Category: Eritrea

  • African writers on International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2022 longlist.

    African writers on International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2022 longlist.

    Nine writers from Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, and Morocco feature on the longlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2022 announced today. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is the most prestigious literary prize in the Arab world. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership…

  • Desta Haile is Afritondo Short Story Prize 2021 winner.

    Desta Haile is Afritondo Short Story Prize 2021 winner.

    Desta Haile was announced the winner of the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2021 at a virtual ceremony on Friday, March 2, 2021. Afritondo, a new platform that aims to connect with and tell the stories of African and black minority populations across the globe, is the founder of the Afritondo Short Story Prize. The first…

  • Afritondo Short Story Prize 2021 shortlist announced.

    Afritondo Short Story Prize 2021 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2021 was announced on March 3, 2021. Afritondo, a new platform that aims to connect with and tell the stories of African and black minority populations across the globe, is the founder of the Afritondo Short Story Prize. The first winner of the prize was South African…

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson shares PEN Pinter Prize 2020 with Amanuel Asrat.

    Linton Kwesi Johnson shares PEN Pinter Prize 2020 with Amanuel Asrat.

    Linton Kwesi Johnson shared the PEN Pinter Prize 2020 with Amanuel Asrat in a digital ceremony co-hosted by the British Library on October 12, 2020. The PEN Pinter Prize is awarded annually to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland, or the Commonwealth who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize-winning speech, casts…

  • Mohammed Hassan Al-Nahat wins Mohammed Saeed Nawed Short Story Award 2020.

    Mohammed Hassan Al-Nahat wins Mohammed Saeed Nawed Short Story Award 2020.

    Mohammed Hassan Al-Nahat was announced the winner of the Mohammed Saeed Nawed Short Story Award 2020 on September 16, 2020. The Mohammed Saeed Award is named after the Eritrean novelist, historian, and activist who has become, according to Nassir Al-Sayeid Al-Nour “an iconic representation of the literary soul of the Eritrean revolution” during that country’s…

  • Desta Hailé is To Speak Europe In Different Languages Award 2020 winner.

    Desta Hailé is To Speak Europe In Different Languages Award 2020 winner.

    Desta Hailé was announced the winner of the “To Speak Europe In Different Languages” Literary Award on September 18, 2020. “To Speak Europe In Different Languages” is a literary award aimed at “recognizing the wounds and wonders of language, in order to endorse and enhance the border-crossing, category-defying qualities of our contemporary world.” It is…

  • A snapshot of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    A snapshot of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    Season 2 of Afrolit Sans Frontières was hosted by African writers from cities all over the world over the Internet from April 20-27, 2020. The Afrolit Sans Frontiers Virtual Literary Festival, an initiative by and for writers of African origin, started in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdown. The second edition…

  • Sulaiman Addonia at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    Sulaiman Addonia at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    Sulaiman Addonia kicked off the fourth day of Season 2 of the Afrolit Sans Frontières from Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, April 23, 2020. He was hosted by Troy Onyango. The Afrolit Sans Frontières, a new initiative by and for writers of African origin, was started in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international…

  • African Literary Festivals you can attend in 2020.

    African Literary Festivals you can attend in 2020.

    Covering the length and breadth of the African continent, here is a list of literary festivals you can attend in 2020. It is regularly updated as and when information becomes available. In 2019, African writing continued to produce festivals new and old to the delight of bibliophiles across the continent. There were many of the…

  • Meet the African writers for the Iowa International Writing Program 2019.

    Meet the African writers for the Iowa International Writing Program 2019.

    Batsirai Chigama, Shadreck Chikoti, Soukaina Habiballah, Tade Ipadeola, Amira-Géhanne Khalfallah, Samuel Menghesteab, Martha Mukaiwa, and Yamkela Tywakadi are the African writers to take part in the Iowa International Writing Program 2019. The University of Iowa International Writing Program prides itself as being the oldest and largest multinational writing residency in the world. Started in 1967,…

  • Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Sulaiman Addonia, Diana Evans on UK’s Orwell Prize 2019 longlist.

    Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Sulaiman Addonia, Diana Evans on UK’s Orwell Prize 2019 longlist.

    Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Sulaiman Addonia, and Diana Evans are on the Orwell Prize 2019 longlist announced today May 7, 2019. The Orwell Prizes are the UK’s most prestigious prizes for political writing. Every year, The Orwell Foundation awards prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an…

  • Asmara Addis Literary Festival (In Exile) for Brussels in February.

    Asmara Addis Literary Festival (In Exile) for Brussels in February.

    The Asmara Addis Literary Festival (In Exile) is set for Brussels, Belgium on February 9, 2019.  The festival is a creation of Eritrean novelist Sulaiman Addonia. Sulaiman Addonia, a novelist who fled Eritrea as a child refugee, made a splash with debut novel The Consequences of Love which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize…

  • Seven Africans make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2019 longlist.

    Seven Africans make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2019 longlist.

    The International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2019 longlist has been announced with seven Africans making the January 7, 2019 cut. They are Iman Yehia, Habib Sayah, Mbarek Rabi, Mohammed Al-Maazuz, Waciny Laredj, Huji Jaber, and Adel Esmat. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction, given to a novel in Arabic which judges consider to be the…

  • Miles Morland Writing Scholarships 2017 winners announced

    Miles Morland Writing Scholarships 2017 winners announced

    The wait is over as the winners of the Morland Writing Scholarships 2017 were announced on December 5, 2017. They are Alemseged Tesfai, Bryony Rheam, Elnathan John, Eloghosa Osunde, and Fatima Kola. The judges Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, the Chair, accompanied by Olufemi Terry and Muthoni Garland met on December 4 to decide on the four…

  • The Miles Morland Scholarship 2017 shortlist announced

    The Miles Morland Scholarship 2017 shortlist announced

    The Miles Morland Foundation has announced the shortlist of 21 names for the 2017 Morland Writing Scholarships. The Morland Writing Scholarship is an annual award given to African writers to enable them to work on a manuscript over a year without worrying about an income. Writers awarded a fiction scholarship will each receive £18,000, paid…