1 million shilling Kiswahili literary award is here

Author Ken Walibora with Spotlight publisher managing director Simon Sossion when the prize was announced
Author Ken Walibora with Spotlight publisher managing director Simon Sossion

Its been a good time for those who write in the Swahili language. First there was the Mabati Cornell Prize for Literature where folks who write in Swahili are eligible to win thousands of dollars in prize. Then came the Tanzania’s Ebrahim Hussein Poetry Prize where one could win some dosh too.

The newest prize for writing in Swahili being unveiled later today is the Tuzo ya Fasihi ya Ubunifu Kiswahili Literary Award. The new project is co-funded by the embassy of France in Kenya and Spotlight Publishers to promote the cultural diversity of literature, to promote the use of Swahili language in Kenya and to make the Swahili literature known in France.

The competition will see winners eligible to win up to Ksh1,000,000. The winner will also be published in Kenya by Spotlight Publishers and translated in France for publication purposes. Not bad eh?

So if you think that this is the language for you to write in you are invited to hand over your manuscripts of novels written in Kiswahili in soft copy between 15th of July and 15th of September 2015. The jury will be composed of Swahili language and literature experts from France and Kenya.

The winner of this competition will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the end of November.

One downside: Only Kenyan writers are eligible for the prize this year. Sorry.

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