Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Entries are being received for the first ever Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Literature.

The Prize, which aims at celebrating African fiction and writers, empowering members of the literary society and rewarding excellence in literary writing, will be awarded to the best full-length debut novel by an African writer published in the last 24 months.

Criteria for Entry

  • Submissions will only be accepted from publishing houses
  • The book must have been published between 01 May 2011 and May 31 2013 and must be at least 30,000 words
  • The book was first published in English
  • The author must be of African citizenship
  • All books entered must have a registered ISBN number or equivalent.
  • Entries for fiction books will be submitted by publishers who have published a minimum of ten (10) authors
  • Deadline for submission is 30th August 2013

The panel of judges for the Prize, include Associate Professor of African Literature at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Pumla Gqola; writer, Sarah Ladipo Manyika among others. The winner of the Prize goes home with £15,000, a Samsung Galaxy Note and a Montblanc Meisterstuck. There will also be a sponsored book tour to three African cities, and a place on the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia where the winner can meet with other writers, publishers and work on his/her second novel (as always!). Other shortlisted writers will win a Samsung Galaxy Note each and go on a book tour to two major African cities. In addition, Etisalat will buy 1000 copies of all shortlisted books which will be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the Africa (Now that’s generous!)

To top it all, an online flash fiction prize will be announced later in the year.

It’s a welcome development that Etisalat is celebrating African fiction. Although, the criteria are kinda stringent, considering that a lot of young writers self-publish, it’s a step in the right direction. So kudos, Etisalat!

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