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Thursday, June 13, 2013


The National Arts Festival and Mercury Publishers have announced the winners for the Short Sharp Stories which is an anthology of short crime stories entitled Bloody Satisfied.

They were selected from more than 200 entries and are Dawn Garisch (best story), Roger Smith (best thriller), T O Molefe (most original), and Liam Kruger (best new voice).

This inaugural anthology, introduced with a foreword by renowned crime fiction writer Deon Meyer, is a collection of thrilling twist-in-the-tale stories that make good on the ‘Bloody Satisfied’ promise: slick and sexy stories that brim with danger and elements of the sinister; sophisticated stories that focus on the subtler crimes of everyday life; smart stories that invert expectations and linger in the mind.

Meyer says “This book is immensely entertaining and it’s a pleasure to be associated with it. It contains the best 24 out of an astounding more than 200 contributions. It includes word-class, internationally famous authors, and a very large number who will soon fall into that category.”

Award money totalling R35,000 will be presented to the four prize-winning stories at the official launch at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown on July 6, 2013. This year’s judges are Sarah Lotz, Fred Khumalo and John Maytham. The editor is Joanne Hichens and the publisher Tim Richman of Mercury (an imprint of Burnet Media).

The Short Sharp Stories Award is a platform for both established and emerging writers in South Africa. The theme for next year’s anthology will be announced at the launch in July. The Award is curated by Joanne Hichens at

The book is published by Burnet Media. For more information visit or contact Stuart Hendricks of Mercury books: 021 671 3440;

The 39th edition of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown will take place from June 27 to July 7 2013. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, National Arts Council, City Press and M Net.

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