LIBRETTO Publisher and Magazine was Launched in 2019 with the aim to publish works of new and established writers and artists. We believe that literature and art should be celebrated by offering a publication medium intended to support writers and enhance their prowess.
LIBRETTO has been able to publish 3 issues so far, that produced 10 Best of the Net Nominations. After being swamped with almost a thousand entries, we are also delighted to release the list of winners for the inaugural LIBRETTO CHAPBOOK PRIZE.
The LIBRETTO CHAPBOOK PRIZE 2020 is divided into two formats: print and eBook. This means the three highest ranking entries will be published as print titles, while the other entries that made the shortlist are to be published as eBook titles.
The 3 print titles are: 20 Sonnets by Bruce McRae (Winner), Telling the Bees by Bruce Meyer (First Runner Up), and Love is a Profusion of Roses Growing from the Barrel of a Gun by Olubunmi Familoni (Second Runner Up).These three authors are the winners of the LIBRETTO CHAPBOOK PRIZE 2020, and they will receive two printed copies of their books in November 2020.
In addition to the prints, LIBRETTO will publish the five shortlisted entries and one Publisher’s Choice entry in eBook format. The shortlisted entries are Citizen’s Arrest by Patricia Walsh, Homing Bird by Ebuka Prince Okoroafor, a portrait of violence by Efe Ogufere, Silence is the Beginning of Hell by Abdulbaki Ahmad, and Something About Love by Adeogo Adedeji. The Publisher’s Choice entry for this year is Geography of Living by Olaewe David Opeyemi. All these eBook titles will be available for online download in due time.
So far, LIBRETTO’s aim of bringing vibrancy to African literature and the world at large with beautiful works featuring new and established writers who are not afraid to share their works with great minds, has been fulfilled.We hope to continue inspiring these writers and artists to enhance their creative prowess beyond all barriers.
We want you to read these chapbooks and appreciate the artistry of their authors, as well as the immersive magnificence of the poems that made it onto their pages.