The 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature has announced the call for entries for the third edition.
Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Matthew Willsher, stated: “The Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talents out of the African continent. Everyone can see just how committed we are in driving culture and the values of excellence and empowerment that we stand for. The prize empowers, giving first writers the chance to excel and it also helps publishers support their business. We want to empower people.”
Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Francesco Angelone; one of the judges, Kenya’s Zukiswa Wanner; Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher and another of the judges, Nigeria’s Molara Wood, at the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature press conference held two days ago… in Lagos
The entry accepts submitted works which must be a writer’s first work of fiction in over 30,000 words, and published within the last 24 months. The Etisalat Prize is to launch the online-based flash fiction prize later in the year. Rules and guidelines for entry are available at prize.etisalat.com.ng
Designed to boost writing in Africa, the winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, U.K. under the mentorship of the award-winning author, Professor Giles Foden. Also the 2015 winner receive a sponsored three-city book tour while the two other shortlisted writers will receive a sponsored two-city book tour to promote their books.
Judges for the 2015 edition include Kenyan Zikiswa Wanner, Nigeria’s Molara Wood, with Ghana’s Toronto University professor of English, Ato Quayson, as chair of judges.