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SSDA named a game changer in African publishing


This morning I went off to a meeting with Alex Polzin from Worldreader, Short Story Day Africa’s biggest funder, and returned to my desk at 3pm to discover a flurry of excitement on social media. I had been named, through my work on Short Story Day Africa, as one of seven publishers changing the African Publishing scene in an article on This Is Africa, which you can read here. Seeing the posts of congratulations made me burst with excitement and, let’s be honest, a big dose of pride. We’ve made our mark, I thought. All our years of hard work has begun to pay off.

“Making the list has gone to her head, turned her brains to mush and swelled her ego to Ayn Rand proportions,” I hear you mutter at your screen. But no, I haven’t started referring to myself in triplicate, like King Henry VIII. I refer not, shall we say, to the royal we.  Short Story Day Africa is not the work of one, it is the work of many. And while a core team at the centre of the vortex — Tiah Beautement, Nick Mulgrew and myself — may drive the initiative, it would not exist without the support of those both within and outside the African writing community that love our fiction and want to sustain it. Short Story Day Africa is the hive, but the change we will see through this project and others like it, is down to us all.

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.  - Friedrich Nietzsche


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