Scholastique Mukasonga makes Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2017 shortlist
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Scholastique Mukasonga makes Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2017 shortlist

Scholastique Mukasonga’s Cockroaches is the running for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2017. The book has been translated into English from the French by Jordan Stump. U.S. newspaper the Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of annual book prizes since 1980. They have given prizes in many categories including biography, current interest, fiction, […]

Helen Oyeyemi wins PEN America Literary Award 2017
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Helen Oyeyemi wins PEN America Literary Award 2017

Helen Oyeyemi has won a PEN America Literary Award 2017. She has won the book for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2016. A few weeks ago PEN America announced the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards in several categories. This is a highly respected award […]

Libyan, Egyptian make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017 shortlist
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Libyan, Egyptian make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017 shortlist

Libya’s Najwa Binshatwan and Egyptian author Mohammed Abdel Nabi are on the shortlist for International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017. Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Najwa Binshatwan, Ismail Fahd Ismail, Elias Khoury, Mohammed Abdel Nabi and Saad Mohammed Rahim announced as the six authors shortlisted for the tenth International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) on 16 February […]

Anietie Isong’s Radio Sunrise shortlisted for the Kingston University Big Read 2017
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Anietie Isong’s Radio Sunrise shortlisted for the Kingston University Big Read 2017

Radio Sunrise, by Anietie Isong has been shortlisted for the Kingston University Big Read project. The novel is one of the six shortlisted titles to be considered for staff and students to read before the 2017 academic year begins. Radio Sunrise, published in January 2017 by Jacaranda Books, is a hilarious, yet sobering take on […]

Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 call out (English and French)
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Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 call out (English and French)

The Writivism Short Story Prize, an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), has made a call out for submissions. The French call out can be found here. The Writivism Prize was born in 2013 and it has since the supported literary careers for hundreds of emerging […]

Awele Creative Trust unveils ACT AWARD 2016 longlist
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Awele Creative Trust unveils ACT AWARD 2016 longlist

The Awele Creative Trust has unveiled its ACT AWARD 2016 longlist of thirteen writers. This is for entries made from September 1 – December 1, 2016. Awele Creative Trust (ACT) is a non-profit trust formed in 2013 to provide a platform and enabling environment for creative young persons in Nigeria through literature and arts. Previous winners […]

Meet the mentors of Writivism 2017
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Meet the mentors of Writivism 2017

Writivism has unveiled its mentors for 2017. Those mentoring in English will be, Chuma Nwokolo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Dami Ajayi, Yewande Omotoso, Tiah Beautement, Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, Emmanuel Iduma, Karen Jennings, and Lidudumalingani. In French mentoring will be done by Richard Ali, Marcus Boni TEIGA, and Pierre Cherruau. Writivism, the project of writing as activism, […]

Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 seeks your submissions (East Africa only)
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Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 seeks your submissions (East Africa only)

The Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 which is set to happen in the middle of the year seeks your submissions. The Nyanza Literary Festival started last year and it was an interesting concept that was done by a team led by Kenyan born New York based Jakki Kerubo. The festival aimed to elevate engagement in the […]

Grill N Read announce new Readers Awards 2017 (Nigeria only)
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Grill N Read announce new Readers Awards 2017 (Nigeria only)

The Speech House International, initiators of Grill-And-Read programme, announced a call for nominations for the inaugural G&R Annual Readers’ Awards  (GaRARA) on 26th January 2016. The awards seek to recognise the contributions of the reading community to the socioeconomic development of the nation. The awards also recognises that readers occupy a position of influence in […]