Created by a publisher in Senegal and an author based in Niger, the Sarraounia Prize is accepting manuscripts for young adult readers.

A new biennial YA award, the Sarraounia Prize, has been announced for published and unpublished authors and illustrators based in Africa.

Organizers are calling for entries, with applications open now (July 26) to September 30.

The €1,000 (US$1,114) award is the result of a collaboration between Senegal’s Sulaiman Adebowale, familiar to Publishing Perspectives readers, and Antoinette Tidjani Alou. Adebowale’s publishing company, Amalion, publishes in French and English and is based in Dakar. Tidjani Alou is a scholar and author who leads the Arts and Culturetraining program at Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey, Niger.

The name Sarraounia means queen in the West African Hausa language and is also the name of a near-mythic 19th-century anti-colonial warrior whose story has inspired a novel by Abdoulaye Mamani and a film adaptation by Med Hondo… longer: ‘Read complete article…

Date posted: July 26, 2019