To celebrate the African novel and its adaptability and resilience, Kwani Trust has announced a one-off new literary prize for African writing. The Kwani? Manuscript Project calls for the submission of unpublished fiction manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora. The prize seeks fresh, original work that explores and challenges the possibilities of the novel.
The top 3 manuscripts will be awarded cash prizes, with the first prize receiving U$3,500, second prize U$1,750, and third prize US$875. In addition Kwani? will publish manuscripts from across the shortlist and longlist, including the three winning manuscripts, as well as partnering with regional and global agents and publishing houses to create high profile international publication opportunities.
Winners will be announced in December 2012 at the Kwani? Litfest. Interested writers must submit their entries by September 17, 2012 (deadline extended). For more information about the prize submission guidelines, click here.