Brittle Paper Awards Release List Of Winners
The Brittle Paper Awards targets the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. It began in 2017 to mark its seventh anniversary. The $1,100 cash prize is spread across five categories which reflect its efforts to capture the range and variations of literary dialogue on the continent: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces ($200), and the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award ($300) for writing published on its blog.
The 2017 edition shortlisted 48 pieces, and the winners were: South African memoirist Sisonke Msimang for Essays & Think Pieces, Liberian novelist Hawa Jande Golakai for Creative Nonfiction, Nigerian poet JK Anowe for Poetry, South African writer Megan Ross for Fiction, and Nigerian poet Chibuihe Obi for the Anniversary Award.
For the 2018 Awards,a call was made for nominations, for works published between 31 July 2017 and 31 August 2018 and available for free online—available to be engaged with. Attention was paid to works that inspired readers to rethink their assumptions about African writing. Some of its picks have been read and shared widely on social media. All have kindled important conversations and debates or have identified and built on areas still under-explored.
Here are the winners of the five categories.
THE BRITTLE PAPER AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION ($200)
THE BRITTLE PAPER AWARD FOR POETRY ($200)
THE BRITTLE PAPER AWARD FOR FICTION ($200)
THE BRITTLE PAPER AWARD FOR ESSAYS & THINK PIECES ($200)
THE BRITTLE PAPER ANNIVERSARY AWARD ($300)
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