Etisalat Fellowship for African writers to be hosted at UEA

A new writing fellowship has been announced by UEA, sponsored by the international telecommunications company Etisalat. It will be awarded each year to the recipient of the newly created Etisalat Prize for Literature, an award established by the company to celebrate new African fiction. Open to debut novels by African writers, the winner will receive a £15,000 cash prize and a four-month fellowship at UEA, worth £10,000. Among the patrons of the Prize, which will be awarded for the first time this autumn, are Margaret Busby OBE, Ella Allfrey OBE, the Nigerian Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dele Olojede, and the South African writer Zakes Mda. The first Fellow will take up residence at the university in April 2014 and will be mentored by UEA Professor of Creative Writing, Giles Foden.

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