There was a strong critique of the NLNG Prize for Literature in NEXT newspaper over the weekend.
We agree with most of it. In our view as publishers, the aim and structure of literary prizes such as the NLNG’s should be to sustainably advance the writing career of an author, and to support sales of his or her work, not just reward the writer with a huge sum of money (very huge, in this case). In an environment like Nigeria where there is virtually no distribution for books, the work of the prize may have to include helping to get the books out to the reading public, such as through sponsored book tours.
Read the review here and send in your comments.