Shortlist for the 2020 K & L Prize.
K and L prize has recently released its Shortlist for 2020 entries, after quite the consideration.
The K and L Prize was founded by Myles Ojabo, a New Zealand based Nigerian, and it is awarded to the best piece of unpublished fiction by an African.
The 2020 prize was based on the theme of ‘Africanfuturism’.
Stories that make the long and shortlist would feature in the coming Anthology; Black Skin, No Mask.
Judgement for the K and L Prize.
This particular theme was met with quite the vigour from contestants as wonderful and unique stories were submitted for consideration. However difficult it may be, the judges needed to make choices.
Upon the announcement of the shortlist for the 2020 K and L Prize, One of the judges, Arthur Chigbo Anyaduba, an academic with the University of Winnipeg in Canada, states that
‘…judging isn’t a fair business at all. As a judge, I have played a harsh God over the imaginative works of poor folks whose only crime have been in sharing their stories’.
He describe the stories as a piece of imaginative wonder: remarkable depth of imagination, mellifluous narrative.
“The stories stay with you long after you move on with your life. The stories pushed the limits of the imagination and expanded the horizon for speculating the past, the present and most especially the future’.
The other judge, Dione Joseph, the founder of Black Creatives New Zealand, points out that the stories demonstrate an exercise in developing one’s own voice, shifting from description to dialogue and reaching into our ancestral knowledge to look into the future.
‘I commend all the writers who shared their story on this year’s theme of Africanfuturism and can only encourage them to continue developing their craft’.
Stories that made the Shortlist for the 2020 K and L Prize.
The longlist of ten that featured writers from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon was released last month.
Their stories have been published on the new K & L anthology, Black Skin, No Mask. The winner of the 2020 K & L prize will be announced in July.
Four writers have made the 2020 shortlist for the K & L prize. They are:
Audrey Obuobisa-Darko (Ghana), for her story, Araba.
Kanyisola Olorunnisola (Nigeria), for his story, Abija, the Architect of Mayhem
Izuchukwu Udokwu (Nigeria), for his story, The New Colours
Yvonne Nezianya (Nigeria), for her story The Wonders of Spirits
Good luck to them for the finals!