African Writers Awards: Organizers call for submission of entries

Faith Mutheu from Kenya receiving an award at the 2018 Awards

The African Writers Development Trust (AWDT) has announced a call for submissions for the 2019 African Writers Awards (AWA).

In a statement  by Anthony Onugba, Coordinator, African Writers Conference, emailed to Apex News, the African Writers Award is an integral part of the annual African Writers Conference.

The award is to deepen literary thought and creative writing in Africa.

Nahida Esmail from Tanzania receiving her award at the 2018 Awards

The statement quoted, head of media and publicity of AWDT, Namse Udosen, that it is expected that writers of Africa descent to send in their entries on or before May 31, 2019.

This year’s award has the theme, “Cultural stereotypes in African Literature: Rewriting the narrative for the 21st Century Reader.”

The organization is calling for poetry, short stories, flash fiction and children’s literature that address the theme.

 

The Chairperson of the ANA Abuja chapter receiving an award in recognition of her efforts towards the development of African literature

Regarding time when the longlist and shortlist will be published, Namse said, the longlist will be announced in July while the shortlist will be announced early August.

The awards will be presented at the 2019 African Writers Conference Dinner and Awards Night scheduled to hold in September this year. The venue, date and time will be communicated at a later date.

Namse further stated that the list of Judges will be published in May just before the deadline. He gave a hint that indicated that some of last year’s judges will make the list for this year. Those who are interested in the award are to visit http://africanwritersconference.com/awards to read the terms and conditions and upload their entries. The free registration to attend the conference is at http://africanwritersconference.com. Email info@africanwritersconference.com.

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