2016 Contests

Nyanza Literary Festival

Submissions for our first annual Nyanza Literary Festival are now closed. The theme of this year’s contest was “The Metamorphosis.” Over the last couple of decades, our country has transformed in many ways, but it has also descended into some wild chaos. We accepted works of fiction that covered the absurd in our society and the ways in which our systems of justice and order are broken – especially within close family/work relations. Our aim was to nurture and celebrate local talent and elevate the literary engagement in Nyanza.

Contest winners in the categories of Fiction and Poetry will win $1,000 each (no cash prize for the Screen/Stageplay category), plus mentorship with a published author/film or stage producer. The terms of the mentorship will be revealed later.

Winners were announced at NALIF’s inaugural festival on August 27th.

Congratulations to all who placed, winners are as below:


  • 1st Place: “for crying out loud and other poems” — Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga (RESCINDED DUE TO PLAGIARISM)
  • 2nd Place: “I Shall Not Kill My Father and other poems”– Daniel Many Owiti
  • 3rd Place: “Tell Me the Truth and other poems”– Charles Omondi

Honorable Mentions:

  • “The Exodus and other poems” — Fabian Omoke Ombui
  • “Weeping and other poems” — Moses Abukutsa


  • 1st Place: For What Are Butterflies Without Their Wings?–Troy Onyango
  • 2nd Place: Moonscape–Winnie Ochieng
  • 3rd Place: No Escape–Nancy Lindah Ilamwenya
  • 4th Place: The Sacrifice–Nixon Otieno
  • 5th Place: This Story Ends in a Hospital–Calvin Kodalo

Screen/Stageplay Honorable Mentions:

  • The Gun with Three Bullets —Daniel Oduor Okello
  • Otenyo — Christopher Okemwa
  • Painful Inserts — Martin Okech Otieno