Kendeka Prize for African Literature is accepting entries from 1st February, 2021 to 31st May, 2021 for its’ 2021 edition. The competition is administered by Solano Publications Ltd and entry is free. This Prize will be awarded for the best piece of an unpublished short story either fiction or creative non-fiction.
Kendeka Prize for African Literature is an annual event and it is an initiative of Andrew Maina, a Kenyan writer, through Solano Publications Ltd. It aims at giving African writers, especially the unpublished a platform on which to showcase their work. Through this platform, more people will have access to their work which will, in turn, inspire more writing.
Through this Prize, Africans will have an opportunity not only to tell their own stories but the freedom of telling them, as they are. This is because, for a long time, the ‘African Story’ has been told by foreigners, people who purport to know Africa. They have ended up with a story of Africa, a single story of a hungry, warring, ailing and backward people, a story of a continent full of calamities. This is their new version of the story of the Dark Continent.
The Kendeka Prize for African Literature will be KShs.100,000 while the 2nd and the 3rd shall receive Kshs 50,000 and 25,000 for respectively. The remaining two of the five short-listed stories shall receive KShs 5,000 each. All long-listed stories shall be published in an anthology titled I Am listening, 2021 Edition. The prize shall be awarded at a ceremony to be held during the Nairobi International Book Fair.