There has been a burst of literary activities in Cameroon thanks to the amazing work done by platforms like Bakwa Magazine.
A few months ago, Bakwa launched a short story prize designed to “celebrate emerging writers from Cameroon.” Entrants were encouraged to explore a diversity of literary forms including but not limited to fantasy, sci-fi, romance, political allegory, and so on. [read here if you missed it].
We are delighted to announce that Bengono Essola Edouard emerged winner of the prize for his short story titled “De Passion et d’Encre.” The win comes with a cash prize of about $160 dollars.
The magazine had, in December, released a shortlist of four, including the winning entry: “Bad Lake” by Nkiacha Atemnkeng, “Brrrrrrrrr” by A. Bouna Guazong, and “Scrap Hunters” by Dipita Kwa.
The prize judges were Jean-Claude Awono, Donna Forbin, Babila Mutia, Edwige-Renée Dro, and Dr. Madhu Krishnan.
The winner was announced on February 27 during a lovely event where shortlisted writers read their stories and fielded questions from the audience.
Congrats to Edouard!
Here are photos from the event.