Gerald Kraak Anthology and Prize
Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Anthology and Prize will be kept open all year round.
Created in honour of the late activist Gerald Kraak’s extraordinary legacy of supporting human rights, this prize advances his contribution to building a world that is safe and welcoming to all.
This unique prize calls for multi-layered, brave and stirring African voices that represent a new wave of fresh storytelling, one that provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality.
Gerald Kraak (1956–2014) was a passionate champion of social justice, an anti-apartheid activist and the head of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Reconciliation and Human Rights Programme in South Africa.
He authored two books, including the European Union Literary Award-winning Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), which explores South African politics, and directed a documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army. He will be remembered for being kind and generous, delightfully irreverent and deeply committed to realising an equal and just society for all. His unfinished novel, Shadow Play, posthumously completed by Alison Lowry, was published by Jacana Media in May 2017.
The Heart of the Matter
OluTimehin Adegbeye won the third Gerald Kraak Prize for her essay ‘Mothers and Men’.
Obiageli by Prosper O. Anuforo (Nigeria).
The First of Their Kind by Lillian Akampurira Aujo (Uganda).
The Shape of Abnormal Things by Nonso Anyanwu (Nigeria).
Last Night in Asaba by Chiké Frankie Edozien (Nigeria).
A Sickness Called Longing by Chukwuebuka Ibeh (Nigeria).
Limbo by Innocent Chizaram Ilo (Nigeria).
The Impossibility of Home by Idza Luhumyo (Kenya).
The Passover by Caleb Okereke (Nigeria).
The Masked Dance by Nigel Mpemba Patel (Malawi).
Semen in the Sun by Jarred Thompson (South Africa).
Mothers and Men by OluTimehin Adegbeye (Nigeria).
Monstrous by Megan Ross (South Africa).
This Hell of a Body by Eugene Yakubu (Nigeria).
Playlist of the Least Loveable by JK Anowe (Nigeria).
Father’s Lessons by Bamidele Iyanuoluwapo (Nigeria).
Verdwaal by Lynne Kloot (South Africa).
A List of Things I Don’t Tell My Mother by Sarah Lubala (Democratic Republic of Congo/South Africa).
On My Coming Out by Chisom Okafor (Nigeria).
City of Salts by Chisom Okafor (Nigeria).
Pride by Deborah Seddon (South Africa).
My sex drive is self-reflective, Butch Bottom and Condition by Jarred Thompson (South Africa).