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The Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature Longlist

Alert! the longlist for the 2013/14 Etisalat Prize for Literature – the “first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books” – was announced on Friday. It features names that will be well familiar to followers of SA Lit.

Etisalat is a telecommunications provider headquartered in Abu Dhabi, with business links in several parts of Africa (especially Nigeria). The winner of the prize it sponsors will receive £15 000, a book tour to three African cities and an Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland. The prize itself has attracted some criticism since being launched, for not accepting translated works and for running a flash fiction competition that may have been too ambitious.

The prize’s inaugural judging panel is chaired by South Africa’s Pumla Dineo Gqola; she’s joined by Zakes Mda, Kenya’s Billy Kahora and Nigeria’s Sarah Ladipo Manyika.

Without further ado, here’s their first Etisalat longlist:

Bom BoyDaughters Who Walk This PathFinding SoutbekSarah House
The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the GodsThe Spider King's DaughterThe Spiral HouseThe Whispering TreesWe Need New Names

Hearty congratulations to all!

The books will be whittled down to a shortlist in January, and the overall winner of the prize will be announced in February.

Best of luck to those in the running – and especially to those who are particularly well-known in the world of SA Lit, namely, Yewande Omotoso, Karen Jennings, Jamala Safari, Claire Robertson and NoViolet Bulawayo!

 

Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    December 23rd, 2013 @09:32 #
     
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    Some tough choices for the judges to make here...

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    December 25th, 2013 @23:07 #
     
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    Indeed -- hearty congratulations to all.

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    January 2nd, 2014 @11:34 #
     
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    As you can imagine we at Modjaji Books are thrilled to have one of our titles - Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso in the long list. And personally I'm also delighted to see Karen Jennings' Finding Soutbek on the list too. (She is a past intern at Modjaji and a current freelancer and very good friend of ours).

    And its cool to see a new African prize for literature doing its thing. Looking forward to hearing who is on the short list on Jan 15th.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    January 2nd, 2014 @11:59 #
     
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    Good luck, Colleen!

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    January 15th, 2014 @11:44 #
     
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    Just saw the announcement date has been changed to the 22nd Jan. Whew, was biting my nails already as the announcment was to be today. Now another week to go.

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