AfREC Postgraduate Coordinator and PhD candidate Tinashe Jakwa was recently shortlisted for the 2019 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing for her short story, ‘Nothing but the Queen’s English’. Of the ten shortlisted writers, Tinashe represented the Western Australian voice.
According to the CEO of Writers Victoria, Angela Savage, “This prize offers a critical link for writers from a migrant background who otherwise have difficulty accessing publishers. It’s pleasing to see such a diversity of stories that contribute to our culture, including a growing African voice.”
Earlier this year Tinashe was selected for the Centre for Stories’ Inclusion Matters Hot Desk Fellowship through which she worked on a short story collection exploring the theme of displacement in novel ways that challenge readers to think of the experience of displacement beyond a singular negative lens.
Her shortlisted story is one of the stories from this collection and is the outcome of the Hot Desk fellowship. The story deconstructs the notion of being a “sell-out” drawing from Tinashe’s experiences of negotiating the idea of ‘home’ both in Australia and on the African continent.
The prize winner and runners up will be determined by Melanie Cheng, Lee Kofman and Nyadol Nyuon. They will be announced at a special event on 4 December at Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne.
We wish Tinashe the best of luck as we await the announcement!