The winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing is set to be announced on September 4, 2010 at the Mail and Guardian Literary Festival.
Award organizers received over 300 submissions – 250 in the fiction category and 50 in the non-fiction category from countries all over Africa, but surprisingly, the final shortlist includes authors from just four countries. Of the 13 shortlisted authors, seven are from South Africa, two from Kenya, one from Zambia, and the rest are from Nigeria.
The award seeks to highlight the diverse writing talent on the African continent and make new African fiction and non-fiction available to a wider readership. Winners will receive a cash prize of $ 6,800 and a publishing contract with Penguin Books South Africa, with worldwide distribution through the Penguin Group.
The shortlisted authors for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing are:
- Ellen Aaku (Zambia)
- Moraa Gitaa (Kenya)
- Chika Ezeanya (Nigeria)
- Shubnum Khan (South Africa)
- Isabella Morris (South Africa)
- Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ (Kenya)
- Pius Adesanmi (Nigeria)
- Andrew Barlow (South Africa)
- Ruth Carneson (South Africa)
- Ahmed Mortiar (South Africa)
- Tanure Ojaide (Nigeria)
- Anli Serfontein (South Africa)
- Tebogo Tlharipe (South Africa)