NEWS: First African Writer to Win China Book Award

The Vice-Premier of China presenting the award
The Vice Premier of China, Liu Yandong, presenting the award to Mr. Charles Onunaiju.

Vice Premier of the Peoples Republic of China, Liu Yandong, Presenting trophy to Mr Charles Onunaiju, Director of Center for China Studies, Abuja, at the 10th Special Book Award of China, in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China. Mr Onunaiju is the first and only Africa so far, to win the China Special National Book award instituted since 2005. to recognize foreign experts who have written, translated or published book to introduce China to the world

Caine Prize: Lidudumalingani Conquers All


South African Aurhor, Lidudumalingani, has been announced the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing winner, for his short story, Memories We Lost, published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015)

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Caine Prize 2016 shortlist: (from left) Tope, Lidudumalingani, Nneka, Bongani, Abdul

Lidudumalingani is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. He was born in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, in a village called Zikhovane. Lidudumalingani has published short stories, non-fiction and criticism in various publications. His films have been screened at various film festivals.

Kulkarni Clinches It!

An author’s tale about the bovine star of a chewing gum advert has won the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
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Parashar Kulkarni’s Cow and Company “succeeded in exploring serious issues in a way that can make us laugh”, judge Gillian Slovo said.

Kulkarni, an assistant professor in Singapore, is the first Indian author to win the award.

Kulkarni was presented with the award at Jamaica’s Calabash International Literary Festival on Sunday, June 5th, by Man Booker Prize winner, Marlon James.

parashar and marlon

“I am very happy to receive the Commonwealth Short Story Prize which provides an inclusive, accessible and international platform for participation which is particularly helpful for new writers,” a delighted Parashar said.

Read Cow And Company now.

Mahomed Is King of Africa

Faraaz Mahomed

From the 26 titles shortlisted for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the five regional winners were announced on Wednesday 4th May with Faraaz Mahomed of South Africa emerging the Africa regional winner for his short story, The Pigeon

“I am an unseasoned writer, who continues to struggle with the insecurities and anxieties of inexperience,” Mahomed was quoted as saying, on the Commonwealth Writers website. But despite the modest words, emerging as regional best in a competition of this magnitude is a remarkable achievement—the kind of career boost that many only dream of, and which he certainly will relish for a very long time indeed.

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Meet the Regional Champions