Three candidates have been shortlisted for The Etisalat 2015 Prize for Literature; Penny Busetto for The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself, Rehana Rossouw for What Will People Say?, and Fiston Mwanza Mujila for Tram 83.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. The prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.

Amongst other prizes, the winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature will receive £15,000 and a fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.

This year’s judges are Professor Ato Quayson, who is the chair (Ghana), Molara Wood (Nigeria), and Zukiswa Wanner (Kenya).

Penny Busetto – The Story of Anna P, as told by Herself

Penny Busetto was born in South Africa. She studied, lived and worked in Italy for about twenty years before returning to Cape Town in 1996. Her novel, The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself won the European Union Literary Award in 2013 and the University of Johannesburg prize for English in 2015. Busetto is associated with the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town where she is presently working on an interdisciplinary doctorate. 

Rehana Rossouw – What Will People Say?

Rehana Rossouw was born in Cape Town, but is in self-imposed exile in Johannesburg. She has practised as a journalist for three decades and taught journalism and creative writing. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Wits University.

Fiston Mwanza Mujila – Tram 83

Fiston Mwanza Mujila was born in 1981 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, where he studied Literature and Human Sciences at Lubumbashi University. He lives in Graz, Austria and is pursuing  a PhD in Romance Languages. He has been awarded several prizes for his work including the Gold Medal at the 6th Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut and the Best Text for Theater (State Theater, Mainz) in 2010. His poems, prose works, and plays are reactions to the political turbulence that has come in the wake of the independence of the Congo and its effect on day-to-day life. His debut novel Tram 83 won him a French Voices 2014 grant and the Grand Prix du Premier Roman des SGDL. It was also shortlisted for the Prix du Monde.


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