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Awards

  • 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

2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature Shortlist Announced

The 2015 Etisalat Prize shortlist of three books has been announced!

Penny Busetto, Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Rehana Rossouw have made it from an amazing long-list announced last month. 

The Etisalat Prize is awarded annually to a work of debut fiction by an author of African citizenship.

2015 Etisalat Prize shortlist:

 

Judges’ comments:

Chair of judges Professor Ato Quayson said: “The variety of styles and subject matter of the books on this year’s Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlist reveal the vitality of contemporary African literature.

“They contribute to our understanding of what it is to love, to laugh, to improvise, sometimes to despair, to know and yet be fooled by the assurance of such knowledge, to work for our ablution in the fate of another’s suffering, and ultimately to embrace life in all its bewildering complexities.”

Zukiswa Wanner added: “This year’s Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlist showcases the varied voices emerging on the African literary scene, bringing something beautiful and unique to the reading experience.”

The third member of the judging panel, Molara Wood: “The shortlisted books challenge ready notions about new writing from Africa. They expand the field of literary engagement with themes of nationhood and the self. These are highly original voices whose works will charm and astonish new readers, through the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and deservedly so.”

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The shortlisted writers are taken on a sponsored multi-city book tour and will also have 1 000 copies of their books purchased by Etisalat for distribution to schools, libraries and book clubs across Africa.

The winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature will be announced in March and will receive £15 000 (about R348 000) and an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen. The Prize also includes an Etisalat sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.

Zimbabwean NoViolet Bulawayo won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for We Need New Names in 2013, and Songeziwe Mahlangu won the 2014 edition for Penumbra.

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The 2015 See the Etisalat Prize longlist of nine books was:

The Story of Anna P, as Told by HerselfWhat About MeeraBy Any MeansShadow SelfThe ReactiveWhat Will People Say
nullTram 83The Fishermen

 
Press release

Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist Announced

Lagos, Nigeria: December 14, 2015: Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw are today announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first pan-African Prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers from African countries. Now in its third year, it is acknowledged as the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction.

The three books, selected from the longlist of nine, are:
• Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo) – Tram 83 (Deep Vellum)
• Penny Busetto (South Africa) – The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself (Jacana Media)
• Rehana Rossouw (South Africa) – What Will People Say? (Jacana Media)

The shortlist was selected by a three-member judging panel: Professor Ato Quayson, Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Toronto (Chair of Judges); Molara Wood, writer, journalist, critic and editor; and Zukiswa Wanner, author of Men of the South and London Cape Town Joburg.

Chair of judges, Professor Ato Quayson, comments: “The variety of styles and subject matter of the books on this year’s Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlist reveal the vitality of contemporary African literature. They contribute to our understanding of what it is to love, to laugh, to improvise, sometimes to despair, to know and yet be fooled by the assurance of such knowledge, to work for our ablution in the fate of another’s suffering, and ultimately to embrace life in all its bewildering complexities.”

Zukiswa Wanner adds: “This year’s Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlist showcases the varied voices emerging on the African literary scene, bringing something beautiful and unique to the reading experience.”

The third member of the judging panel, Molara Wood concludes: “The shortlisted books challenge ready notions about new writing from Africa. They expand the field of literary engagement with themes of nationhood and the self. These are highly original voices whose works will charm and astonish new readers, through the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and deservedly so.

The shortlisted writers will be rewarded with a sponsored multi-city book tour and will also have 1,000 copies of their books purchased by Etisalat for distribution to schools, libraries and book clubs across the Continent.

NoViolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature with her highly celebrated debut novel, We Need New Names, while Songeziwe Mahlangu emerged winner of the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature competition with his novel, Penumbra

The winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature will be announced in March and will receive £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen. The Prize also includes an Etisalat sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.

The distinguished Patrons of the Etisalat Prize are noted the acclaimed writer Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Pulitzer Prize Winner Dele Olojede (Nigeria), editor, critic and 2015 Man Booker Prize Judge, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE (UK/Zimbabwe), writer and public intellectual Kole Omotoso (Nigeria), editor, writer, broadcaster, consultant and co-founder of Allison & Busby, Margaret Busby, OBE (UK/Ghana) and novelist, poet and playwright Zakes Mda (South Africa).

For more information about the prize, visit the Etisalat Prize for Literature website.

Book details

The 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship shortlist has been announced today as below.  The four scholars will be announced in December.

Of the twenty one shortlisted applicants below, seven are from South Africa, six from Nigeria, three from Ghana, two from Uganda, and one each from Zimbabwe, Egypt and Sudan.

