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Fred Khumalo and Hawa Jande Golakai are among the 20 writers shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship.

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Morland Writing Scholarships: 2019 Shortlist

The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarships.

We received nearly 700 entries this year, over 150 more than last year, with the standard going up alongside the numbers. It’s always a difficult task choosing the shortlist, but this year was particularly challenging. Although the list is decided on a combination of literary merit and the book proposal, we also, when deciding between submissions of equal merit, try to favour writers at an early stage in their careers over established writers. We are delighted established writers apply and we have given many scholarships to them but for them the bar is set a little higher.

Miles Morland commented, “What a talented group of people on this year’s shortlist. I’m glad I don’t have to choose who gets the Scholarships. As I said last year, I can’t think of anywhere else in the world that could produce a shortlist with such energy and originality. My only disappointment is that I’d like to see more of the humour and wit for which countries like Nigeria are famous but apart from that the shortlist has everything, an astonishing variety.”

The judges, with Muthoni Garland in the chair, assisted by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Otosirieze Obi-Young, will meet on 21 November to select the 2019 Scholars. Their names will be announced shortly afterwards.

The 2019 shortlist is as follows:

  • Siyanda Mohutsiwa – Botswana
  • Elinam Agbo – Ghana
  • Cheryl Ntumy – Ghana
  • Cherrie Kandie – Kenya
  • Parselelo Kantai – Kenya
  • Irene Ndiritu – Kenya
  • Gloria Odari – Kenya
  • Hawa Jande Golakai – Liberia
  • Eromo Egbejule – Nigeria
  • Nnamdi Oguike – Nigeria
  • Olalekan Olanrewaju – Nigeria
  • Toni Kan Onwordi – Nigeria
  • Adeola Salau – Nigeria
  • Zainub Dala – South Africa
  • Dela Gwala – South Africa
  • Mishka Hoosen – South Africa
  • Fred Khumalo – South Africa
  • Lindokuhle Nkosi – South Africa
  • Tsholofelo Wesi – South Africa
  • Farai Mudzingwa – Zimbabwe

If you have any questions, please contact Mathilda Edwards on: ml@milesmorlandfoundation.com.

 

Note: The shortlist is selected by the Miles Morland Foundation and a team of anonymous readers. The winners are selected by the judges. 

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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