Aminta Dupuis

Aminta Dupuis wins Iskanchi Book Prize 2024

Aminta Dupuis was declared the winner of the inaugural Iskanchi Book Prize, a manuscript prize open to African writers, on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

Iskanchi Press and Magazine, founded by publisher, journalist, and writer Kenechi Uzor in 2020, has produced several literary magazine editions and numerous books. This year, the platform announced the Iskanchi Book Prize, a new initiative called to bring to light the best new writing from the continent. It was open to African writers and sought to honour outstanding prose and hybrid book manuscripts, offering the winner a publishing opportunity.

The shortlist for the new award was announced on Monday, May 6 before the winner was made public on June 8. The winner is:

  • The Child from Dindefello Falls, Aminta Dupuis (translated from French by Marybeth Timmermann)

Aminta Dupuis, is a literature professor, poet, and musician. Inspired by her own experiences of sorrow and outrage in the face of injustice, as well as wonder and admiration for the beauty of the African continent, she gives voice to the Senegalese people in the winning manuscript and offers Western readers a key for greater understanding and compassion toward their African brothers and sisters. Her first book, L’Initiation de Faust et de Parzival, La quête du Graal (2005) (English: The Initiation of Faust and Parzival, The Quest for the Grail), compares the initiation journeys of two fabled fictional characters in German literature, Faust and Parzival.

She receives the $1500 cash prize and her manuscript will be published in the Fall of 2025.

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