Jalada Africa reminds me a lot of that cartoon Pinky and The Brain. In that cartoon, The Brain is a mouse who plans to take over the world. Pinky is the mouse who messes up all his world domination plans. The only difference between the people who run the Jalada Collective and Pinky and The Brain is that they don’t seem to have the “Pinky” that messes up everything.
After conquering the editorial game with three anthologies all within the space of a year, the collective has set its sights on the awards segment of the lit game as they announced the inaugural Jalada Prize for Literature. They will use the typical system for these prizes with the Longlist announced in February and the winner announced in March. Those eligible for the prize were published in the Afrofuture(s) anthology that came out in January but in future I’m being told anyone can enter.
The winner goes home with Kshs 30,000 (USD 330) for their winning story, and second and third bank Kshs 15,000 (USD 220) and Kshs 10,000 (USD 110) respectively. Judging the awards this year are Moses Kilolo, Stephen Derwent Partington, Abdul Adanis , Kiprop Kimutai, Anne Moraa, Clifton Gachagua, Okwiri Oduor, Richard Ali and Sofia Samatar.