Etisalat Nigeria has called for entries for the 2015 Prize for Literature which is in its third edition. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first Pan African prize celebrating debut African writers of published fiction.
According to Matthew Willsher, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, “the Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talents out of the African continent.” While highlighting the following, he said the success of the second year concluded earlier this year paved way for the third year.
NoViolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature with her novel,We Need New Names, while Songeziwe Mahlangu emerged winner of the second year of the prize with his novel,Penumbra. The Etisalat prize is designed to foster writing in Africa, bring exciting new African writers to the attention of a wider audience, and promote the reading culture.
The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia under the mentorship of the award-winning author, Professor Giles Foden.
The winner will also receive a sponsored three-city book tour while the two other shortlisted writers will receive a sponsored two-city book tour to promote their books.