Etisalat has announced its call for entries to the 2016 edition of the Pan-African Prize, Etisalat Prize for Literature.
This is coming just a few months after Fiston Mwanza Mujila of Democratic Republic of Congo won the 2015 edition of the Prize with his first novel, Tram 83.
Matthew Willsher, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, who announced this in Lagos also announced the Judging Panel for the 2016 Etisalat Prize. The panel comprises Helon Habila, a Nigerian novelist and poet, as the Chair of Judges; Elinor Sisulu, South African writer and Edwige Rene Dro, activist and Ivorian writer, as members.
While speaking about the uniqueness of the Etisalat Prize, Wilsher says that it is designed to serve as a leading platform for the discovery and encouraging of creative writing talents as well as the celebration of literary arts by African writers.
“We are delighted to champion the cause for celebrating the richness and strength of African literature. Etisalat Prize for Literature is about discovering and bringing to the world stage the many creative talent Africa boasts of. The Etisalat Prize is about creativity, excellence, empowerment and reward; it is about celebrating our African diversity in very innovative ways through various forms of art, literature being one of them,” Willsher says.
The Etisalat Nigeria CEO added that only books by debutant writers published not later than 24 months before submission, will qualify for entry. “They must also be by registered publishing houses not less than six years as incorporated publishers with registered ISBN Number or the equivalent, and who must have published a minimum of six authors. All entries should be accompanied by seven copies of the book entered along with an acceptance of our publicity terms. A publisher may submit a maximum of three books. The rules and guidelines for entry are available at Prize.Etisalat.com.ng,” he said.