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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 Nnaemekaram is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator 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 cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he 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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