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Submissions are open for the 2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize.

The prize is an initiative of Wasfiri magazine. It was founded in 2009 “to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background.” It is open “to anyone who has not published a complete book in the category entered.” Submissions are welcome in three categories: fiction, poetry, and life writing.

The winner in each category will be awarded £300 and their work will be published in the magazine.

Here are the basics:

Simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 14 July 2017.

Please click here to download an entry form, or email wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk. Only entries with an accompanying entry form will be accepted.

The 2009 Fiction Prize was won by Ola Awonubi whom we have published, while 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner Akwaeke Emezi and 2016 Miles Morland Scholarship shortlistee Koye Oyedeji were shortlisted for the 2015 Fiction Prize.

Here is the 2017 judging panel.

Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair): Founding Editor of Wasafiri and Emeritus Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University.

Sabrina Mahfouz: Award-winning poet, playwright and screenwriter and former Sky Arts Scholar for Poetry. Mahfouz’s work has been performed in the UK and the US.

Andrea Stuart: Writer and historian, author of Showgirls which was adapted for stage and screen, and the award-winning The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon’s Josephine.

Boyd Tonkin: World renowned writer and journalist, currently Writer and Art Critic at The Independent and Chair of the Man Booker Prize.

Find out more on Wasafiri‘s Website.

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Please Note: Brittle Paper is not responsible for the organization or further promotion of this prize, neither do we have a stake in its popularity.

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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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