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Spoiling The Broth – A Melting Pot Of Youth And Experience

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A short story writing contest has given a total of 22 aspiring writers an opportunity to be published authors and to subsequently launch their publishing careers.

The writers’ works are contained in two anthologies aptly titled Spoiling The Broth Volume 1 and 2, which have been published by PUBLISH’D AFRIKA Online Literary Magazine in conjunction with the National Arts Council, an agent of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the Presidential Employment Stimulus.

The writers hail from all nine provinces as well as two from Zambia and Zimbabwe. The title, Spoiling The Broth, is derived from the saying too many cooks spoil the broth‘, in this case meaning the complete, figurative opposite.

PUBLISH’D AFRIKA Magazine co-founder Sukoluhle Nontokozo Mdlongwa said the 22 writers were identified through a monthly short story writing contest, which was run throughout the year in 2022. Altogether over 200 aspiring writers from all over Southern Africa entered the competition, and these 22 were the cream of the crop.

“We invited aspiring writers to submit short stories of no more than 2500 words and monthly, we had two winners who walked away with a R500 prize each,” she said. “By the end of November last year, we had a total of 22 winners, who were then asked to submit two new stories each, which nowform part of the two anthologies.”

While the majority of Spoiling The Broth anthology contributors are aspiring authors, the short story collectionsare a melting pot of youth and experience with at least seven published authors. These include Busisekile Khumalo, the author of the acclaimed Harvard Series, Her Silent Screamsand Fallen Candle, as well as Hidayat Adams, a Cape Town based author who has published a short story collection titled Mhlobam and Other Stories.

“We also had contributions from Zambian author Isaac Kanyinji, Chance Ntombela and Anathi Kom,” said Sukoluhle. “Their stories touch on a variety of issues such as HIV/AIDS, genderbased violence, crime, mental health, dealing with loss and corruption.”

Both Volumes will be officially launched on Saturday, 29 April, at Hermansdal Lodge and Venue, outside Witbank in Mpumalanga. Thanks to the support by the National Arts Council, the 2023 leg of the monthly short story competition resumed in January, and six new writers who show promise have already been unearthed.

“The whole point of the competition is to unearth raw writing talent as well as to encourage a culture of reading and writing,” said Sukoluhle. “Two prizes are on offer monthly; the Publisher’s Choice Award which is now worth R1000, and the People’s Choice Award which is worth R500. In November 2023, another batch of 22 aspiring writers will form part of the 2023 anthology and like the 2022 winners, they will also be assisted to launch their publishing careers.”


Sukoluhle Mdlongwa

Sukoluhle Mdlongwa

Sukoluhle Mdlongwa

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