Gloria Mwaniga

Gloria Mwaniga Minage Odary is a novelist, short story writer, writing consultant, business writer and children’s writer represented by Storm Literary Agency.

She is the winner of the 2021 United Nation African Land Policy Centre’s Short Story Competition on Land Governance and a recipient of the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship.

Her work has been published in The White Review, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Munyori Literary Journal and Ebedi Review. For over ten years, Gloria has published book reviews and author interviews with The East African and the Nation newspapers in Kenya.

Gloria is also a writing and communications consultant and has written business articles for the IFC and How We Made It In Africa business journal.

She has written over 12 children’s books with Moran (E.A.) Publishers and Longhorn Publishers Plc. She has also written, proofread and edited the Kenyan CBC curriculum teaching and learning resources for Oxford University Press (East Africa). Her short story, Boyi, is currently part of the official literature curriculum in Kenyan High Schools.

Gloria has studied writing at Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Writing Workshop and the Miles Morland Writing Workshop. Her works have been shortlisted for the Writivism Short Story Prize, the Goethe-Afro Young Adult competition, and the Miles Morland non-fiction prize.

Gloria has judged literary prizes like the Hamza El-Rufai Short Story Prize, the Afritondo Short Story Prize and 100words Africa flash fiction competition. She worked as a high school teacher of Geography and Business studies for eight years.

"You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for."
Craig Bruce

Winning Story Citations

‘Boyi’ by Gloria Mwaniga Odary
When a local militia descends on a community, desecrating life where money is not on offer, a father produces his 14-year-old son to stand in as surety before he can procure the extortion fee. This unleashes psychological trauma for the family, perhaps surpassing the physical violence from the militiamen, even as the military intervenes, consigning the community to a non-man’s land, victims from both sides of the conflict. Gloria writes with sensitivity and subtlety, hallmarks of a writer who can only get better, and bigger.

Links to my Fiction

We are seating up. Kiyingu, Willy, Omido and I. Up the rock pile. Above the compost pit with old brown Tusker beer bottles and plastic red plum jam cans with peeling labels. Above the plastic car tyres we ride in the evenings after school. Above the wet peels of sweet potatoes and bananas that have started decomposing and gathering flies. From here we can see the passing cars clearly and all the houses on ploti Blocks A and B…

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