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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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. 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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