Submissions are open for the 2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize.

The prize is an initiative of Wasfiri magazine. It was founded in 2009 “to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background.” It is open “to anyone who has not published a complete book in the category entered.” Submissions are welcome in three categories: fiction, poetry, and life writing.

The winner in each category will be awarded £300 and their work will be published in the magazine.

Here are the basics:

Simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 14 July 2017.

Please click here to download an entry form, or email wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk. Only entries with an accompanying entry form will be accepted.

The 2009 Fiction Prize was won by Ola Awonubi whom we have published, while 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner Akwaeke Emezi and 2016 Miles Morland Scholarship shortlistee Koye Oyedeji were shortlisted for the 2015 Fiction Prize.

Here is the 2017 judging panel.

Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair): Founding Editor of Wasafiri and Emeritus Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University.

Sabrina Mahfouz: Award-winning poet, playwright and screenwriter and former Sky Arts Scholar for Poetry. Mahfouz’s work has been performed in the UK and the US.

Andrea Stuart: Writer and historian, author of Showgirls which was adapted for stage and screen, and the award-winning The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon’s Josephine.

Boyd Tonkin: World renowned writer and journalist, currently Writer and Art Critic at The Independent and Chair of the Man Booker Prize.

Find out more on Wasafiri‘s Website.

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Please Note: Brittle Paper is not responsible for the organization or further promotion of this prize, neither do we have a stake in its popularity.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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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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