 

Michela Wrong, Literary Director of the Foundation said, “This year we had 345 entries. This was fewer than last year but I felt the overall standard was higher. Now that the Scholarships are better known we are attracting some of the best African writers. Some of the entries left me almost breathless. I am confident our four Scholarships will yield four outstanding books. Our only disappointment is not to see greater geographical variety in the list. There are many talented writers in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and other countries. We did have entries from them but none that made the short list. We would encourage people writing in English from all over Africa to apply in future years."

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Good news for 21 writers from the Morland Foundation as announced on their website today below!

The Miles Morland Foundation is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarships. Of the twenty one shortlisted applicants below, seven are from South Africa, six from Nigeria, three from Ghana, two from Uganda, and one each from Zimbabwe, Egypt and Sudan. Michela Wrong, Literary Director of the Foundation said, “This year we had 345 entries. This was fewer than last year but I felt the overall standard was higher. Now that the Scholarships are better known we are attracting some of the best African writers. Some of the entries left me almost breathless. I am confident our four Scholarships will yield four outstanding books. Our only disappointment is not to see greater geographical variety in the list. There are many talented writers in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and other countries. We did have entries from them but none that made the short list. We would encourage people writing in English from all over Africa to apply in future years."

 rey, Olufemi Terry and Muthoni Garland, will meet on December 14th to discuss the shortlisted applications, chaired by Ellah Allfrey. The four winners will be announced shortly after this.

 

If you have any questions please contact Mathilda Edwards, the Foundation Secretary, on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Winners of the new Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature were announced this week. The prize has the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages. The inaugural Winners are:

 1st Fiction Prize, 5,000 US dollars: Anna Samwel for Penzi la Damu
1st Poetry Prize, 5,000 US dollars: Mohammed K. Ghassani for N’na Kwetu
2nd Prize 3,000 US dollars in any genre: Enock Maregesi for Kolonia Santita (fiction)
3rd prize 2,000 US dollars in any genre: Christopher Bundala Budebah for Kifaurongo (poetry)

 Selected from 65 entries the manuscripts were read by 6 judges: Fiction: Dr Farouk Topan, Prof Sheila Ryanga, Prof Mohamed Bakari. Poetry: Ms Rukiya Harith Swaleh, Prof Clara Momanyi, Prof Alamin Mazrui.

 The judges said that “using captivating, measured, flowing and sometimes humorous poetic language the winners address issues facing East African societies such as drugs and the harm and violence they unleash globally, gender relations – the agency of women and their rights, and political corruption. This is African neo-realism in an African language at its best.”

 The Prizes will be awarded at the Kwani? Lit Fest on 3rd December 2015 at the Capital Club in Nairobi, Kenya.

 Sarit Shah, Director of Mabati Rolling Mills, Kenya: “The increasing use of Kiswahili as the major language of communication in Eastern Africa cannot be ignored. We believe that people’s expression in language and culture enables better relationships in both their business and personal interactions. We at Safal and especially at Mabati, are proud to be part of this growing community.”
Abdilatif Abdalla, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “It is encouraging that so many entries were of such high quality. But we can only award four participants with prizes. It is my hope that the other competitors will not be discouraged, but will participate in future competitions; and that some of them will find consolation by having their works published as well. They deserve it.”
Mukoma Wa Ngugi, the co-founder said that the “The amount of support we have received shows that there is hunger and room for writing in African languages, that the African literary tradition can flourish in African languages and that is possible to fund the growth of African languages through African led philanthropy.”

 Lizzy Attree, the other co-founder of the new Prize said “We would like to thank all those who entered their manuscripts and hope that this year’s award will encourage more writers to enter next year’s prize.”

 1) Award Criteria: The prize will be awarded to the best unpublished manuscript or book published within two years of the award year across the categories of fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels. The total proposed awards of 15,000 US dollars will be divided as follows:

  • 1st Fiction/Non-Fiction Prize 5,000 US dollars;
    1st Poetry Prize, 5,000 US dollars
    2nd Prize 3,000 US dollars in any genre
    3rd prize 2,000 US dollars in any genre
  • 2) The winning entry will be published in Kiswahili by East African Educational Publishers (EAEP). And the best poetry book will be translated and published by the Africa Poetry Book Fund.
  • 3) An award ceremony will be held in Kenya with the 4 Prize winning writers in attendance. The writers will be invited to a residence at Cornell University for one week after which they will then be in residence for an additional week at a partner institution (in the USA or in Africa) in 2016.

