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James Currey Prize for African Literature Unveils 2023 Longlist Featuring 11 Authors

James Currey Prize for African Literature Unveils 2023 Longlist Featuring 11 Authors

James Currey Prize for African Literature 2023 shortlist Afrocritik

The stellar selection comprises stories that explore realities beyond the familiar, and leave readers awestruck.

By Helena Olori

The James Currey Prize for African Literature has unveiled its longlist for the 2023 edition of the prize, with 11 manuscripts selected from a pool of over 80 entries received from African novelists across East, West, Central and Southern parts of the continent.

The longlist features unpublished novels by authors from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Ghana, and Kenya, and they are as follows:

The Night Wing by Oluwaseun Beatrice Wende 

Kindred Beyond by Chidubem Iweka

Ominla by Olatobosun Taofeek

Akala by William Moor

Azogini by Chuks Iloegbunam

Girl Generation by Zainab Suleiman

A Dangerous Job for a Woman by Pat Brickhill

The Remnant by Tariro Ndoro

Black Fractures in Exile by Limpho Sechele

Bolga by Bus by G.A. Agambila

The Legend Beach House by Peter Njeri

(Read also: African writers, DK Nnuro and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, longlisted for the 2023 Centre for Fiction First Novel Prize)

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Speaking on the ingenuity of the writers’ works, Henry Akubuiro, who serves as the jury’s chair said, “The jury is impressed with the overall quality of entries recorded this year, a reflection of the diversity of Africa’s storytelling tradition.” He added, “The stories by these talented novelists pay witness to the postcolonial African condition, mystery and subaltern lives, told with flair and panache.” 

Akubuiro, who is longlisted for the 2023 NLNG Nigerian Prize for Literature, is joined by Nneoma Otuegbe, Tatiana Cassiano, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, Javier Gutierrez Lozano, Debbie Edwards and Masande Ntshanga, bringing in their wealth of experience as writers and editors to the selection process.

The 7-member judging panel, appointed by the World Arts Agency, will select a shortlist of 5 finalists, to be revealed on August 20th. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony of the James Currey Literary Festival in Oxford, scheduled to hold from September 1-3, 2023.

James Curry Prize for African Literature 2023 longlist Jury

(Read also: Nigerian novelist, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, longlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize)

Currently in its third year, the James Currey Prize for African Literature was established to recognise the finest unpublished fiction work written in English. It focuses on stories set in Africa or on Africans, within the continent or in the African Diaspora.

The winner of this year’s prize will receive a cash reward of £1,000, and the winning manuscript will be published by Abibiman Publishing UK.

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