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Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014: Call for Entries

Genre : Prizes
Column : Literature
Published on : 25/06/2014

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Etisalat has announced the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature Call for Entries, the second edition of the much celebrated innovative literature prize launched in 2013. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first Pan African Literary Award to celebrate African fiction writers. It seeks to recognise, celebrate and reward debut fiction writers of African descent whose works are published in the last 24 months.

According to the Acting Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, "the Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talent out of the African continent and is the first prize with the novel concept of also promoting the growing publishing industry in Africa. The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia. The winner and shortlisted writers receive a sponsored two city tour promoting their books."

The acting CEO highlighted that following the success of the maiden edition last year, the literary community is eagerly awaiting this second edition. NoViolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature with her highly celebrated debut novel "We Need New Names". The Etisalat Prize accepts submitted books which must be a writer's first work of fiction of over 30,000 words, published in the last 24 months.

The Etisalat Prize will also launch the online based flash fiction prize later in the year to engage the rising stars of fiction.

Rules and guidelines for entry are available on www.etisalatprize.com

Entries close 8th of August 2014.

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