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Vincent Anioke is a writer and a software engineer at Google. His short stories have appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Masters Review, and Split Lip Magazine, among others. He won the Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence in 2021 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize the same year. Born and raised in Nigeria, he now lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Award History

2023 Finalist

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
for Mama’s Lullabies

Jury Citation

“A tale of sexuality and diaspora, secrecy and tenderness and barbed belonging, ‘Mama’s Lullabies’ narrates a suppressed queer desire that comes between a Nigerian ex-pat couple living in Toronto. Poised and poetic, riveting and understated, this story handles a domestic tragedy with the subtlety, care, and imagistic density of short fiction at its best. Where light breezes reveal things ‘ugly and unknowable,’ Vincent Anioke takes us deep into the hearts of his characters, mapping the dazzling underworlds of their hurt.”

Works recognized by WT