Sarah Inyal-Lawal, the Chair of the Jury announced it this morning, July 1st, 2021.
The winner of the £1,000 prize will be announced on September 3rd, 2021, at a party organized for James Currey’s 85th birthday celebration in Oxford.
James Currey was born on September 3rd, 1936.
Shortlisted Authors for the James Currey Prize for African Literature are:
Title: And Then He Sang A Lullaby
Author: Ani Kayode Somtochukwu
Ani Kayode Somtochukwu is a Biologist, writer, and Queer Liberation Activist who lives in Enugu, Nigeria. His work interrogates themes of queer identity, resistance and liberation and has appeared in The Enkare Review, The Rustin Times, Gertrude, Bakwa, and PlenitudeMagazine, among others, and has been shortlisted for the Erbacce poetry prize, the ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award, and the Toyin Falola Prize. He is the host of Rainbow Marxism, a YouTube channel that focuses on queer liberation in Africa, and the founder of the Queer Union for Economic and SocialTransformation(QUEST), a radical queer group organizing towards queer liberation in Nigeria. He was a finalist for the 2020 Prize for Difference andDiversity and was the recipient of the SOGIESC Rights Activist of the year award (2019) presented by the Initiative for Equal Rights(TIERs).
Title: Bones & Runes
Author: Stephen Embleton
Stephen Embleton was born and lives in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His background is Graphic Design, Creative Direction and Film. His first short story was published in 2015 in the ‘Imagine Africa 500’ speculative fiction anthology. More short fiction followed in the “Beneath This Skin” 2016 Edition of Aké Review, “The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol.2”, the debut edition of Enkare Review 2017, The Bloody Parchment, AfroSFv3, and The Kalahari Review.
He is a charter member of the African Speculative Fiction Society and its Nommo Awards initiative. He was featured in Part 11 of the 100 African Writers of SFF on Strange Horizons. His debut speculative fiction novel, Soul Searching, was published in 2020.
Title: The Rage of Lambs
Author : Solomon Kobina Aremu
Solomon Kobina Aremu was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. After completing secondary school, he moved to Nigeria where he studied at the University of Ibadan, completing his BA-Philosophy in 1990. Following his degree, Solomon worked for Sketch Press Ltd, a group of newspapers at the forefront in the fight to restore democracy in Nigeria after a military dictatorship annulled the June 12th 1993 presidential election. With Sketch Press offices shut and guarded by heavily armed soldiers, its newspapers went underground, publishing from secret locations until it was no longer sustainable. Solomon returned to Ghana and continued working as a print journalist and in public relations, managing the P.R. account of Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd. before marrying and relocating to Toronto, Ontario, where he now resides with his wife of twenty years.
Title: A Reign of Terror
Author: Ntando Gerald
A little over 35, Ntando Gerald was born and bred in Zimbabwe but currently resides in South Africa. A storyteller at heart, he is also a scriptwriter, ghostwriter and an aspiring lyricist. He earns his crust as a freelancer and researcher for television shows. His previous self-published book is called Why I Don’t Believe in Love. In the book, he shares his unpleasant relationship experiences and those of people close to him with the readers. When Gerald is not writing, he’s busy in the kitchen putting his culinary skills to good use.
Title: The Masses on Ashes
Author: Okwudiri Job
Bio not available.
More details can be found on: www.jamescurreyprize.com