Macmillan is delighted to announce the start
of the fourth Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa, the only literary prize awarded
to writers of unpublished African children's literature. The competition is open
to entrants from all countries in Africa.
Previous prize winners
have had their entries published and promoted by Macmillan throughout Africa;
winning and shortlisted entries have come from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda,
Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zambia to date, and there have been a number of
strong contenders from other African countries. Here are comments from two competitors:
"Even though I didn't win, I was greatly encouraged to learn that
my entry was nominated as one of the best from my country. I will definitely try
again next time."
"I've enjoyed reading some of the published
winners. It has helped me to be more aware of my own writing, and to think more
carefully about writing for children."
Following the successful
launch of the Macmillan Children's Illustrator Award in 2005, Macmillan is pleased
to be running this competition a second time, in recognition of the importance
of pictures in African children's books.
Macmillan Education is
sponsoring both prizes with the following awards. Macmillan will also offer publication
for the winning stories:
an original, unpublished story in English of not more than 10,000 words written
for children in the 8-12 age range
Prize value US$5,000
For an original, unpublished story in English between 14,000
and 20,000 words, written for young people between the ages of 13 and 17 years.
New Children's Writer Award
and original story in either the junior or senior category by a previously unpublished
Prize Value US$3,000
For an illustration based on one of the texts detailed
in the competitor's pack.
Prize value US$1,000
closing date for all entries is 30 June 2007.
the Writer's Prize will be evaluated by an independent panel of four judges who
are prominent writers: Meshack Asare, Jamila Gavin, Jack Mapanje and Helen Oyeyemi.
The shortlist will be announced in November 2007 and the prize winners will be
announced in January 2008. There will be a special awards ceremony later in the
year to celebrate the publication of the winning stories.
entry for the Illustrator's Award will be displayed as part of the Writer's Award
ceremony. Macmillan will enter into separate discussions with the winning illustrator
regarding further assignments in children's book illustration for Africa.
Competitors' packs with full information and entry
forms can be obtained FREE from local Macmillan offices or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please contact:
Between Towns Road
Macmillan South Africa
PO Box 32484
011 731 3330 (Fax) 011 731 3552
(Press release: 8th January 2007)