Malawi’s Muthi Nhlema in $15, 000 Int’l Short Story Award

Blantyre-based short story writer Muthi Nhlema has been accepted for a $15, 000 (about K7 million) international short story award being administered by

Muthi Nhlema

Muthi Nhlema

Nhlema, a civil engineer by training, is in for his story ‘Ta O’reva.’

It is a story of a troubled young man who brutally murders an Afrikaner farmer in modern-day rural South Africa. Nelson Mandela is, then, brought back to life in a post-apocalyptic future where he is forced to question his legacy and face what maybe the hardest decision of his life: should he save South Africa again?

Information sourced by Nyasa Times reveals the winning stories will be judged based on literary quality and number of downloads from Nhlema’s book is available on the following link:

Nhlema, also a nominee for the 2014 Dede Kamkondo Short Story Award, is asking Malawians through social media to “follow the link and download PDF, Kindle or e-Reader formats to read the story.”

He told Nyasa Times that he was optimistic his acceptance to compete for the award “will help put Malawian writing on the map.”

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Valentine Takondwa

Hie Muthi, bwenzi pano ndili pano Mrs. Nhlema if it were not for your breaking my heart. Anyway wish you all the best


Wish you all the bets Muthi…U have worked hard and you are one of those that deserve the best for their efforts… Good Luck.


Chidzukulu cha Goodall Gondwe.,ana ofewa akanyamula zolemera ndi remote.control, akadya zolimba ndi dzira. Ayayayaya

Nsamaonetsa Nyoni

This boy was at the Polytechnic and he went there despite Quota. he got his degree, nothing to do with abuyache Goodall Gondwe. This boys uncle was also at the Polytechnic as HOD, nothing to do with Goodall Gondwe.

If he has a remote anagula yekha, it did not come from Goodall Gondwe or his uncle $Gondwe.

Nenani zina!!


That’s the way to go. Am inspired.


Zako izo. Short story yachani. Ife we need long stories. Za ulesi basi

Kanthu Ako!

Competition ndi ya short story, ndiye uzikalemba long story? We call that stupidity of the highest order (Quota System)


keep it up brother

John Phiri

Good luck

Kapolo wa Mulungu

Good luck college mate. Sometimes I think you are in the wrong profession but no! You are showing us that as human beings we can do more and better.

Duzulayo Chiposa

Way to go comrade, you are such an inspiration. It indeed is not all about the prize money but putting our beloved Malawi on the map. You can do it, oh yes you can!


All the best Muthi

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