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So the Path Does Not Die

So the Path Does Not Die

Author(s): Pede Hollist

Location(s): Sierra Leone

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

Long after Fina has left Sierra Leone for America, memories of a broken initiation still haunt her. She longs to return, to find her grandmother and right the path that has been set for young girls centuries past.

Her journey from the streets of Freetown to Washington echo with the tensions, ambiguities, and fragmentation of the diaspora. Fina’s inner turmoil and feelings of ‘otherness’, persist as she travels further from home.

Ultimately, the broken path of her childhood brings Fina back to Sierra Leone, to a life she had never imagined for herself.

So the Path Does Not Die is a tender and gently observed novel exploring attitudes towards female circumcision, and a beautifully rendered novel, rom an exciting new voice in African literature.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021