Call for Entries for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Etisalat Nigeria, today announced the call for entries for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the second edition of the much celebrated innovative literature prize launched in 2013. The Etisalat Prize for Literature which is the first Pan African Literary Award to celebrate African fiction writers seeks to recognise, celebrate and reward debut fiction writers of African descent whose works are published in the last 24 months.

According to the Acting Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, “the Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talent out of the African continent and is the first prize with the novel concept of also promoting the growing publishing industry in Africa. The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia. The winner and shortlisted writers receive a sponsored two-city tour promoting their books.”

The acting CEO highlighted that following the success of the maiden edition last year, the literary community is eagerly awaiting this second edition. NoViolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature with her highly celebrated debut novel “We Need New Names”. The Etisalat Prize accepts submitted works which must be a writer’s first work of fiction over 30,000 words, which has been published in the last 24 months. The Etisalat Prize will also launch the online based flash fiction prize later in the year to engage the rising stars of fiction.

A Press Conference will be held in Lagos, in June, to announce the panel of judges for this year’s competition. Rules and guidelines for entry are available on www.etisalatprize.com

Entries close 8th of August 2014.

Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop Alum Onyinye Ihezukwu (Class of 2009) Wins Heinfield Prize

Onyinye Ihezukwu, an alumnus of the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop has been announced the 2014 winner of the Heinfield Prize, University of Virginia. The $10,000 Heinfield Prize is an endowment of the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation and is offered by several universities, The University of Virginia is one of these, to one of its graduate students in creative writing.

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Onyinye was one of the stand-out participants in the 2009 edition of our workshop and we are very glad that she has won this keenly contested prize. She is in great company; well-known recipients include Jonathan Ames, Ethan Canin, Jennifer Coke, Harriet Doerr, Sue Miller, A.M. Homes, Walter Mosley, Ann Patchett and Mona Simpson.

Entries for the 2014 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop are still being accepted. Send in your applications to udonandu2014@gmail.com. See previous posts on this blog for application guidelines.

The 2014 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

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Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organised by award winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from August 12 to August 22 2014.

The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc.

The Caine Prize winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie. The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling.

Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted. All material must be pasted or written in the body of the e-mail. Please, Do NOT include any attachments in your e-mail. Applications with attachments will be automatically disqualified.

Deadline for submission is JUNE 30 2014. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by JULY 22 2014. Accommodation in Lagos will be provided for all accepted applicants who are able to attend for the ten-day duration of the workshop. A literary evening of readings, open to the public, will be held at the end of the workshop on August 22 2014.

To apply, send an e-mail to udonandu2014@gmail.com

Your e-mail subject should read ‘Workshop Application

The body of the e-mail should contain the following:
1.Your Name
2.Your Address
3.A few sentences about yourself
4.A writing sample of between 200 and 800 words. The sample may be either fiction or non-fiction.

 

Update. This post has been edited to correct the change in dates for the workshop. Originally slated to start on August the 5, they have been moved by circumstances beyond the organiser’s control to August the 12th 2014. Accordingly, the Literary Evening will hold on the 22nd of August 2014.

Americanah Wins National Books Critics Circle Fiction Prize 2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s first novel was longlisted for the Man Booker prize; her second, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange prize. Now her third, the acclaimed Americanah, has beaten Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch to win the Nigerian author one of most prestigious literary prizes in the US, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) award.

“Adichie’s story of a Nigerian blogger who returns to her home country from the US to meet the man who was her childhood sweetheart was much-praised in the UK; the Guardian called it “impressive [and] subtle, but not afraid to pull its punches”; the Telegraph said it was “a brilliant exploration of being African in America”. Now the NBCC awards – the only US prize judged by critics – has also chosen to honour the novel, on Thursday announcing the “love story, immigrant’s tale and acute snapshot of our times” as the winner of its best novel prize, ahead of The Goldfinch, Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, Javiar Marías’s The Infatuations and Alice McDermott’s Someone.” Read More . . .Image 

Culled from The Guardian

Special Farafina Commemorative Edition of Half of a Yellow Sun with Film Tie-in Cover

As you all know, our film division partnered with Slate Films amongst others to bring this Nigerian epic to the silverscreen. Biyi Bandele directed. Chiwetel and Thandie starred. Anika, Onyeka, Genevieve, OC Ukeje, and many of Nollywood’s finest put in appearances.

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In honour of their efforts, Farafina will release a commemorative edition of Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. It will feature a film tie-in cover. And it will be released to stores on March 14th 2014.

A little birdy tells Farafina that the wait for the film is almost over *cough* Early April *wheeze*. So we will see you at the cinema; but first read the book again. Refresh your memory.

Farafina urges you to download these images of the book above and make it your desktop wallpaper

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A word to our trade partners and merchants: these are the only covers of the book available.To pre-order copies of the book, send email to orders@kachifo.com. Fight piracy. Buy the original.

Coming soon: Are We The Turning Point Generation. A Collection of Essays by Chude Jideonwo

Coming soon from our Kamsi imprint, Chude Jideonwo creates a tour de force of carefully laid out arguments in his witty conversational style.

Release date May 2014

Release date May 2014

Why do many Nigerian leaders ‘change’ once in office? Will the present generation of Nigerians do any better than its predecessors? Was Occupy Nigeria indeed a failure? Do we need a ‘Nigerian Dream’? Is ‘One Nigeria’ really worth it? These and many other difficult questions are raised in this thought provoking collection of essays on the paradox that is Nigeria.

Written with the keenness of youth but earnest and wise beyond its years, Are We the Turning Point Generation will resonate with young Nigerians while remaining relatable to previous generations. This book embodies the voice of a new breed of Nigerians willing to take a stand and do things differently. This collection of essays promises to inspire a new way of thinking, posing a challenge to Nigerians, young and old, to ‘pick a spot, and start digging’!