Jacqui L’Ange Shortlisted for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature
19 Apr 2017
Congratulations to PEN SA member Jacqui L’Ange, whose novel The Seed Thief has been shortlisted for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature. L’Ange has been shortlisted alongside two Nigerian authors, Jowhor Ile for And After Many Days and Julie Iromuanya for Mr & Mrs Doctor.
PEN SA member Elinor Sisulu is one of the judges of the Prize along with Helon Habila (Chair of Judges) and Edwige Renée Dro.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first pan-African Prize that celebrates debut African writers of published book-length fiction. It is open solely to debut fiction writers from African countries resident anywhere in the world. Now in its fourth year, it is acknowledged as the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction. The Etisalat Prize for Literature also incorporates an award for Flash Fiction, which is an online-based competition for non-published African writers of short stories.
The winner of the Prize receives £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen, an Etisalat sponsored book tour to three African countries as well an Etisalat-sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland. In addition, all the shortlisted writers will also enjoy a sponsored multi-city book tour while Etisalat will also purchase 1,000 copies of their books for distribution to schools, libraries and book clubs across Africa with the objective of promoting the reading culture and the publishing industry at large.
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