The ROSL Readers’ Award is now well underway and the votes have already started flowing in, who will win this year’s inaugural prize? The ROSL Readers’ Award offers members the chance to support African authors by bringing their writing to a wider audience. The ROSL Readers' Award recipient will receive £1,000 as well as a commission to write a short story for our very own Overseas Journal. 

To vote for your favourite, read the stories by following the links below, and once you have selected your favourite simply vote through the poll below.

On Wednesday 27 June, there is also the chance to meet some of the shortlisted writers in an evening hosted by South African journalist and writer Maggie Orford here at Over-Seas House. The evening will provide an insight into the writer’s inspiration for the stories and creative process. Book here to attend 'An Evening of African Writing with the Caine Prize’.

Nonyelum Ekwempu - 'American Dream' (published in Red Rock Review, 2016, and republished in The Anthem)

Stacy Hardy - 'Involution' (published in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, co-published by Short Story Day Africa and New International, 2017)

Olufunke Ogundimu - 'The Armed Letter Writers' (published in The African Literary Hustle,2017)

Makena Onjerika - 'Fanta Blackcurrant' (published in Wasafiri, 2017)

Wole Talabi - 'Wednesday's Story' (published in Lightspeed Magazine, 2016)

If you would like a hard copy of the stories please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 020 7408 0214 ext.219.


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