Course(s) Offered: Literature, Writing
Course Level: All levels
Provider: Etisalat Nigeria
Country to Write in: Anywhere in the world
As though to calm the frayed nerves of many lovers of African fiction and fill up the vacuum created by the recent death of legendary writer, Prof. Chinua Achebe; Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, a leading telecoms giant in Africa, Etisalat Nigeria, has now initiated a prize aimed to recognise and celebrate members of the African literary community.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. The prize will bring together high profile writers, book critics and academics from across the continent and beyond to identify new writers of African descent.
The prize, launched in line with the company's vision of promoting passions, nurturing talent and providing a platform for communicating ideas, will serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent across the African continent, for bringing much needed awareness and acclaim to the art of Fiction writing, to applaud and reward new writers while encouraging further participation and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.
Etisalat Nigeria just recently announced the first edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature at an opening ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.
The prize accepts submissions from writers of African citizenship. It is specifically directed at first time writers of published novels.
Criteria for Entry:
- Submissions will only be accepted from publishing houses.
- All books entered must have a registered ISBN number or equivalent.
- Entries for fiction books will be submitted by publishers who have published a minimum of ten (10) authors.
- Each publisher will be allowed to enter a maximum of three (3) books – however books maybe called in by the judges.
- Each entry will be required to be accompanied by Seven (7) copies of the book being entered along with acceptance of publicity terms.
- The Etisalat Prize for Literature is not open to employees of any organisation under Emirates Telecommunications Corporation with branded trade name Etisalat.
Citizens of any African country
All publishing houses across the world (with literary works from new writers of African descent)
Fields of study
Literature and fiction writing
Number of awards
Two (2) winners will emerge
This is a one time award prize
The prize shall be awarded in two categories: for the best full-length debut novel of a minimum of 30,000 words published in English in the last 24 months; and for the best flash fiction work of less than 300 words (also in English).
Winner in the 1st category will get £15,000 cash prize, a Samsung Galaxy Note or iPad, Etisalat-sponsored book tour (book reading/signing) in three major cities, a scholarship/fellowship at University of East Anglia and an Etisalat-engraved Montblanc Pen.
Winner in the 2nd category shall receive £1,000 cash prize, a Samsung Galaxy Note or iPad and an e-book promoted online and via SMS.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature will celebrate new writers of African citizenship whose first fiction book (over 30,000 words) was published in the last twenty four (24) months. For the purposes of this definition, first book means first printed production in book form of any type or genre. Authors and their publishers can be based anywhere in the world. An online Flash Fiction Prize will be launched later in the year driven entirely by social media – more information on this will be made available on the official website (see link to it below).
The winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature receives £15,000, a Samsung Galaxy Note and a Montblanc Meisterstuck. In line with the vision of promoting upcoming writers, Etisalat will sponsor a book tour to three African cities. The winning writer will also embark on the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden (author of The Last King of Scotland) which will include significant opportunities to meet other writers, publishers and most importantly work on their second book. Shortlisted writers will win a Samsung Galaxy Note and also go on a book tour to two major African cities.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is unique in that it also aims to promote the publishing industry at large and will therefore purchase 1000 copies of all shortlisted books which will be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the African continent.
Method of Application
Applications will be accepted via post only. Please complete the attached entry form signifying acceptance of Etisalat's terms and conditions.
Download the 2013 entry form here.
The application form should be submitted along with seven (7) copies of the submitted book to the following address:
Etisalat Prize for Literature
Plot 19, Zone L
Entries for the Fiction Novel category opened on 5th of June to publishers who have published a minimum of five authors in the last three years.
Entries fulfilling the criteria listed below will be accepted until the 30th August 2013
- The book was first published between 01 May 2011 and May 31 2013
- The book was first published in English and by an author of African citizenship
Call to Entry – 5th June 2013
Entry Deadline – 30th August 2013
Longlist announced – November 2013
Shortlist announced – January 2013
Winner announced – February 2014
All shortlisted and winning authors will cooperate fully with Etisalat corporate communications, making themselves available for interviews, events and other opportunities where possible.
Entries by non-African based publishers will require a co-publisher partnership with an African based publisher should any entries be shortlisted
Application Deadline: 30 August 2013
Open to International students: Yes (ONLY Africans)
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