etisalat prize 2015

What a great way to end the year! The Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlist is out! And, as usual, there are a few surprises.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the only prize designed solely to recognize debut African fiction writers. In just three years of being in existence, it has become a cultural force in the global literary landscape.

Judges Ato Quayson, Zukiswa Wanner, and Molara Wood whittled down the longlist of 9 names. And here are the lucky shortlistees:

From here on, all three will battle it out for the 15,000 pound prize.

All through last week, there were all kinds of conjectures about who would make the shortlist. But the judges have now spoken, and there are a few things that are worth noting about their choice.

Expectations were high for Chigozie Obioma’s Fishermen. His fans would definitely wonder why he is not on the shortlist.

Mujila’s brilliant novel is still in the running. If he wins, it will be the first for a translated novel. Tram 83 was originally written in French. The English translation was published in the US by Deep Vellum.

This year, it looks like experimental novels are getting all the love.  Tram 83 and The Story of Anna P, and, to some extent What Will People Say, are texts that push the boundaries on style, language, and form. They are not your typical realist or domestic fiction. They explore unconventional approaches to storytelling and, therefore, compel the audience to read differently.

As Wood puts it, “The shortlisted books challenge ready notions about new writing from Africa. They expand the field of literary engagement with themes of nationhood and the self. These are highly original voices whose works will charm and astonish new readers, through the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and deservedly so.”

Congrats to all Mujila, Busetto, and Rossouw! We wish you all best.

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.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Vol. 1 Brooklyn | Weekend Bites: Brandon Caro, Eileen Myles, Chip Zdarsky Interviewed, New Dark Blue Music, and More - 2015/12/26

    […] The shortlist for the Etisalat Prize for Literature has been announced. […]

Leave a Reply

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.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

Screen-Shot-2017-09-20-at-4.57.42-PM-e1505944728679 copy

Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]

New Website Collects Everything Binyavanga Wainaina Has Written Since the Late 1990s

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The […]

Opportunity for All Writers | Submit to Vanguard Literary Services’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Anthology

To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called […]

The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

igoni a. barrett

A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

okorafor comics

A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]

Redemption | Andrew Aondosoo Labe | Poetry

7019805185_c41d073551_o

A Pastor says the devil landed here in ‘77. His broken legs can be seen in the twin-rivers. Three-eyed demons […]