Richest literary prize in the region goes to Kiswahili teacher

 (From left) The Tuzo ya Fasihi ya Ubunifu winner Amos Nandasaba Kundu, Spotlight Publishers managing director Simon Sossion, the Nation Media Group Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi and the French Ambassa Remi Marechaux during the prize presentation at the French Cultural Centre in Nairobi on December 16, 2015. PHOTO| ANTHONY OMUYA

What you need to know:

  • Simon Sossion, the managing director of Spotlight Publishers, pointed out that the intention of the prize is to encourage young writers to compete with established names, especially considering that prospective writers have tended to accuse publishers of only considering the works of established writers.

  • He emphasized that this prize will pay more attention to the creativity of submitted manuscripts rather than the name of the author. Spotlight, Sossion said, would publish the top three ranked manuscripts in 2016.

  • Also, the other shortlisted manuscripts will be considered for publication by Spotlight publishers if deemed good enough.

Kiswahili literature recently harvested a Sh1 million prize. The Tuzo ya Fasihi ya Ubunifu (Prize for Creative Kiswahili Literature) was awarded at the Alliance Francaise, in Nairobi on December 16, 2015.

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