‘Black Lives’ Anthology Winners & Finalists 2020

We are proud to announce the three winners of our inaugural George Floyd Short Story Competition. It was a very tough field with 152 great entrants from around the globe. After months of painstaking deliberation, we managed to whittle it down to our 26 favourites, before our esteemed judge, Yvvette Edwards gave us our final victors (see her thoughts below)!


1st – Quibilah by Jade Mutyora
“Jade Mutyora’s intuitive understanding of personalities and relationships, combines a talent for poetry and writing that is brim-full with sensitivity and nuance.”


2nd – All of the Devilish Things by Ismail Kaia
“Strikingly original, vividly imagined, confidently written and likely to stay with you for some time.”


3rd – Sixty-Six, Thirty-Three, Ninety-Nine by Ebuka Prince Okorafor
Impossible to look away from or forget … steadily builds to a final denouement that is shocking, devastating and perfect.”


An incredible first competition year for a fantastic cause, congratulations once again to all those who made our 2020 longlist (in no particular order):

Malcolm Aslett – All Over a Cup of Tea
Marvel Chukwudi Pephel – Cecilia
Sharon Stevens – Changing History
Mabel Aghadiuno – Lessons
Ruth Akinradewo – Brown Skin, White Walls
Tyrone Takawira – A Letter from the Grave
Shahed Yousaf – Mr Freddie Mercury
Flo Husson – The Model Ingenue
Andre Clemons – The Last Will and Testament of a Black Boy
Laura Blake – Dinner Conversation
Lola Labinjo – The Next Big Thing
Paul K Joyce – Behind the Eyes
Shikhandin RKB – Insane
Stephen Wade – Prince Kintu
Vishwas R. Gaitonde – The Worth of a Miracle
JB Polk – A Neighbourhood Called Exile
Elizabeth Eve King – How We Overcame
Diana Sautelle – Jakku Bindy
Patsy Collins – It’s All About the Light
Ian Inglis – Sithifricker
Bethel Levien – Sometimes
Krystal Song – Dream of Red Passage