Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Are you an African author writing children's books?

The Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa is a biennial competition devoted to previously unpublished works of fiction by African writers, and aims to promote and celebrate story writing from all over the continent.

The prize is sponsored by Macmillan Education and focuses on the reading interests of children and young people. There are two awards for children’s literature and teenage fiction and an additional award for the best new children’s writer.

Entrants may select freely from themes that they consider to be of interest and value to their intended readership but all stories should have a strong African flavour. The judges will assess each entry on the depth and originality of the work, the quality of the writing and the story’s appeal to its audience.

The competition is open to all nationals or naturalized citizens of countries throughout Africa and to those born in those countries.

The winners of the 2007/08 Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa and Macmillan Children’s Illustrator Award will be announced in January 2008. Shortlisted entries for the Writer's Prize awards have been announced.

More details here.
HT: Teresa Jolly Holt

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