Saraba Manuscript Prize

In August 2015, Saraba Magazine called upon Nigerian writers in Nigeria and all over the world to submit their completed fiction or non-fiction manuscripts for the Saraba Manuscript Prize.

Two weeks ago, the judges for the fiction category – Rotimi Babatunde, Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi, and Eghosa Imasuen – released a shortlist (from a longlist of ten) and announced the winner.

Eboka Chukwudi Peter, 2016 Writivism Workshop participant, emerged winner for his manuscript, Mosaic: Stitches of Stories Lived, Stories Learned and Stories Told.

Here is what Rotimi says about the longlist:

“The stylistic variety of the ten works longlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Prize, as well as their diversity in matters of theme and setting, is refreshing. Noteworthy in their different ways, the works collectively communicate the impressive creative energies powering the practice of rising voices in new Nigerian fiction. The longlist confirms the abundance of literary potential yet untapped by publishing in Nigeria. We hope that all the manuscripts, including the ones that did not make the shortlist, will find a home in the hearts of readers in Nigeria and around the world…”

In praising the winner’s work, Rotimi continues:

“The Saraba Manuscript Prize goes to Eboka Chukwudi Peter for his visceral excavations of the subterranean anguish of contemporary life using sinuous, prehensile prose that opens up new aesthetic possibilities in Nigerian fiction.”

The four other shortlisted writers and their manuscripts are:

Hajara Hussaini Ashara, 1994

Amarachi Priscilla Ekekwe, Beyond the Beautiful Sea

Ebelechukwu Ijeoma Mogo, IJBG and ​Other ​S​tories

TJ Benson, We Won’t Fade into Darkness

By 2017, all shortlisted writers will be authors as they get a publishing deal from Saraba Literary Trust, including 100,000 naira advance against royalties. Added to this is an award of 100,000 naira to the winning author!

On how he feels being on the shortlist, TJ Benson says “I’m excited about it. It has given me and four other fresh voices a platform”

Saraba Magazine adds “Our goal with the Manuscript Project is to encourage and promote long-form writing by emerging writers, working in fiction and nonfiction. Up to ten manuscripts will be published in print and electronic form. Seed funding for the project was received from the Miles Morland Foundation.”

While we await results from the nonfiction category, we are happy for our friends at Saraba Magazine for this huge step and hope that many of such opportunities are made available for young writers in Nigeria.

Congratulations to the winners!

Source: Saraba Mag

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