The Top entries selected from over one thousand, three hundred entries include: Above Board, Zebra Crossing, Satan Be Gone, 3x, Blood on The Bench, The Time in Her Name, Human, Ole, Blood on The Soil, On Duty, The Surrogate, The Stoning of The Prophet, Para-Dise, Funke, He Was A Threat, Fetters in Love, Ìdànrè, August Meeting, Tears Salvation, Why I Broke The Gramophone, In the Act, True Beauty, Madness In Degrees, Free at Last, What a Day Offers and My Father.
Others are The Covens of Umuofia, It's in The Walk, A Moment's Worth, A Baby Changes Everything, Total Ubunyama, TsuntsunMakka, Hadiza's Walls, I Was Papa's Son, Tears of The Harmattan, Tipped Over, Samuel, Help, The Church Whisperer, The Word Catcher, Nameless, Homebound, In Loving Memory, Gone, Curse Of The Seven Days, Invincible, Eba, EfoRiro and A Serving of Tears, Broken Voices, The Bond, Dan Ruwa and And Death Doth Pass Me By.
Head of Events and Sponsorship at Etisalat Nigeria, Modupe Thani, while announcing this in Lagos, explained the importance of Flash Fiction in the Etisalat Prize for Literature and in literary circles. “This category of the Literature Prize represents the short form of storytelling, a common stepping stone for accomplished writers. Short stories are where a lot of writers discover and perfect their talent especially in this digital communication era where content is absorbed in few characters.”
The Flash Fiction category is designed to celebrate short stories by upcoming writers. The winning author will be rewarded with a cash prize of £1,000, a high-end device and the promotion of published e-books, while two runners up will each receive £500 cash prize and a high-end device. Tanzanian writer and poet, Neema Komba, won the 2014 edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature Flash Fiction Category.
The Flash Fiction category judging panel is made up of personalities who have established relationships with the African writing space spanning book clubs, poets, writers and critics. They include Toni Kan who serves as the panel Chair, Hawa Golakai, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Monica Cheru, who all bring their experience to bear on this year’s edition of Etisalat Prize for Literature Flash Fiction Category.