The “Etisalat Prize for Literature” — not to be confused with the million-dirham Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature — launches this year, calling itself “first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books”:
Submitted works must be the writer’s first novel of over 30,000 words and must have been published within the twenty-four months previous to the call to entry. They also must be written originally in English: No translations are eligible.
Authors and their publishers can be based anywhere in the world, but the authors must have African citizenship and publishers can’t be start-ups: They must have brought out works by at least 10 authors.
However, books can also be called in by the judges.
The winner will receive £15,000 and a sponsored book tour of three African cities. The three shortlisted writers will get a two-city book tour.
The prize further promises to buy 1,000 copies of each of the shortlisted books and donate them to various schools and libraries. Complete guidelines can be found on Etisalat’s website.
|Call to Entry||5th June 2013|
|Entry Deadline||30th August 2013|
|Longlist announced||November 2013|
|Shortlist announced||January 2013|
|Winner announced||February 2014|
The prize can be followed on Twitter at @etisalatreads and on Facebook at facebook.com/etisalatreads.