Kendeka Prize for African Literature is accepting entries from 1st of February, 2023 to 15th May, 2023 for its’ 2023 edition. The entry is free. The Prize will be awarded for the best unpublished short story either in fiction or creative non-fiction. The first prize will be Kshs.100,000, while the 2nd and the 3rd Prize shall be Kshs.50,000 and Kshs.25,000 respectively.

All long listed stories shall be published in an anthology later in the year. Judges and the date of the award ceremony will be announced at a later date.

The announcement was made during the inaugural Kendeka Lecture by Prof Goro Kamau, the in-coming chairman of Kendeka Prize for African Literature. The event was held at Mount Kenya University, Thika Campus,

The Inaugural Kendeka Lecture was delivered by Prof Austin Bukenya, from Uganda, on 28th January, 2023. The Topic of the lecture was “Why Literature Matters and Literary Prizes Matter”

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The overall winner of the 2022 Prize was Scholastica Moraa, (Kenya) for her short story titled ‘Chained’. Adaoro Raji, (Nigeria) was the first runners-up for her story Star Boy’, while Beverley Ann Abrahams, from Zimbabwe was the second runners-up for her short story, Isithunzi’. The winning stories were chosen after a rigorous process by a panel of three Judges chaired by Dr. Siphiwo Mahala, from South Africa. Also in the panel were Bisi Adjapon from Ghana and Faith Oneya from Kenya.

The winner of the 2021 Kendeka Prize for African Literature was Jenny Robson, Botswana, author of Water for Wine. Fatima Okhousami, from Nigeria, was the first runners-up for her story, The Women of Atinga House, while Okpanachi Irene Ojochegbe, from Nigeria, was the second runners-up for her story, Au Pair.

The three stories on that inaugural list of winners were chosen from the five short listed stories by a panel of three Judges chaired by Lucas Wafula, a Kenyan, Edwige Renée Dro, from Côte d’Ivoire and Remy Ngamije, a Rwandan/Namibian.


Yours Sincerely,

Andrew Maina


Kendeka Prize for African Literature

Thika, Kenya

1st February, 2023

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