The shortlist was chosen from 65 entries, received from writers in from South Africa, Botswana, India, Morocco and (most of the entries came in from) Nigeria.
The six shortlisted stories are:
1. An Opportunity From Above – Ekene Noel Ezeagulu
2. Small Head – Oyebanji Ayodele
3. The New Word – Cuba Ukoh
4. Watching and Hoping – Efembe Eke
5. Portrait of a Mad Woman – Adeola Salan
6. When Grandpa Came to Stay – Remi-Roy Oyeyemi
The judges shall announce the two final winners after two weeks.