The winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature will be announced at an award ceremony on March 19, 2016, the mobile phone company has said.
The three shortlisted authors for the coveted prize include Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first pan-African Prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers from African countries. Now in its third year, it is acknowledged as the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction.
The books of the three authors were selected from the longlist of nine. They include:
• Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo) – Tram 83 (Deep Vellum)
• Penny Busetto (South Africa) – The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself (Jacana Media)
• Rehana Rossouw (South Africa) – What Will People Say? (Jacana Media)
The winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature will receive £15,000 and an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen. The Prize also includes an Etisalat sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.
NoViolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature with her highly celebrated debut novel, We Need New Names, while Songeziwe Mahlangu emerged winner of the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature competition with his novel, Penumbra.