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Presenting the New Short.Sharp.Stories Anthology, Incredible Journey, with a Foreword by Sindiwe Magona

Incredible JourneyThe new Short.Sharp.Stories anthology, Incredible Journey, is out now – containing the winning short stories from this year’s Short.Sharp.Stories competition, which were announced a few days ago:

About the book

Incredible Journey is the third of the annual Short.Sharp.Stories anthologies. Following the crime thrillers of Bloody Satisfied (2013) and erotic tales of Adults Only (2014), the focus in 2015 is on a journey, be it political, personal or emotional.

The incredible journeys of this year’s title vary from road trips to mind trips, and are by turns inspirational, intriguing, and entertaining. Those that have made this year’s shortlist have two things in common: 1) as in previous collections, they capture uniquely South African voices, and 2) they move the reader.

The judges of this year’s competition are Henrietta Rose-Innes, Ken Barris and Makhosazana Xaba, with a foreword to the collection by Sindiwe Magona.

About the awards

As the only regular collection of short fiction writing in South Africa, the Short.Sharp.Stories initiative, published in conjunction with the National Arts Festival, is playing an increasingly important role in the nurturing and development of South African writing talent. Bloody Satisfied and Adults Only were both positively reviewed in the media, and together have given widespread exposure to more than 40 local authors.

Incredible Journey will provide a platform for another 20 authors, some established (such as Anirood Singh, Bridget Pitt and Sally-Ann Murray), others previously unpublished. As in previous years, the winning author receives R20 000 and there are three further awards of R5 000 – a total of R35 000.

About the editor

Joanne Hichens, curator of the Short.Sharp.Stories awards, is an author, editor and creative-writing teacher. She has edited four short story anthologies, including Bloody Satisfied and Adults Only. Her first novel, Divine Justice, was published in 2011; her second is due out later this year.

Praise for previous anthologies

“The book is a gem. Adults Only is a nuanced, sensitive and intelligent collection of fine stories that stimulate in the broadest sense” – Liesl Jobson, Business Day

“Adults Only is a fascinating read which showcases the diversity, audacity and vibrancy of South African fiction” – Karina Magdalena Szczurek, Cape Times

“It is a great pleasure to be associated with Bloody Satisfied … buy it. Read it. Relish it” – Deon Meyer
 
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