Kachi Ozumba is the winner of the 2006 Decibel Penguin Short Story Prize, Regional Winner for Africa of the 2009 Commonwealth Short Story Competition and he holds an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from the University of Leeds. His short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and appeared in anthologies and journals such as The Decibel Penguin Prize Anthology, The Best of Gowanus, BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, Pulp Net, and In Posse Review (USA) where he was the Featured Writer for the tenth anniversary issue. Currently, he lives in Newcastle, pursuing a research degree in Literature/Creative Writing.
His first novel The Shadow of a Smile was published by Alma Books in September 2009 and has been shortlisted for the 2010 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2010 in support of new writers. The novel was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Regional Award for Africa.