Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards

Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards 2023 longlists announced

The longlists for Namibia’s Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards 2023 were announced in Windhoek on Friday, September 8, 2023.

The Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards was introduced to the African literary community in 2021 by Doek. The first winners of the bi-annual awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry were Ndawedwa Denga Hanghuwo, Natasha Uys, and Pauline Buhle Ndhlovu.

The jury for 2023 comprising Dr Nelson Mlambo and Natasha Uys (Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry) as well as Namafu Amutse (Visual Arts) was made public on July 6. The jury has announced its longlist that includes;


  • Charmaine //Gamxamus: Misdirection (Issue 9: September, 2022)
  • Emmerita Ambata: The Seasons Of Beatrice And Katherine (Issue 10: May, 2023)
  • Roxane Bayer: Letters To Chloe (Issue 7: November, 2021)
  • Kay-Leigh De Sousa: Jacob’s Technicolour Taxi (Issue 10: May, 2022)
  • Karin Eloff: One Man’s Trash (Issue 9: September, 2022)
  • Maria Iita: Where Do I Start? (Issue 11: September, 2023)
  • Filemon Iiyambo: Their Mother’s Words (Issue 10: May, 2023)
  • Delila Katanga: Vara (Issue 7: November, 2021)
  • Andelaine Tsowases: Make It, Pay It (Issue 8: May, 2022)


  • Frowin Becker: Deliver Me, Anvil (Issue 9: September, 2022)
  • Nina Van Zyl: Motherhood (Issue 8: May, 2022)


  • Kina Indongo: “Windhoek” Issue 7: November, 2021), How Things Are And How They Happen, and Our Last Conversation (Issue 10: May, 2023)
  • Veripuamu Nandee Kangumine: Daughters Of A Witch and There Isn’t A Word In Your Language For Being Touched (Issue 7: November, 2021); The Jackal Who Prepares You For Marriage” (Issue 10: May, 2023)
  • Ros Limbo: Beloved Step-Child and She Lay There (Issue 10: May, 2023)
  • Frieda Mukufa: Edhina Ekugidho and Love, Reimagined (Issue 10: May, 2023)
  • Vivian Tjijandjeua Ojo: The Dust Was Here First and Soil Dances Of Kaokoland, Badagry, and Amhara (Issue 8: May, 2022)
  • Tjizembua Tjikuzu: Praise Song For Kangozu, Prince Of Rain, Ode To My Childhood Dog (Issue 8: May, 2022)
  • Keith Vries: Jamal and Who Did You Leave Under The Sea (Issue 10: May, 2023)

Visual Art

  • Nicola Brandt: When The Land Speaks (Issue 8: May, 2022)
  • Katherine Hunter: How Frankenstein Created A Character (Issue 11: September, 2023)
  • Jean-Claude Tjitamunisa: The Gift (Issue 9: September, 2022)

Each winning literary artist will be awarded NAD5000 in cash sponsored by Bank Windhoek. The winners are also presented with a unique trophy commissioned from a Namibian artist.


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