Writers battle for Kenya’s top literary prize

Mr Henry Ole Kulet with the trophy, certificate and the book which won him the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and a nomination for the Dublin Literary Award in 2009. Ole Kulet’s book has been nominated alongside The Whistleblower by Samuel Wachira, also published by Longhorn, in the English Adult category. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Publishers too will be keenly watching how the awards will be dished out for this is where they assert their bragging rights.
  • Getting your book to win a national award is nothing to be trifled with.
  • Leading the pack of publishers is Longhorn with four nominations followed closely by Jomo Kenyatta Foundation with three.

Henry ole Kulet — one of Kenya’s most decorated writers — is in line for yet another literary award. His book, The Elephant Dance, published by Longhorn, has been nominated for the Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, a literary competition organised by the Kenya Publishers Association. The award recognises the outstanding works of fiction published in the preceding two years.

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