The Shortlist – The cfwriterz June 2019 Freedom Magazine & Prize

The shortlist for the CFWriterz June Freedom Magazine for the Collins Elesiro Prize has been announced. The theme for the June 2019 Magazine was “Sweetness”, adapted from a poetry collection by Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu. This year’s prize comes with a hundred thousand naira and a digital publishing deal with CFWriterz for the Top 3 entries. The prize sponsor, Collins Elesiro of Crystalinks Education also funds the Print version of the Magazine.

The six-entry shortlist includes entries cutting across all three categories; – poetry, fiction, and nonfiction – one entry penetrates the meticulousness of what Sweetness entails, and a short story takes what is seemingly mundane and carves out a riveting tale.

The shortlist was compiled after detailed consideration by the judges – Michael Emmanuel for Fiction and Nonfiction; Jide Badmus for Poetry. The shortlisted entries in no particular order are:

  • Unbridled Things by Maxwell Fashola (Fiction)
  • You do not know when you are gone by Nneoma Mbalewe (Fiction)
  • The Orange Tree by Adewuyi Ademuyiwa (Fiction)
  • The Silent Plea by Resoketswe Manenzhe (Fiction)
  • The Taste of Home by Chinenyenwa Favour Chukwuma (Nonfiction)
  • Home-bound Dancers by Ugochukwu Nwafor (Poetry)

The announcement of the winners will be made alongside the publication of the magazine within the next days.

About the Author


Damilola is co-author of Life's Chrysalis, where he wrote “Rejection: Like Earth to Rain”. His writing has appeared in The Naked Convos, Africa on the Blog, The Guardian News Nigeria, Viva-Naija News, and Tuck Magazine. He also volunteers with PDBY News at the University of Pretoria. Damilola is an IREBS for African Real Estate Research Scholar at the University of Pretoria, where he is a Doctoral Candidate. He is the Head of Media and Strategy at Upside Africa. Damilola won the Biopage essay contest in 2018. He plays the saxophone for leisure.

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