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Writers Award: Call for entries


The art of writing

In its bid to deepen literary thought and creative writing in Africa, the African Writers Development Trust (AWDT) has announced a ‘call for submissions’ for the 2019 African Writers Awards (AWA). The African Writers Award is an integral part of the yearly African Writers Conference.

This year’s award is based on the theme, Cultural stereotypes in African Literature: Rewriting the narrative for the 21st Century Reader. The organisation is calling for poetry, short stories, flash fiction and children’s literature that address the theme.

According to Namse Udosen, head of media and publicity, “we expect writers of Africa descent to send in their entries on or before May 31, 2019.”

Regarding when the longlist and shortlist will be published, Namse said, “the longlist will be announced in July while the unveiling of shortlist is early August. Four writers of African descent will win prestigious awards.

The awards will be presented at the 2019 African Writers Conference Dinner and Awards Night scheduled to hold in September this year. The venue, date and time will be communicated at a later date.”

Namse further stated that the list of judges would be published in May just before the deadline. He gave a hint that indicated that some of last year’s judges would make the list of judges for this year. Those who are interested in the award are to visit to read the terms and conditions and upload their entries. The free registration to attend the conference is at

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