- 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
- 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
- 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
- Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week
2016 Mombasa Poetry Anthology - Call For Submissions
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Last Updated: 04 May 2016
Poets from all over the world are invited to submit their original poems to the 2016 Mombasa poetry anthology. This anthology is organized by the Kenyan society of poets and literary scholars. It is out of literary and cultural recognition of the historical fact that Mombasa and its environs is home to man, it is an indisputable home to all types of people in all their capacities and stations.
It is historically evident that, at least a European, an African, Asian, Indian, American, Australian or Chinese have a home in Mombasa. This has been the case from as early as 7 AD when the Oman Arabs landed at the east African coast in the monsoon wind-driven dhows.
This anthology will be published Kenya, as a print version latest by December 2016, under the title, ANTHEM OF HOPE. The anthology will have a collection of 2000 poems, written in English, or written in any other language but accompanied with a translation to English. Each poet is allowed to submit three poems, a poem must not exceed 500 words, all poems must be submitted as one document of MS word attachment, the font types to be used are times Romans, the size is 12. The poem can be in any style without having creativity of the poet being decimated by traditional literary canonicity, but as long as the poem will be addressing and not limited to the following themes in relation to Mombasa;
2016 FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards Open for Submissions
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Last Updated: 25 April 2016
In February the Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds announced the launch of the second annual FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards, a global initiative designed to recognize artistic talent in emerging-market nations. This list of emerging-market nations was defined by the World Bank Atlas Method as those countries with a per capita of less than $12,746.
The winners in the three categories – art, fiction, and film will be announced in September. Each winner will receive a $40,000 award, and two runners-up per category will receive $5,000.
The 2016 Emerging Voices Awards follow the success of the inaugural program, which launched in December 2014 and got submissions from over 800 artists in 65 emerging-market nations. Last year, Chigozie Obioma won the Emerging Voices fiction award for his debut novel ‘The Fishermen’,Yuhang Ho of Malaysia won the Emerging Voices film award for her film ‘Trespassed’, and Cristina Planas of Peru won the Emerging Voices art award for her pieces ‘Vultures’, ‘Table of Negotiations’, ‘Mass Grave’ and ‘Coloured Christ’. Kenyan author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor had made it to the fiction short-list with her debut novel ‘Dust.’
Comments by Michael Skapinker, FT associate editor and chair of the judges: “We are delighted to launch the Emerging Voices arts awards with OppenheimerFunds for the second year. The Financial Times has reported and analysed the rise of the emerging market economies and followed their political trajectories for years. These awards show our determination to learn more about, and reward, their cultural richness too.”
“The quality of the submissions we received during our first Emerging Voices Awards program was extraordinary,” said Justin Leverenz, Director of Emerging Market Equities at OppenheimerFunds and Founder of the Emerging Voices Awards. “I am honored to continue this program to help provide a global stage to feature the visionary talent, creativity, and originality of artists from emerging-market nations.”
“As a leading global asset manager, we strive to uncover innovative and entrepreneurial companies in the emerging markets for our investors,” said Art Steinmetz, Chairman and CEO of OppenheimerFunds. “Likewise, we are pleased to work with the Financial Times again this year to help highlight and recognize remarkable artists in these countries.”Read more...
2016 PEN International/New Voices Award Open for Submissions
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Last Updated: 24 April 2016
The 2016 PEN International/New Voices Award is open for submissions and the deadline is 27 May 2016. The top prize is $1000 USD and will be announced during this year’s Annual Congress.
The PEN International/New Voices Award encourages new writing in the countries in which we operate, and provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The award actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities. The PEN International/New Voices Award builds on these ideas, simultaneously reconnecting with our past and moving into the future. The award is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30.
The writers must be nominated by their local PEN Centre as