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The longlist for Rwanda’s 2016 Huza Press Prize for Fiction is out, and there are twenty writers on it. The short stories features are written in both English and French.

The US$1,000 Huza Press Prize, described by James Murua as “Rwanda’s most prestigious,” is in its second year and has on its roll call of sponsors organizations such as the Miles Morland Foundation and Parresia. Taiye Selasi and Jenifer Makumbi have also worked with the prize in the past.

It is Rwanda’s first literary award established to identify new literary talents and give them a platform to share their work with a larger audience. According to The Kigalian, the prize also provides publishing opportunities for shortlisted authors, whose work are collected in an anthology.

The 2015 co-winners of the Prize were Darla Rudakubana and Daniel Rafiki.

Congrats to all the longlisted writers. We wish them the best as they move on to the next round of the review process.

Below are the 2016 longlisted entries.

1. “Araje” – Landry Ndoli Subira.
2. “October” – Alfonsina Kayitesi.
3. “Alone in the Dark” – Rutwaza Ganza Leon Leandre.
4. “Nsekanabo’s Chase” – Joseph Njata.
5. “Beyond Repair” – Lucky Grace Isingizwe.
6. “Safe” – Dominique Uwase Alonga.
7. “Le Mariage de L’année” – Kalume Féfé.
8. “Spilled Beans” – Mutsinzi Eric.
9. “Three-Ringed Silver Ring” – Rwabahizi Arnaud.
10. “Inoni” – Denyse Umuhuza.
11. “L” – Jessy Mugisha.
12. “Tempted” – Ganza Moise.
13. “Another Boring Story” – Victor Kagimba.
14. “My Brother’s Keeper” – Shakila Kamatali Umutoni.
15. “Save the Children” – Lucky Grace Isingizwe.
16. “Sum of all Good Things” – Isaac Barclay.
17. “Confession” – Emmanuel Byishimo.
18. “Echoes of Love” – Raissa Kamaliza.
19. “Les Histoires Inédites de Ruganzu II Ndoli” – Jules Cesar Niyonkuru.
20. “Duexime Session” – Kalume Féfé.

 

 

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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