (Nigeria)
The Red Dream – Musih T. Xaviere (Cameroon)
This is Not for Allah to Decide – Okechi Okeke (Nigeria)
Ebiye – Justin Clement (Nigeria)
Girl of My Dreams – Olakitan Aladesuyi (Nigeria)
Of Little, Beautiful Broken Things – Ernest Ogunyemi (Nigeria

NAIROBI facilitated by Kinyanjui Kombani
To Seek Gold Dust – Dennis Mugaa (Kenya)
Savannahs & The Sun – Selam Teslam (Kenya)
The Jinni Girl – Mango Joyce Nawiri (Kenya)
Moving to Kakamega – Gloria Mwaniga (Kenya)
Twist of Fate – Valerie Tonya Kidarisi (Kenya)
The Girl with Black and White Hair – Caroline Biegon (Kenya)
Only Good Christian Girls Live Here – Ruth Kenyah (Kenya)

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Submission: September 1 – November 30 2018

Announcement: January 3, 2019

Workshops: 11-15 February 2019 (It is therefore important that submissions come from writers who will be in Africa and can travel to their chosen city during the week of the workshop.)

Workshops will take place in the following languages in the following cities:

for Kiswahili: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

for French: Lome, Togo; Dakar, Senegal

for English: Accra, Ghana; Kigali, Rwanda; Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa