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One African fiction writer will go home with US$40,000 in November

I am getting news of a new opportunity for African writers who engage in fiction to win some extra dosh with the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards. The new awards are aimed at recognising extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations. The winner […]

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Henrietta Rose-Innes on winning the Francoise Sommer Literary Prize

Author Henrietta Rose-Innes is a South African with four books to her credit. The first two of her books Shark’s Egg (2001) and The Rock Alphabet (2004) were published by Kwela books. On her debut novel Shark’s Egg J.M. Coetzee had this to say, “Henrietta Rose-Innes writes an admirably taut, clean prose. Shark’s Egg is […]

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Caine Prize 2015 deadline is Saturday 31st January

We all know the benefits of the Caine Prize to you as an African writer. The people who have been short listed and who have won it in the last fifteen years have had it good. Real good. Some of these names are now the biggest names in the African writing game so being one […]

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Chris Abani makes Edgar Awards 2015 shortlist

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City, USA. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year. On the nominees list for 2015 […]

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North Africans pepper International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist

The International prize for Arabic fiction was set up in 2007 to address limited international availability of Arabic literature. The prize is one of the richest in writing in this part of the world as US$50,000 goes to the winner of the prize and shortlisted writers go home with US$10,000. The winner also gets translated […]

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Helen Oyeyemi joins Canada’s Giller Prize jury 2015

The Giller Prize is Canada’s premiere fiction prize and awards the writer of the best English-language book with $100,000. Each runner-up gets $10,000. Nigerian born Helen Oyeyemi has been announced as one of the jury members of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She joins Cecil Foster, Alexander MacLeod and Alison Pick. Irish writer John Boyne […]

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Times up for Miles Morland 2013 scholars: What’s next?

All eyes are now Miles Morland 2013 scholars on Percy Zvomuya, Doreen Baingana and Tony Mochama. After enjoying the prestige of being the first scholars and the attendant goodies that goes with it like, well, the money, and the rest of it the real work begins. In case you have forgotten, Doreen Baingana from Uganda […]

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Sudan’s Hammour Ziada gets Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2014

Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature and is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature. He published 34 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Since 1996 the American University in Cairo (AUC) Press the Nobel laureates publisher […]