Etisalat Nigeria, today announced the call to entry for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the second edition of the much celebrated innovative literature prize launched in 2013.
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 within the last 24 months.
Matthew Willsher, acting Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria said that the Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talent out of the African continent and it 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 also 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 works which must be a writer’s first work of fiction over 30,000 words, which has been 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.
A Press Conference will be held in Lagos, in June, to announce the panel of judges for this year’s competition.