The winning story for our November 2013 competition comes from Nigeria’s Chinenye Emezie-Egwuonwu. Her submission, Glass House, is a story about domestic violence and its consequences. Told through the eyes of a child, the story delivers its message poignantly.
Africa Book Club remembers Mandela for his great accomplishments, and not least, his immense contribution to African literature. Mandela loved books and he wrote about looking forward to reading African literature when he retired. In Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself, he wrote, “… a good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood and souls. It can turn tragedy into hope and victory.” And he famously referred to the late Chinua Achebe as a writer ‘in whose company the prison walls fell down”. Besides inspiring many books and movies, Mandela was an author in his own right. His memoir, Long Walk to Freedom, was an international bestseller.
Congratulations to our winners of the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition for October 2013. Mark Mngomezulu from Swaziland (pictured) is the winner of of our October Short Reads competition with his story, The Village Breadman. Mngomezulu, a previous finalist, beat out tight competition from the other finalists. His story, told simply and concisely, follows Manyosi as he goes about delivering bread to his customers. Manyosi is determined to improve his lot. He is working to save enough money so he can buy himself a small van in two years. Or so it seems, until another side of his personality unravels.
Congratulations to our September winners of the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition. Nicola Coady (pictured) from South Africa is the winner of our September competition with her short story, Obio, about a man on his way to Boje, a city in Nigeria. Obio has never left his village before, not even to visit the neighboring villages, and now he nervously embarks on this must-trip to renew his life after a harrowing experience. This is a short story with all the magical ingredients – great dialogue, tension, and humor all throughout. Our first runner-up , May Kisanya from Kenya, submitted Lemayian’s Invention, a touching story about a young Maasai boy , who not only survives a difficult birth, but goes on to make it to the circumcision ceremony – an initiation rite that presages the transition to manhood. And in Endangered, our second runner-up Constant va Graan from Namibia writes about a students’ hiking trip to the Kruger National Park visit that goes horribly wrong.
We are pleased to announce the inaugural winners of our monthly Africa Book Club Short Reads competition. Fifty-three entries were received during the month. So what is our take? In one word – fabulous. When we launched the competition in the last week of July, we didn’t know what to expect. Afterall, this is by no means the richest competition out there. More than the number of entries, what’s impressed us most is the sheer richness of the entries.
The Commonwealth Foundation has announced changes to its writing prizes, effectively eliminating its annual book prize. Under the changes, the Foundation will now concentrate only on the short story competition.
NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names , has been longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, joining 12 other books which will compete for one of the publishing world’s most prestigious awards. Bulawayo is one of three debut novelists whose books made the list – the others being Eve Harris and Donal Ryan.
Nigeria’s Tope Folarin was announced winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing at a dinner held today at the Bodleaian Library in Oxford, United Kingdom. Folarin, whose story was entitled Miracle, beat out 96 entrants from 16 countries to win the prize and receive £10,000.
Uganda’s Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has won the 2013 Kwani? Manuscript Project, a new literary prize for unpublished fiction by African writers, for her novel The Kintu Saga. Liberia’s Saah Millimono came second for One Day I Will Write About This War with Kenya’s Timothy Kiprop Kimutai in third place for The Water Spirits.
The Kwani Trust today announced the shortlist for its Kwani? Manuscript Project writing prize. Seven African writers will compete for the one-off literary prize, with the winners to be announced on July 1, 2013. The top three winners will be awarded cash prizes totaling $6,000. In addition, Kwani Trust plans to publish 3-5 of the shortlisted manuscripts by April 2014. The Trust will also be partnering with regional and global agents and publishing houses to secure high profile international co-publication opportunities.