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Judges Announced for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature

The Etisalat Prize for Literature has announced the panel of judges for the 2015 award, including South African Zukiswa Wanner.

The third annual Etisalat Prize will be awarded this year, with prize money of £15,000 and a fellowship at the University of East Anglia under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden, the award-winning author of The Last King of Scotland.

African Literature - An Anthology of Criticism and TheoryPostcolonialism - Theory, Practice or Process? The MadamsRefilweLondon – Cape Town – Joburg

Heading up this year’s panel is professor Ato Quayson from Ghana, a well-respected literary critic and academic who is currently director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Writer, editor and journalist Molara Wood from Nigeria fills the second spot on the panel. Her work has been published in many anthologies – including her own, Indigo which is available as an ebook – journals and international publications.

The third and final member of the the panel is Wanner, journalist and author of, among other titles, The Madams and London – Cape Town – Joburg. She frequently facilitates writing workshops all over the world and sits on the board of the immensely important Writivism project.

Entries for books qualifying for this pan-African award opened last month. First fiction books of over 30 000 words, published in the last 24 months and written by authors of African citizenship, are eligible. The 2014 award was won by South African Songewziwe Mahlangu for Penumbra, with Noviolet Bulawayo taking home the inaugural award for We Need New Names in 2013.

The prize calendar looks as follows:

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

Read more about the judges, and the Etisalat Prize for Literature:

Professor Ato Quayson / Ghana

Chair of Judges

Professor Ato Quayson is Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Toronto. He studied at the University of Ghana and the University of Cambridge and was also a Fellow of Pembroke College, Director of the Centre for African Studies, and on the Faculty of English at Cambridge. He was the 2011/12 Distinguished Cornille Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Newhouse Centre at Wellesley College; he held research fellowships at Wolfson College, Oxford (1994/95) and at the Du Bois Institute for African-American Studies at Harvard (2004). He is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Royal Society of Canada.


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