Three Manuscripts from Ghana Make Kwani LongList

Three Manuscripts from Ghana have made the Longlist of 30 titles in the Kwani? Manuscript Project. The list that appeared on the official website of the Kwani? contained the following titles from Ghana:

Ramseyer’s Ghost (Ghana)

Saturday’s People (Ghana / US)

The Mad Brigadier (Ghana)

The list had submissions from nine other African countries. We thought it best to pick out a few titles we deemed amusing and connotative. So here we go: They are Coming (Zimbabwe / US); Pilgrims from Hell (Tanzania); Carnivorous City (Nigeria); Becoming God (Nigeria); The Haggard Masturbator (Kenya); Diary of a Criminal (Botswana).

For the complete list, please click here.

The Kwani? Manuscript Project, is a new one-off literary prize for unpublished fiction from African writers. The shortlist will be announced at the beginning of June 2013 and the three winners at the end of the same month.

The Managing Editor, Billy Kahora is quoted on the website of the Kwani? as saying “This longlist begins the actualization of a long-held Kwani? ambition – to build a significant novel series of new original voices across the continent.”

The project was launched in April 2012 with a call for submissions. The deadline was extended to 17 September 2012. The Kwani longlisting panel is made up of writers, editors and critics from East, West and Southern Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. The call by Kani Trust received  over 250 qualifying unpublished fiction manuscripts from 19 African countries.

Photo credit: The Kwani? Manuscript Project

Photo credit: The Kwani? Manuscript Project

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