I woke up this morning to a wonderful surprise- I’d won first place in the inaugural Baobab Prize, a new contest for African writers of children’s stories. There are two categories for adult writers- junior (age 8-11) and senior (age 12-15). I won first place in the junior category for my story ‘Lorato and her Wire Car’, about a little girl with a little too much pride in her wire car. I also made the shortlist in the senior category with ‘Birthday Wishes’, a story about friendship during the xenophobia in South Africa.
On the website about the prize it says, "The inaugural Baobab Prize has been funded by a grant provided by Bryn Mawr College and by the personal contributions of members of the Baobab Prize administrative team. "
I was also happy to see my friend and honorary Motswana, award-winning children’s writer Jenny Robson, being short-listed in both categories. Congratulations to all of the winners and to the organisers for take time out to care about African writing.
See the complete list below:
WINNERS THE BAOBAB PRIZE 2008
The Baobab Prize for a work of fiction aimed at readers aged 8-11 years : Lauri Kubuitsile, Botswana. Story: Lorato and her Wire Car
Shortlist for Stories for readers aged 8-11 years:
- Good in the World by Marion Drew, South Africa
- The Story of my Life by Fiona Moolla, South Africa
- Abena and the Corn Seed by Vivian Amanor, Ghana
- Live and Let Live by Jenny Robson, South Africa
The Baobab Prize for a work of fiction aimed at readers aged 12-15 years: Ivor Hartman, Zimbabwe. Story: Mr. Goop.
Shortlist for Stories for readers aged 12-15 years:
- Birthday Wishes by Lauri Kubuitsile, Botswana
- This Ubuntu Thing by Jayne Bauling, South Africa
- Courage like a Lion by Jenny Robson, South Africa
- Whips, Tears and Blood by Mercy Adhiambo, Kenya
The Baobab Prize for a rising writer aged 18 years or younger: Aisha Kibwana, Kenya. Story: Strange Visitors that took her life away.
Shortlist for Rising writer Prize:
- Tortoise and the Thief by Michael Anim, Ghana.