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Wole Soyinka Prize For African Literature Calls For Entries

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The Lumina Foundation has announced the
call for entry for the Wole Soyinka Prize for
Literature in Africa 2016. Only published
poetry collection by a single author of African
descent will be eligible for this prize. Submit
10 copies of each work with the author’s
résumé and coloured photo (portrait) as well
as the publisher’s full contact details which
include emails and telephone numbers.
Only poetry collections published in 2013,
2014 and 2015 may be entered for this prize.
Submission can only be made by publishers.
Please visit www.theluminafoundation.org for
further details on entry rules. Entries should
be submitted to The Lumina Office, 19
University of Lagos Road, Yaba Lagos. P.O.
Box 3165, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.
Entry closes on December 31, 2015.
The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa
is the biggest bi-annual literary prize on the
continent of Africa for its writers within and
beyond. It is administered by The Lumina
Foundation based in Lagos with an office in
Accra. It comes with a cash of $20,000, the
prize symbol and medal at an evening
ceremony of presentation normally given by
Professor Soyinka himself in Lagos or any
selected city in Africa.
Previous prize winners include Sefi Atta, Nnedi
Okoroafor, Kopalno Maltwa, Wale Okediran,
Sifiso Mzobe and Akin Bello.
Jury for 2016-2018 include Margaret Busby, a
revered literary figure who had at various
times judged the Man Booker Prize, Orange
Prize and Cain Prize among others. Toyin
Falola, a professor of History at University of
Texas, Austin and President of African Studies
Association, U.S, Elleke Boehmer, a professor
of World Literature in English at University of
Oxford Faculty of English language, judge of
Man Booker International Prize, and Olu
Obafemi, a professor of English Dramatic
Literature at University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

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