Start writing and win up to Sh 300,000

Kwani Trust has announced a new literary prize for African writing dubbed ‘The Kwani? Manuscript Project’.

Writers have a chance of winning up to Kshs. 300,000 as prize money. Other winners will take home Kshs. 75,000 and Kshs. 150,000 for 2nd runners up and 1st Runners Up respectively. Kwani? Will also be publishing not just the winning manuscripts, but also some from across the shortlist and the longlist. Writers have the chance to gain international visibility through Kwani?’s global network.

The deadline for submissions is 20th August 2012. Writers should submit manuscripts to

The Kwani? Manuscript Project was initially conceptualised after Kwani Trust received the Prince Claus Award in December 2010. The award has provided seed money for this prize.

Kwani Trust is a Kenyan based literary network that is dedicated to developing quality creative writing and committed to the growth of the creative industry. Since establishment in 2003, the network has been involved in the publishing and distribution of contemporary African writing, offering training opportunities, producing literary events and establishing and maintaining global literary networks.

Winners will be announced in December 2012 at the Kwani? Litfest.

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