9mobile Prize for Literature

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About 9mobile Prize for Literature

9mobile Prize for Literature

Following the successful completion of the fourth edition of its flagship pan-African literary prize, Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, 9mobile, has announced a call for entries for the 2018 9mobile Prize for Literature.

The 9mobile Prize for Literature is the first Pan-African prize that celebrates début African writers of published fiction.

The winner of the 9 mobile Prize for Literature receives £15,000, and a high-end device. In line with their vision of promoting upcoming writers, 9 mobile will sponsor a book tour to three African cities.

The winning writer will also embark on the 9 mobile Fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden (author of The Last King of Scotland) which will include significant opportunities to meet other writers, publishers and most importantly work on their second book.

The 9 mobile Prize for Literature is unique in that it also aims to promote the publishing industry at large and will therefore buy 1000 copies of all shortlisted books which will be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the African continent.

Alongside the Prize for Literature is the Flash Fiction Award, an online-based competition open to all African writers of unpublished short stories of no more than 300 words. The winner of the Flash Fiction Award receives £1,000 and a high-end device, while the two runners-up for the Flash Fiction Award receive £500 each as well as high-end devices.

The recently concluded 9mobile Prize for Literature award ceremony was held on 20 May 2017 in Lagos, where Jowhor Ile emerged the winner for his début novel.

Interested applicants are to Submit their entries for the 2018 edition of the 9mobile prize for literature

Entries open from July 3rd to September 18, 2017.

Entry Requirements

1 Submissions will only be accepted from publishing houses

2  All books entered should have a registered ISBN number or equivalent.

3 Entries by new writers must be published within the last 24 months before submission

4 Entries for fiction books will be submitted by publishers who have published a minimum of three (3) authors.

5 Publisher should have been a registered business (with certificate of incorporation as a publisher) for minimum of three years

6 Each publisher will be allowed to enter a maximum of three (3) books – however books maybe called in by the judges.

7 Each entry will be required to be accompanied by Seven (7) copies of the book being entered along with acceptance of publicity terms.

8  The 9 mobile Prize for Literature is not open to employees or to staff of any organization working directly with 9 mobile.

How To Enter

  • Download and fill out the application form here
  • The application form should be submitted along with seven (7) copies of the published book to the address below:
    9mobile Office,
    6th Floor, Building 2,
    Oriental Office Building 3,
    Lekki Road – Victoria Island,
    Lagos State.

Application Deadline

18th September, 2017.


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