The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature

The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature

The Board of Trustees for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa has announced the call for entries to the fourth edition of the prize.

Full story at The Nigerian Voice

“According to Mrs. Frascesca Emmanuel, who chairs Lumina Foundations, organizers of the prize, entries will close on October 1, 2011. On June 1, 2012, the longlist will be announced, to be followed up on June 25 with the announcement of the shortlist. The winner of the prize will be made public at an award night in Lagos on July 6. Interested writers wishing to participate in the prize are advised to visit the Lumina Foundation website for details.

The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa was established in 2005 as a biennial award to the best literary work produced by an African. It assesses works by African authors published within the two years preceding the award year.

‘It is intended to serve as an African equivalent of the Nobel Prize, and also to recognize and encourage professional and personal excellence,’ says the organizers. The prize is awarded with a monetary value of US $20,000 (twenty thousand dollars), and the winner is decided by a panel of judges made up of eminent scholars, including Professor Olu Obafemi, former ANA president.”


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