Isele Prizes

The longlists for the Isele Prizes 2022, the first edition, were announced on Monday, February 21, 2022.

The Isele Prize celebrates the best of short stories, poetry, and essays by writers published in the Ukamaka Olisakwe founded Isele Magazine. The prizes are split into three categories – short stories, poetry, and essays, and each category is judged by a panel of two judges.  

The longlisted entries, which will appear in the annual print project – The Best of Isele Anthology, have been revealed and they are;

The Isele Short Story Prize

  • The Year of the Sun, Esther Ifesinachi Okonkwo
  • Today She Will, Saratu Abiola
  • Right, Rilla Askew
  • Sunset Dreams, Troy Onyango
  • Witch Hazel, Gabriela Denise Frank
  • Souvenir, Roseline Mgbodichinma
  • The Newlyweds Window, Husnah Mad-hy
  • The Children of No 39 Faulks Street, Innocent Chizaram Ilo
  • The Only One I Have Not Lost, Dennis Mugaa
  • Deliverance, Jadesola Ajao

The Isele Poetry Prize

  • Two Poems, Romeo Oriogun
  • Five Poems, Adeyele Adeniran
  • Four Poems, Joanna George
  • Balls of Mess, Muyera Sokoo
  • The One Good Eye of the Room, Susan Rich
  • there’s more and Two Poems, by Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike
  • Six Poems, Sarah Rebecca Kersley
  • Six Poems, Francine Simon
  • Three Poems, Kelli Russell Agodon
  • Three Poems, Chisom Okafor

The Isele Nonfiction Prize

  • Serengeti Saga, Sylvia K. Ilahuka
  • Sense of Touch, Nora Nneka
  • Feeling Your Way Home, Uche Osondu
  • A Personal History of Cantaloupes, Dot Armstrong
  • Women Who Bleed Colors, Ope Adedeji
  • Adjuncts in the Age of the Coronavirus, Frances Cannon
  • The Feminine and the Oracular, Itiola Jones
  • This is Not My Hand on Your Back, Tyler Orion
  • Cracks in Glass Identities, Seyi Agboola
  • An Odd Sort of Thursday, Ria Dhingra

The shortlists will be announced on March 21 before the winners are revealed at a ceremony on April 26.