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Ellah Allfrey on Man Booker Prize 2015 judges panel

A few months ago I was in pain. Without an African author on the short or long list of the Booker Prize for 2014 I was left bereft and I put out an appeal to the organisers of this most respected literary prize. I’m not saying my letter had any effect (I believe it had […]

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Etisalat Prize Shortlist 2014 announced

And then there were three. The judges for the Etisalat Prize for African literature have whittled down the long list of writers and those next in the line were announced. The three shortlistees in the running for next awards are Nadia Davids, for An Imperfect Blessing (Random House Struik-Umuzi), Chinelo Okparanta for Happiness Like Water […]

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Morland Writing Scholars 2014 announced

The Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) has announced the winners of the 2014 Morland Writing Scholarships. The winners each receive a grant of ₤18,000 to allow them to take a year to write a book. The awards are based on submissions which include a book proposal and an excerpt of published writing. While usually the MMF […]

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Noviolet, Chimamanda and Aminatta for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is an international literary award for a work of fiction, jointly sponsored by the city of Dublin, Ireland and the company IMPAC. At 100,000 Euros it is one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The long list for this years awards were announced yesterday and there are […]

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Writivism Creative Writing Workshop 2015 attendees announced

It’s all happening at the Ake Festival today. Our friends from Writivism have announced the writers who will be attending the Writivism 2015 workshops in cities around the continent. The writers who were shortlisted will attend workshops led by Dilman Dila (Kampala), Zukiswa Wanner and Anne Ayeta Wangusa (Dar es Salaam), Yewande Omotoso and Saaleha […]

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Caine Prize 2015 judging panel announced in Nigeria

The people who will be judging the Caine Prize for 2015 have been revealed. The announcement was made earlier today at the ongoing at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The Caine Prize, for the four visitors from Kyrgyzstan who visited this blog in May, is named after the late Sir Michael […]