- Created: 09 March 2015
Dilman Dila started writing at the age of fifteen and was first published in 2001 in The Sunday Vision. His stories have since featured in several online magazines and anthologies, including The Short Anthology, Gowanus Books, African Roar, and Jalada. In 2013, he published two short books, a romance novella, Cranes Crest at Sunset, and a horror novelette, The Terminal Move. In 2014, he started an online literary magazine, Lawino, to promote writing from Africa, with particular focus on Uganda. As a filmmaker, his works include What Happened in Room 13 (2007), which has attracted nearly a million views on YouTube, and the narrative feature, The Felistas Fable (2013), which was nominated for Best First Feature at the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2014, and which won four major awards at the Uganda Film Festival 2014. He won the Jury Award (Bronze Drum) at the Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival for his documentary, The Sound of One Leg Dancing.
Dila has recently published a collection of speculative short stories entitled A Killing in the Sun. He was longlisted for the BBC Radio Playwriting Competition (2014), shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2013), twice longlisted for the Short Story Day Africa prize, and nominated for the 2008 Million Writers Awards.
A Killing in the Sun, 2014, Black Letter Media
Cranes Crest at Sunset, 2013, Storymoja Drumbeats Romance
The Terminal Move, 2013, Fox and Raven