short story Archive

Tell me a Riddle

Confession: I had never heard of Tillie Olsen until I bumped into a short story competition with her name attached. Some google followed, in which I found this short story “I stand here ironing”  http://producer.csi.edu/cdraney/2011/278/resources/olsen_ironing.pdf and...

The Rubbish Dump – Steve Chimombo

A little boy (too young to read, but going to school) living next to the rubbish dump and close to the international airport watches the big plane arrive and leave every day. An old man takes the rubbish to the smelly pit, every day. They share the same questions,...

Weaverdom – Tijan M. Sallah

Raise hands,  who was thinking it was about birds? It is, until it isn’t anymore. Instead we get painted a picture of a horrible species trained in -and excelling in- taking and no giving. Impactful. Spiteful. Masterly....

The Man – E.B. Dongala

The father-of-the-nation, the enlightened guide, and savior of the people, the helmsman, the president for life, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the beloved father of the people has been killed. The army is on a hunt. One man has done it, and done it...

The prophetess – NjabuloS. Ndebele

A boy is sent to a prophetess to get a bottle of tap-waterblessed, so it may cure her from whatever illness she has. The boy doesn’t get a name, nor an age, but through his eyes we observe the inconsistencies that live in all of us: a nurse-mother who believes Holy...