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$5,000 is up for grabs as the 2018 edition of the annual Golden Baobab Prize makes its call for submissions. Entries are welcome from professional illustrators and writers of children’s stories across Africa.

Now in its ninth year, Golden Baobab aims to strengthen the relationship publishers have with writers and illustrators in Africa. The most recent winners are Vennessa Scholtz and Lori Ann-Preston for the Picture Book and Early Chapter Book prizes respectively.

Victor Kyerematen, the prize coordinator, has this to say.

In the past, Golden Baobab has done a fantastic job of highlighting and honouring fresh voices in African children’s literature. Henceforth, we are eagerly prioritizing work that gets more African books in the hands of children.

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This year, the Golden Baobab Prize is to be awarded in three categories:
• The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 4-8.
• The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 9-11.
• The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators for the best artwork that matches illustration briefs provided, intended for children ages 4-11.

In addition to the $5,000 cash prize, the winners will each get a publishing deal while finalist writers will get connection to publishers and finalist illustrators will get the chance to display their works at exhibitions.

Deadline is December 1, 2017.

Find out more on The Golden Baobab Prize site.

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Please Note: Brittle Paper is not responsible for the organization or further promotion of this call for submissions, neither do we have a stake in its popularity. For any inquiry, go to Golden Baobab’s official website. Thank you.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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