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Submissions have begun for the 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2018.

The African Literature Association (ALA) is the official organization for scholars of African literature—a global community of thinkers, teachers, researchers, and writers interested in the idea and study of African literature in all its diverse forms.

The awards has three categories—the First Book Award, the Book of the Year for Creative Writing, and the Book of the Year for Scholarship.

In order to be eligible for the awards, authors must be members of ALA. Click HERE for more information on how to become a member.

See below for the list of awards and how to nominate an author.

African Literature Association (ALA) Book of the Year Award—Creative Writing 

For an outstanding book of African literature, whether novel, non-fiction prose, play, or poetry collection, published in the preceding calendar year (2017) by an African writer. Authors must be current members of the ALA.

To make nominations, authors or their publishers are to send an author bio, a one-page book description, and 5 copies of the book to:

James McCorkle, Africana Studies

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

300 Pulteney Street

Geneva, NY 14456

mccorkle@hws.edu

African Literature Association (ALA) Book of the Year Award—Scholarship 

For an outstanding book in African literary studies published in the preceding calendar year (2017). Authors must be current members of the ALA. Book must be published by a reputable peer-reviewed press.

To make nominations, authors or their publishers are to send an author bio, a one-page book description, and 5 copies of the book to:

James McCorkle, Africana Studies

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

300 Pulteney Street

Geneva, NY 14456

mccorkle@hws.edu

African Literature Association (ALA) First Book Award—Scholarship 

For an outstanding book in African literary studies, which is the first book by the author, and published in the preceding calendar year (2017). Authors must be current members of the ALA. Book must be published by a reputable peer-reviewed press.

To make nominations, authors or their publishers are to send an author bio, a one-page book description, and 5 copies of the book to:

James McCorkle, Africana Studies

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

300 Pulteney Street

Geneva, NY 14456

mccorkle@hws.edu

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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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