Etisalat Prize for Literature
Course(s) Offered: Literature
Course Level: Prize contest
Provider: Etisalat Nigeria
Country to Write in: Anywhere in the world
Etisalat Nigeria has announced its call for entries into the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the fourth edition of the much celebrated innovative literature prize launched in 2013. [In 2014, the Prize also launched the online based flash fiction prize to engage the rising stars of fiction. Read more about the Etisalat Flash Fiction Award.]
The Etisalat Prize for Literature which is the first Pan African Literary Award to celebrate African fiction writers seeks to recognise, celebrate and reward debut fiction writers of African descent whose works are published in the last 24 months. The prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.
It attracts high profile writers, book critics and academics from across the continent and beyond. Authors and publishing houses from countries worldwide, if eligible, are invited to apply.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature celebrates 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.
Authors and their publishers can be based anywhere in the world.
Criteria for Entry:
- Submissions will only be accepted from publishing houses.
- All books entered must have a registered ISBN number or equivalent.
- Entries by new writers must be published within the last 24 months before submission
- Entries for fiction books will be submitted by publishers who have published a minimum of six (6) authors.
- Publisher should have been a registered business (with certificate of incorporation as a publisher) for minimum of six years
- 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
This is a one time award prize
The winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature receives cash prize of £15,000, and a high end device. In line with its 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.
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
Fill and download application form from the official website here. Completing the form signifies acceptance of Etisalat's terms and conditions. The application form should be submitted along with seven (7) copies of the submitted book to Etisalat Nigeria at this contact address.
It is important to visit the official website for complete information on this award.
Entries open from June 1 to Aug 31, 2016
The Etisalat Prize has also launched the online based flash fiction prize in 2014 to engage the rising stars of fiction. To read more about this, see the Etisalat Flash Fiction Award.
Etisalat Nigeria is one of the major mobile telecommunications service providers in Nigeria. Established in 2008, the network has since grown in leaps and bounds, and currently holds 15% of the market share with over 15 million subscribers.
Etisalat Nigeria is one of the 15 operations of the Etisalat Group that spans across Africa, Middle East and Asia serving over 150 million subscribers; and it is committed to delivering innovative and quality services to its growing subscribers.
Application Deadline: 31 August 2016
Open to International students: Yes (ONLY Africans)
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