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Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 shortlistees announced

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is an annual poetry prize aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa with a prize money of £3000. Pretty good for poetry. The prize is sponsored by Brunel University a public research university located in London, UK and Commonwealth Writers. The shortlist for the 2015 […]

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Short Sharp Stories Award to feature at Mzansi’s National Arts Festival

The “Short Sharp Stories Award” for South African short-story fiction curated by Joanne Hichens is presented each year by the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The awards create a publishing platform for both established and emerging writers in South Africa. The winning writers have their stories in an annual anthology of selected stories with a […]

Jalada Prize for Literature 2015 Longlist announced
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Jalada Prize for Literature 2015 Longlist announced

The Jalada Africa collective has announced the long list for its inaugural Prize for literature. This edition of the prize is offered only to the best stories published in the Afrofuture(s) anthology. The longlist includes; “Last Wave” by Ivor W. Hartmann “eNGAGEMENT” by Richard Oduor Oduku “Discovering Time Travel” By Suleiman Agbonkhianmen Buhari “For Digital […]

Countdown to the Caine Prize 2015 shortlist, workshop in Ghana
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Countdown to the Caine Prize 2015 shortlist, workshop in Ghana

The Caine Prize folks have announced their entry tally for this years shortlist and its a big number; 153 entries. Its a huge number if you consider that all these entries are from publishers in the African space. It is actually a record for the fifteen year old highly rated prize. With the prizes in, […]

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The PEN International/New Voices Award 2015 entries sought

The PEN International/New Voices Award 2015 is now open for business. The award provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The award actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities and is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30. The young writers must be nominated by their local […]

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor makes Folio Prize 2015 shortlist

In December last year I wrote a blog about The Folio Prize, the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world published in the UK. When I mentioned it the interest for me was that there were three Africans on the list: South African author Damon Galgut, Ethiopian born Mengestu […]

Jalada Africa announces new literature prize
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Jalada Africa announces new literature prize

Jalada Africa reminds me a lot of that cartoon Pinky and The Brain. In that cartoon, The Brain is a mouse who plans to take over the world. Pinky is the mouse who messes up all his world domination plans. The only difference between the people who run the Jalada Collective and Pinky and The […]