Etisalat Nigeria has called for entries from writers for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015.
The prize, which is the first ever Pan African prize celebrating debut African writers of published fiction, is aimed at fostering writing in Africa, bring exciting new African writers to the attention of a wider audience and promote the reading culture.
Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, said the “Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talents out of the African continent.”
Willsher said following the success of the second year, which was concluded early this year, the literary community is eagerly awaiting the third year.
NoViolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature with her highly celebrated debut novel, We Need New Names, while Songeziwe Mahlangu emerged winner of the second year of the prize with his novel, Penumbra.
The panel for the 2015 edition will be chaired by Professor Ato Quayson, a Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Toronto; completing the panel is Molara Wood, writer, blogger, journalist, critic and editor and Zukiswa Wanner, author of The Madams and Men of the South.
The judges are vested with the responsibility of developing a list of nine novels, as well as a shortlist of three novels before finally selecting a winner. Submission of entries is ongoing having opened on June 18and will close on August 27.
The winner will receive a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia under the mentorship of the award-winning author, Professor Giles Foden.
The winner will also 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.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature also supports publishers by purchasing 1,000 copies of the shortlisted books for distribution within the continent.
Submitted works must be the writer’s first work of fiction of over 30,000 words and published within the last 24 months.
The Etisalat Prize will also launch the online-based flash fiction prize later in the year to engage the rising stars of fiction.

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