The Golden Baobab Prizes for literature were established in July 2008 to inspire the creation of enthralling African children’s stories by African writers. The Prizes invite entries of unpublished stories written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin. The prizes have expanded to include The Golden Baobab Prizes for Illustrations. The Prizes are organized by Golden Baobab, a Ghana-based pan African social enterprise dedicated to supporting African writers and illustrators to create winning African children’s books. The organization’s Advisory Board includes renowned authors Ama Ata Aidoo and Maya Ajmera. Golden Baobab is proudly supported by The African Library Project.
Golden Baobab’s three-part commitment, includes:
- To DISCOVER and celebrate the best writers and illustrators and honor them with a prestigious award and cash prize in the annual Golden Baobab Prizes for African Literature and Illustration.
- To NURTURE talented African writers and illustrators in the outreach initiatives through programs and workshops that provide creative and technical resources to improve their craft.
- To PROMOTE award winning short stories for children with a sister company, the African Bureau for Children’s Stories, which publishes award winning short stories and supports the careers of children’s writers and illustrators in Africa.
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Book
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Illustrators
- The Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature Award
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