 Submissions for 2016

 Please send unpublished manuscripts or books (fiction, poetry and memoir, or graphic novels) published in Kiswahili within two years of the award year to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 31st 2016. Manuscripts should not be less than 50,000 words for fiction and 60 pages for poetry.

 Judges
Judges will rotate each year and will be selected by the prize’s Trustees (TBA).

 Dates for the Diary
The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2016. The shortlist will be announced in July and the winner announced in October 2016.

 Notes to Editors

 The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African literature was founded by Prof. Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Dr. Lizzy Attree in 2014 to promote writing in African languages and encourage translation from, between and into African languages.

 The Prize is primarily supported by Mabati Rolling Mills of Kenya (a subsidiary of the Safal Group), The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University and the Africana Studies Center at Cornell University.

 Mabati Rolling Mills is part of the Safal Group, the largest producer of steel roof sheeting on the continent, with operations in 11 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.

 The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University provides leadership on and helps oversee internationalization efforts at Cornell. Its goal is to work with schools, colleges, and centers to develop, support and implement plans pertaining to the university’s international dimension. The Office will provide support for the new Internationalization Council, chaired by the vice provost.

 http://international.cornell.edu/international_vision

 The Africana Studies and Research Center enriches the academic, cultural, and social environments on the Cornell University Ithaca campus.

 East African Educational Publishers is one of Africa’s leading publishers. EAEP strives to juggle the seemingly contradicting values of publishing works of enduring value cutting across the social, cultural, political and economic spectrum of society and at the same time excelling as a viable business that is ready to face the realities and vagaries of the technology age.

 The Africa Poetry Fund Promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest in the poetic arts of Africa.

 Board of Trustees: Abdilatif Abdalla (Chair), Mukoma wa Ngugi, Lizzy Attree, Happiness Bulugu, Walter Bgoya, Henry Chakava, Chege Githiora, Carole Boyce Davies, Rajeev Shah, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o – others TBA.

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 Contact information:
Prof. Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Cornell University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Lizzy Attree, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Etisalat Prize long-list is out! This year’s longlist of nine books have been chosen from a field of over 100 titles submitted from across the continent.

The longlist for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature:


Ifeoluwapo Adeniyi (Nigeria), On the Bank of the River
Penny Busetto (South Africa), The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself
Z P Dala (South Africa), What About Meera
Kurt Ellis (South Africa), By Any Means
Paula Marais (South Africa), Shadow Self
Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo), Tram 83
Masande Ntshanga (South Africa), The Reactive
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), The Fishermen
Rehana Rossouw (South Africa), What Will People Say?

The longlist was selected by an esteemed three-member judging panel: Professor Ato Quayson (chair of judges), Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Toronto (Chair of Judges); Molara Wood, writer, journalist, critic and editor; and Zukiswa Wanner, author of Men of the South and London Cape Town Joburg.
Judging Panel’s comments:

Professor Ato Quayson: “The range of submissions for the Etisalat Prize this represents the vitality of literary writing on the continent, and the longlist is a selective showcase of the best to be found.  The subjects covered in the longlist are so fascinating and varied that it would take another novel just to describe them all.  Magnificent!”
Zukiswa Wanner: “The books on the longlist evoked many emotions in me as a judge and as a reader for the originality of their plots and the beauty of the language used.   I know I shall be revisiting and gifting to friends many of them long after the winner has been announced.”
Molara Wood: “The longlisted books push the boundaries in their themes and inventive use of language. This is a rich array of bold new writing on what it means to be human in the world today, by irresistible African voices.”
The judges now have the task of selecting a shortlist of three at a retreat in the Seychelles in December. The shortlisted writers will go on a multi-city sponsored tour to be announced in December 2015 and will also have 1,000 copies of their books purchased by Etisalat for distribution to schools, libraries and book clubs across the Continent.

The winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature will receive £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen and will attend an Etisalat sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature launched in June 2013 is the first pan-African prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers of African citizenship and has now established itself as the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction.
The distinguished Patrons of the Etisalat Prize are noted African writer Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Pulitzer Prize winner Dele Olojede (Nigeria), Former deputy editor of Granta magazine and former senior editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House, Ellah Allfrey, OBE (UK, Zimbabwe), Writer and Intellectual best known for his works of fiction, Kole Omotoso (Nigeria), Editor, writer, broadcaster, consultant and co-founder of Allison & Busby, Margaret Busby, OBE (UK/Ghana) and Novelist, Poet and Playwright, Zakes Mda (South Africa).

 

 

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