- Hopes and Dreams by Mbogo Ireri (Kenya)
- The photograph by Mali Kambandu (Zambia)
- A River Ends in an Ocean by Obinna Jones (Nigeria)
The authors of the shortlisted stories come from Zambia (2), Nigeria (3) and Kenya (1). They are all expected to attend the 6th Annual Writivism Festival in Kampala, where the winners will be announced. Each winner will be awarded $500 and each author of a shortlisted entry will be awarded $100. Winners will also be eligible for a one month writing residency at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.