Started by Professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Dr. Lizzy Attree in 2014, the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature is a joint effort between Cornell University and Mabati Rolling Mills. It is awarded to the best unpublished manuscripts or books in Kiswahili published within two years of the award. Poetry, fiction, memoirs and graphic novels … Continue reading Literary prizes in Kenya: Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature
Description The prize aims to nurture and promote creativity in Kiswahili. It was started in 2015 by the French Embassy, Spotlight Publishers and the Nation Media Group. The winning submission gets a million shillings, is published by Spotlight Publishers and is translated into French for publication in France. The first and second runners up are … Continue reading LITERARY PRIZES IN KENYA: UBUNIFU PRIZE FOR KISWAHILI LITERATURE
Description Sponsored by CODE and made possible by the generosity of William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Award addresses an ongoing shortage of relevant, quality books for young people while promoting a love of reading and learning at the upper primary and secondary school levels. Launched in Tanzania in 2008, it … Continue reading LITERARY PRIZES IN KENYA: BURT AWARD FOR AFRICAN YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Ama Ata Aidoo It has been a year since I was a nominee for the prize above. Allow me to take you through the mind of a nominee for the same. When your name makes the shortlist you hit cloud nine. Holy moly, you’re in the papers! Congratulatory messages fly back and forth. You ask … Continue reading The pains of being a Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize nominee.