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 Manuscript Project, a new literary prize for unpublished fiction by African writers, for her novel The Kintu Saga.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.
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 Manuscript Project calls for the submission of unpublished fiction manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora.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.