Sunday Times Books LIVE Community Sign up

Login to Sunday Times Books LIVE

Forgotten password?

Forgotten your password?

Enter your username or email address and we'll send you reset instructions

Sunday Times Books LIVE

Songeziwe Mahlangu Wins 2014 Etisalat Prize for Penumbra

Alert! Songeziwe Mahlangu has won the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature for debut fiction for Penumbra, it was announced in Lagos, Nigeria this evening.

The three shortlisted authors were Mahlangu, Nadia Davids, for An Imperfect Blessing and Chinelo Okparanta, for Happiness Like Water.

Neema Komba was announced as the winner of this year’s Etisalat Flash Fiction competition.

Penumbra was shortlisted for the Sunday Time Fiction Prize last year. Read Mahlangu on the creative origins of his book – and an excerpt – here.

An Imperfect BlessingPenumbraHappiness, Like Water

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is a pan-African prize for debut authors of published fiction books. The winner receives £15 000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen and a fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Prof Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland. In addition, Etisalat buys 1 000 copies of each shortlisted book, and the shortlisted authors are rewarded with a book tour.

The inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature was won by Zimbabwean NoViolet Bulawayo, for her novel We Need New Names.

Check out some tweets from the event:

Book details


Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    March 15th, 2015 @22:44 #

    Yee-ha! Heartiest congratulations, Songeziwe!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    March 16th, 2015 @11:59 #

    I love the way the Etisalat Prize is recognising writers who don't get quite the attention they deserve at first. I'm thinking of Karen Jennings here. Congratulations to you Songeziwe!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    March 16th, 2015 @22:40 #

    Oh well done for bringing it home, Songeziwe! The Etisalat Prize is really getting traction for local writers. Yay!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">helenep</a>
    March 17th, 2015 @08:12 #

    This is wonderful news!


Please register or log in to comment

» View comments as a forum thread and add tags in BOOK Chat