A. Igoni Barrett
A. Igoni Barrett

In February I blogged about these FT / OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards where writers, film makers and visual artists would be eligible for cash prizes up to US$40,000 and more goodies.

The organisers of the awards covering more than 100 emerging market nations announced have their long lists. The fiction lists have some of our favourite writers in the business from Algeria, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Rwanda and South Africa. The full long list of names is;

• Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett, Chatto & Windus, Nigeria

• Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol by Elias Khoury, Maclehose Press, Lebanon

• Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Granta Books, Kenya

• It Might Get Loud by Ingrid Winterbach, Human & Rousseau, South Africa

• Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga, Archipelago Books, Rwanda

• The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah, Faber & Faber, Zimbabwe

• The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, Pushkin Press, Nigeria

• The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud, Oneworld Publications, Algeria

• The Texture of Shadows by Mandla Langa, Picador Africa, South Africa

• Women of Karantina by Nael Eltoukhy, The American University in Cairo Press, Egypt

Finalists for each category will be announced on 7 August and winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in New York on 5 October.