Author, Researcher, Peace & Conflict Professional


  • 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

A new literary award celebrating original unpublished work with a central woman protagonist has been announced. The Half the World Global Literati Award, with prize money worth $50,000 will be awarded to an unpublished short story, novel or screenplay written in English, judged to “have portrayed one or more well-rounded female protagonists as the central character”.

A distinguished panel of academics, writers and media professionals who are “each committed to advancing women’s voices within their field” will judge the award. The panel of judges includes Margie Orford, internationally acclaimed writer, award-winning journalist, and President of PEN South Africa; Anne Harrison, producer for the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated film The Danish Girl; Dr Lisa Tomlinson, scholar, cultural critic and lecturer of English literature at the University of West Indies; Gina Otto, bestselling author of Cassandra’s Angel and founder of children’s social activation platform Change My World Now; Kenneth Goh, editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore; KF Breene, international bestseller of the Darkness and Warrior Chronicles series; Michael Marckx, lecturer, writer, environmental activist and former CEO of Spy; and Debra Langley, executive director of Half the World Holdings. 


Caroline Bowler, representative for Half the World Holdings, says: “According to 2015 research from author Nicola Griffith, the majority of the significant literary prizes are awarded to works written from a male perspective. The Half the World Global Literati Award is specifically designed to put the spotlight on real female characters and positively impact how women are represented in contemporary writing...This award is a natural fit for us, to support the voices and stories of women as well as play a leading role in developing an ecosystem created by, and for, half the world.”


Half the World Holdings is an investment platform that supports businesses for whom women are the end-consumer.


Half the World Global Literati Award submission guidelines:


·         The work may be a short story, novel or screenplay, from any genre, written in the English language

·         All submissions meeting this criteria are welcome

·         The closing date for entries is 8 June, 2016

·         Please submit works for consideration via

·         The short-list will be announced on 22 June, 2016


The winner of the award will be announced on 15 July 2016.


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