Shadreck Chikoti is a Malawian writer and social activist who writes in both English and Chichewa. His published works include Free Africa Flee! (2001) and Mwana wa Kamuzu (The Son of Kamuzu) (2010). His short story The Beggar Girl was included in the anthology Modern Stories from Malawi (2003), edited by Sambalikagwa Mvona. The Baobab Tree, for which he won third prize in the 2008 FMB/MAWU Literary Awards, was published in The Bachelor of Chikanda: And Other Stories (2009).
Chikoti has received the Peer Gynt Literary Award for his short story, The Trap. He won the 2013 Peer Gynt Literary Award for his science fiction/fantasy novel Azotus the Kingdom, published in Malawi by the Malawi Writers Union in 2015. In 2014, Chikoti was nominated by the Africa39 project as one “of the most promising 39 authors under the age of 40 from Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora.
Chikoti is founder and director the Feminart Literary Festival that runs in his home town of Lilongwe, Malawi. He is also the director of Pan African Publishers and founder of The Story Club, which gathers writers, critics, and others to share and discuss literature by Malawian writers.