Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."
Pumla Gqola - Chair of Judges

Pumla Gqola – Chair of Judges

It’s been a great couple of weeks for African fiction. I would have been quite content with Teju Cole winning the International Literary Prize and Lauren Beukes getting the big Hollywood break. But two days ago, the Etisalat Prize for Literature was launched at The Wheatbaker in Lagos to much excitement in the African literary community. Novelists, critics, publishers, journalists, and bloggers attended the event. Granta Editor Ellah Allfrey was there alongside  Molara Wood, Lola Soneyin, Dele Olojede, Toni Kan, Victor Ehikhamenor, Femke “Funke” van Zeijl, Kole Omotosho and others.

The prize is essentially the African version of the Commonwealth Book Prize, a prize that caters to emerging writers. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is awarded for the best first novel by a citizen of an African country even though the publisher could be based anywhere in the world. The winner takes home a cash prize of 15,000 pounds. As far as clout and prestige goes, I have a feeling that the Caine Prize now has a rival.

With a prize this big, it’s no surprise that novelists can’t enter their own work. Only publishers who have published a minimum of 10 authors can send in entries. Some have expressed concerns that this stipulation favors bigger, more established publishing houses that will most likely be foreign.

Check out the crispy-clean and classy website HERE.

Thanks to Molara Wood (@molarawood) and Victor Ehikhamenor (@victorsozaboy) for the photos.

Femke "Funke" van zeijl and Igoni Barret. Author. Love is Power or Something Like That.

Femke “Funke” van zeijl and Igoni Barret. Author. Love is Power or Something Like That

Margaret Busby and Billy Kahora - Managing Editor of Kwani.

Margaret Busby and Billy Kahora – Managing Editor of Kwani.

Kole Omotosho and Ebi Atawodi

Kole Omotosho and Ebi Atawodi – Head, High Value Events and Sponsorships at Etisalat Nigeria

Odia Ofeimun

Odia Ofeimun

Bibi Bakare. Publisher. Cassava Republic and Lola Shoneyin. Author. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

Bibi Bakare. Publisher. Cassava Republic and Lola Shoneyin. Author. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

Ellah Allfrey. Deputy Editor of Granta

Ellah Allfrey. Deputy Editor of Granta

steps with writers name

Watch the Trailer for the Prize.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

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.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

chimamanda ngozi adichie - by ecrivain

“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her […]

Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018 Unveils Top 5 Finalists

Quramo 1

Lagos – 10/10/18: Quramo Publishing has unveiled the Top 5 finalists of the Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018, two weeks after […]

Enter for the K & L Prize for African Literature

k and l prize

Submissions have begun for the 2019 K & L Prize for African Literature. The $1,000 prize, which is in its […]

The 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards | Call for Nominations

ala yale 2017

Submissions have begun for the 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2018. The […]

Nominate a Writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award for African Literature

nadine gordimer - collage

Nominate a creative writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award by 1 November 2018. This award, established in 1992 to honor Bernard […]

Pentecostal Republic | A Powerful New Book Tackles the Role of Pentecostalism in Nigerian Politics

pentecostal republics ebenezer obadare

Nigerian Sociologist Ebenezer Obadare is asking us to take a closer look at the underlying forces of Nigeria’s political life. […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.