Alfoi Renato Bernardo Firme receives award from Marina Morgado. Photo/Adelium Castelo

Alfoi Renato Bernardo Firme wins Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2024

Alfoi Renato Bernardo Firme was declared the winner of Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2024 in Maputo, Mozambique on Thursday, July 4, 2024.

The Carlos Morgado Foundation has been running initiatives in health, education, sports, and other areas of sustainable development in honour of the late Mozambican freedom fighter, entrepreneur, and politician Carlos Morgado. The latest of these is Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado (English: Carlos Morgado Literary Prize) in conjunction with Catalogus, a platform for Mozambican authors. It was created to discover and project new voices from Mozambican literature in the short story genre. It is aimed at Mozambican citizens residing in and outside the country aged no more than 35 years with no work published in newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, digital or printed anthologies. The first winner was Francisco Panguana Júnior.

The jury for 2024 comprised writer Virgília Ferrão, writer and theatre professional Rogério Manjate, and Marina Morgado the widow of Carlos Morgado. The regional team on the jury were Hélder Faife (south), Dany Wambire (centre), and Marieta Namakoma (north). They announced the semi-finalists for the second edition on Friday, May 31.

Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2024 semi finalists. Photo/Adelium Castelo
Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2024 semi finalists. Photo/Adelium Castelo

Alfoi Renato Bernardo Firme was conferred his award by Marina Morgado at a ceremony at Instituto Guimarães Rosa, Maputo on Thursday. The semi-finalists were also officially presented at the event. Firme receives a cash prize of 50,000.00 MT (Fifty Thousand Meticais) while the remaining 9 finalists will each receive a cash prize of 5,000.00 MT (Five Thousand Meticais). They will also each feature in an anthology with the 10 finalist stories.

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