Maktaba Awards 2017 set to celebrate Kenya’s top libraries
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Maktaba Awards 2017 set to celebrate Kenya’s top libraries

The best libraries in Kenya will be feted at the Maktaba Awards 2017 at a ceremony at the Kenya National Museum on Friday 22nd September 2017. For the last eight years, the Kenya Library Association, the Goethe Institut, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and the Arts have been organising the […]

Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 shortlists announced
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Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s edition of the Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 have been announced. The Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature is a biennial literary award given by the Kenya Publishers’ Association starting in 1974. It is considered the most prestigious literary award in the east African […]

Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature 2017 All Stars unveiled
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Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature 2017 All Stars unveiled

The shortlist for the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature 2017 All Stars has been unveiled. The Burt Award was started in Tanzania in 2008 to recognize excellence in young adult literature, address an ongoing shortage of relevant, high quality books for young readers, and promote a love of reading and learning at the […]

Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 shortlists announced
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Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 shortlists announced

The poets and fiction writers in the running for the Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 prizes have been announced. The Nyanza Literary Festival, founded last year by New York based Kenyan writer Jakki Kerubo, was set up to elevate engagement in the arts in Nyanza Province, Kenya, through an annual literary contest and workshops. The festival […]

Nigeria Prize for Literature 2017 shortlist announced
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Nigeria Prize for Literature 2017 shortlist announced

Ogaga Ifowodo, Ikeogu Oke, and Tanure Ojaide are the three poets in the shortlist for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2017. The richest prize in African literature worth US$100,000 to its winner has announced those who are shortlisted for this year’s edition. The three poetry collections have been listed from the long list announced in […]

Inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards nominees unveiled
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Inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards nominees unveiled

Leading literary blog Brittlepaper.com has unveiled its inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards. Brittlepaper.com is one of the most influential spaces in the African literature scene. Started in August 1, 2010, the blog gives a snapshot of the scene with interviews, essays, fiction and poetry from some of the best writing established and upcoming on the […]

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 open for entry on September 1
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Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 open for entry on September 1

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 is open for your entries starting from September 1. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize born in 2012 is one of the more sought after prizes in African and world literature at the moment. This is because writers from 50 countries from five commonwealth regions of Africa, Asia, America, Canada […]

Andrée-Marie Diagne Bonané wins Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation award 2017
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Andrée-Marie Diagne Bonané wins Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation award 2017

Senegalese writer Andrée-Marie Diagne Bonané is the winner of the Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award (AWRA) 2017. The Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award (AWRA) provides a two months stay in a subsidized apartment to writers of contemporary African literature, who engage with current themes and concerns related to Africa […]

“The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” announces longlist
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“The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” announces longlist

The team organising The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!, a short story competition open to all Africans, has announced its longlist today. The Short Story is Dead, Long Live The Short Story! is a competition set up by South African based Black Letter Media which involves a short story call out […]