Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014 calls for entries

Posted: June 2, 2014 in arts/culture

etisalat prize winnerTelecommunications firm in the country, Etisalat has announced the call to entry for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the second edition of the much celebrated innovative literature prize launched in 2013.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature which is the first Pan African Literary Award to celebrate African fiction writers seeks to recognise, celebrate and reward debut fiction writers of African descent whose works are published in the last 24 months.

According to the Acting Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, “the Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talent out of the African continent and is the first prize with the novel concept of also promoting the growing publishing industry in Africa. The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia. The winner and shortlisted writers receive a sponsored two city tour promoting their books.”

The acting CEO further highlighted that following the success of the maiden edition last year, the literary community is now eagerly awaiting this second edition.

It would be recalled that Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature with her highly celebrated debut novel We Need New Names.

According to the Etisala Prize, submitted works which must be a writer’s first work of fiction over 30,000 words must have been published in the last 24 months.

The Etisalat Prize also announced plans to launch the online based flash fiction prize later in the year to engage the rising stars of fiction.

Entries close August 8, 2014.

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