1st place: Omar A. Mohammed (@shurufu)
Of the first-place entry, contest judge Arjun Basu said: “It is poignant, economical and completely topical and opens up the entire world in just three lines.”
Hassan took a boat from Libya to Italy. Despite the rain, he was getting to England. Brexit be damned. #SLSContest
2nd place: Wambui K. Collymore (@WambuiKamiru)
“This was a completely evocative story, the best of the “kissed in the rain” entries by far,” said our judge.
She kissed him. “It looks like it is going to rain,” she said. Then she stepped back into the house and closed the door. #SLSContest
3rd place: Bridget Pelkie (@thepelkster)
Our contest judge especially appreciated the imagery and the lovely language of this entry, and suggested reading it out loud.
Strawberry-picking in rain, you rip red hearts from the earth and offer me them in a sodden pulp box, sweet blood on your palms. #SLSContest
About the Winners
Omar Mohammed is a Tanzanian journalist based in the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. He is currently the Knight International Journalism Fellow where he works to promote data journalism and civic innovation as a means to strengthen journalistic storytelling and audience engagement. In 2015, he helped launch Quartz Africa and worked as East Africa reporter for the news site, covering politics, business, tech and sports in the region. Prior to joining Quartz, he spent 2014-2015 as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, where he studied models for doing online business journalism. His writing has also appeared in the Arizona Republic, The East African and The Citizen. He tweets @shurufu.
Wambui K. Collymore is a Kenyan-based artist and the founder of The Art Space. She tweets @WambuiKamiru.
Bridget Pelkie earned an MFA from Emerson College. Her work has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly, Fringe, Pearl, and the Ploughshares blog, among others. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.