Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi The First Woman

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s The First Woman is on the shortlist of the UK’s Royal Society of Literature Encore Award 2021 announced today, May 5, 2021.

The Encore Award was first presented in 1990 to celebrate the achievement of outstanding second novels. The Award fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes. The Royal Society of Literature has administrated the award since 2016. Some of the previous winners of the award have been Ali Smith, Adam Foulds, and Ian McGuire. No writer of African descent has won it.

There is a chance for this history as the shortlist for 2021 was announced today. The judges are Sian Cain, Nikita Lalwani and Paul Muldoon and there is one writer of African descent in the running for the award. They are;

  • The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (One World)

The winner of the award will be announced on Thursday, May 20, 2021.