across Africa, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr
Steven Evans said that the Prize was created to give recognition to indigenous
works of literature, while also rewarding new entrants and encouraging further
have initiated this important project to celebrate literary excellence and
creativity in Nigeria and across Africa. We believe literature has the potential to effect
change and serve as a catalyst for promoting a cultural revolution,” he said.
Literature has been described as the first ever
pan-African prize to appreciate first time writers of published fiction novels.
The prize will bring together high profile writers, book critics and academics from across the
continent and beyond, to identify new writers of African descent
irrespective of where they are resident.
qualifications demand that works must be the writer’s first fiction novel of
over 30,000 words and which has been published in the last twenty-four months.
Novel category opened on June 5, to publishers who have published a minimum of five
authors in the last three years. All entries will be vetted and scrutinized by
a panel of four preselected judges chaired by Pumla Gqola, associate professor
in the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand
(South Africa) and of South Africa’s most celebrated intellectuals.
Mda, Professor of
Creative writing at the University of Ohio and winner of the Commonwealth
Prize, Billy Kahora, Managing Editor of Kwani Trust, of the literary
Journal Kwani and Sarah Ladipo Manyika,
writer and academic. These judges will work together to select the long list as
well as a shortlist of three novels and finally the winner who will be
announced in February 2014.
which the Prize will be awarded are: the best full-length debut novel, with a
minimum of 30,000 words published in English in the last 24 months, and for the
best flash fiction work of less than 300 words ( also in English).
proramme launch, Gqola, disclosed that
the Prize winner of the first category will be awarded a cash prize of £
15,000; A Samsung Galaxy Note or iPad; Etisalat-sponsored book tour( book
reading/singing) in three major cities; Scholarship/Fellowship at the
University of East Anglia( a prominent school for creative writing) and an
Etisalat-engraved Montblanc Pen.
the winner in the second category will get a £1,000 cash prize; a Samsung
Galaxy Note or iPad; and published e-book promoted online and via SMS.