The search for Africa’s next best fiction is about to begin. If you have the imaginative mind and the literary skills to pen your thoughts, then dont miss this amazing opportunity.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. The Prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.
By recognizing and celebrating writers and other members of the literary community across Africa, Etisalat plans to bring some much needed awareness and acclaim to the art of Fiction writing while also applauding and rewarding the efforts of those who have ventured into this genre in recent times.
At the core of Etisalat’s vision is promoting passion, nurturing talent and providing a platform for communicating ideas, The ‘Etisalat Prize for Literature’ wholly embodies this vision, bringing together celebrated high profile writers, book critics and academics from across the Continent and beyond in order to give credence and honor to ‘home-grown’ talent while also rewarding new entrants and encouraging further participation in this area.
The call for submission has been sent out, and a panel of judges has been selected. Ato Quayson, a Toronto-based Ghanaian professor of literature, heads the panel of judges, which includes Molara Wood and Zukiswa Wanner. Wood is a Nigerian writer, blogger, journalist, critic and editor while Wanner is a South African novelist known for her novel London Cape Town Joburg.
As Matthew Willsher, C.E.O. of Etisalat Nigeria puts it, “Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talents out of the African continent.”
Criteria for Entry:
Submissions will only be accepted from publishing houses.
All books entered must have a registered ISBN number or equivalent.
Entries by new writers published within the last 24 months before submission
Entries for fiction books will be submitted by publishers who have published a minimum of six (6) authors.
Publisher should have been a registered business (with certificate of incorporation as a publisher) for minimum of six years
Each publisher will be allowed to enter a maximum of three (3) books – however books maybe called in by the judges.
Each entry will be required to be accompanied by Seven (7) copies of the book being entered along with acceptance of publicity terms.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is not open to employees of any organisation under Emirates Telecommunications Corporation with branded trade name Etisalat.
How to Enter:
All applications for the prize competition will be accepted via post only. Download application form from – www.prize.etisalat.com.ng/resources
The application form should be submitted along with seven (7) copies of the submitted books by June to the following address:
Etisalat Prize for Literature
Building 2, Oriental Office Building
3, Lekki Road, Victoria Island
Contact Telephone: +234 (0) 8184754985 (Phone will be activated two weeks before call for entries)
Call to enter 18th June 2015
Entry Deadline 27th August 2015
Longlist announced 12th November 2015
Shortlist announced 12th December 2015
Grand Finale/Winner announced 13th March 2016
Get more info on the Contest here – http://prize.etisalat.com.ng/about-the-prize/