Twenty writers have been shortlisted for the Huza Press/Goethe Institut Writing Residency.

The residency, in its inaugural year, is open to writers seeking to complete or make significant progress on a novel manuscript. The 2021 edition is themed “Writing Gender.”

The twenty shortlisted writers, selected from nearly a hundred submissions, are split in two categories- ten each for African and German-speaking writers. One writer will be selected from each category and hosted in Kigali to work on a novel manuscript in September.

Huza Press is one of Rwanda’s leading literary institutions. This initiative will provide African writers the space and support to develop their work.

See the full shortlist below;


  • Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
  • Cherrie Kandie
  • Doreen Anyango
  • Eugene Yakubu
  • Lauri Kubuitsile
  • Maryam Kazeem
  • Munira Hussein
  • Precious Colette Kemigisha
  • Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu
  • Tj Benson


  • Ann Esswein
  • Chrizzi Heinen
  • Dominik Wendland
  • Julia Jost
  • Katharina Bendixen
  • Kevin Junk
  • Nannina Matz
  • Sarah Kessler
  • Sebastian Stuertz

Congratulations to the writers.