Nigeria South Africa

Two African writers doing big things in May

In October last year I was blogged about Cameroon writer Imbolo Mbue who had signed a seven figure dollar deal for her new book The Longings of Jende Jonga. Its not every day that you hear that someone gets a deal with a big publisher or literary agent that leads to one getting much recognition […]

Awards Nigeria South Africa

Caine Prize for African writing 2015 shortlist announced

The five writer shortlist for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced by Chair of judges, award-winning South African writer Zoë Wicomb. They are Namwali Serpell (Zambia), South Africans Masande Ntshanga and F. T. Kola (South Africa), Nigerians Elnathan John and Segun Afolabi. The Chair of judges, Zoë Wicomb described the shortlist […]


The PEN International/New Voices Award 2015 entries sought

The PEN International/New Voices Award 2015 is now open for business. The award provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The award actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities and is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30. The young writers must be nominated by their local […]

Awards Fiction South Africa

South African wins PEN International’s inaugural New Voices Award

Pen International is an association of writers, founded in London to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere. The organisation has chapters in over 100 countries including Kenya which is run by a team of guys led by Khainga O’Okwemba. This year the organisation introduced a new prize they called the New Voices Award […]