The winners of this year’s Brittle Paper Awards have been announced. The awards were created with the aim to recognize the “finest original pieces of writing by Africans published online“, established in 2017.
The shortlist included 31 pieces by writers from several African countries for the five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction, the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry, the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Brittle Paper Award for Essays and Think Pieces, and the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award.
Below are the winners and the pieces that won the award.
1. The Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction
“The Miseducation of Gratitude,” by Sibongile Fisher(South Africa), in Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction.
2. The Brittle Paper Award for Poetry
“A Field, any Field,” by Itiola Jones (Nigeria), published in The Offing.
3. The Brittle Paper Award for Fiction
“Involution,” by Stacy Hardy (South Africa), in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, an anthology by Short Story Day Africa.
4. The Brittle Paper Award for Essays and Think Pieces
“History Through the Body or Rights of Desire, Rights of Conquest,” by Panashe Chigumadzi (Zimbabwe), in The Johannesburg Review of Books.
5. The Brittle Paper Anniversary Award
“On Postcolonial Theory,” by Shailja Patel (Kenya), published as a series of tweets.