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Ntsika Kota becomes first Swazi author to win prestigious short story award

Swaziland-born author Ntsika Kota has won the coveted global Commonwealth Prize for her short story earth drinks deepAccording to the Entertainment Times of India, Kota, 29, is a chemist and a self-taught writer, making his recent literary achievements even more impressive.

His now award-winning short story, earth drinks deep, tells a heartwarming story from the perspective of a group of villagers living in a hunter-gatherer community. According to Radio 947, the characters must deal with life-threatening factors such as disease and wildlife.

But this story is more than a survival one: Kota beautifully examines the intricate workings of this small community as it deals with grief, death, and fear.

About the Commonwealth Short Story Awards

According to the Commonwealth Foundation website, the Short Story Award “aims to identify talented writers who continue to inspire their communities. It unearths and promotes the best new writing across the Commonwealth”.

The award is given to the best unpublished short story (2000 to 5000 words) in the world. The overall winner will receive £5,000 (approximately R100,000) and the regional winner will receive £2,500 (approximately R50,000).

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According to the Entertainment Times of India, this year’s jury includes Guyana writer Fred D’Aguiar, Rwandan publisher Louise Umutoni-Bower, Indian writer Jahnavi Barua, poet and translator Stephanos Stephanides and writer Kevin Jared Hosein, among others.

KOTA reflects on the honor: “It is a huge honor to win this award”

In an interview with Cape Talk’s Pippa Hudson, Ntsika Kota was ecstatic as he talked about what the award meant to him.

“I think it took a long time to get into it, probably because without the ambition of a professional writer, I really just submitted the story,” Kota said. He describes writing as a hobby he enjoys, but never thought it would be more than that.

In a statement to the Entertainment Times of India, Cota expressed surprise and deep gratitude for the award.

“There are not many literary awards that are more global or inclusive than the Commonwealth Short Story Awards. […] By all means, my story was shortlisted. […] It’s everything I hope for. I don’t expect any more. […] However, I never allowed myself to actually hope to win, let alone look forward to it. After all, that would be ridiculous! amateur level? In such a distinguished company? Fantasy if you want, I tell myself, but for God’s sake, be realistic. Imagine my surprise when I got that call. “

AuthorNtsika Kota

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