We are excited to announce the winner for the Libretto African Anthology Prize (LAAP).

Below is a name of the writer and work as selected by the Libretto African Anthology Prize (LAAP) jurors: Dhee Sylvester, Isiaka Abubabkar Eazy, D.M. Aderibigbe, and Tendai Rinos Mwanaka.

  1. Symptoms of Hardship by ISAACOED BUCHI JAMIE

According to the jury, “The story tells of the grim struggle with poverty and the helplessness that comes with it. Symptoms of Hardship relies on dialogue and action to show us the story, and it impressed us much more in the artful use of language to beautify the narrative rendering breadth and depth to the narrative”.

Writers Biography:

Isaacoed Buchi Jamie is a writer, poet, social activist, thought leader, mentor, and lover of words and ideas. He helps individuals who have; an impactful message, transformative stories, and intentional zeal, to gain clarity, and share their ideologies. He’s the founder of Be First African Initiative (BFAI), a non-profit organization based in Abuja, Nigeria. BFAI focuses on harnessing the strength and potentials of young minds for the purpose of transforming them into agents of positive change and impact.
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The Libretto African Anthology Series was instituted to promote African literature and culture. We decided to provide the best literary support to writers who are willing to publish and see readers’ find joy in their works. Thank you for sharing your fears, doubts, love and thought-provoking works. We asked you to give us the best and you absolutely did!

The longlist, shortlist, and winner are selected by a jury. The longlist of eleven creative nonfictions/essays will be announced in March, while the shortlist of five works will be release in April. The winner will receive a cash prize of ₦30,000 or its equivalent in dollars in May. Contributors whose entries are selected for publication will receive confirmation emails and details of scheduled publication date(s). Longlisted and shortlisted entrants and the winner must be willing to work with our editorial team in getting their entries ready for publication.

Follow this link to read more about how to submit your work for consideration on our call for submissions, issue 07, theme: Ecstasy, and Click here to download and read our previous issues, and click here to download and read Libretto Chapbook Series 2020 publication, and follow this link to read our 2020 Best of Net Anthology Nominations.

Hearty congratulations to the winner!!!

On behalf of the LIBRETTO editorial team, we say a massive thank you to Writers Space Africa, Africa in Words, James Murua Literary, and Commonwealth Writers who made a tremendous effort in publicizing our call for submissions. We appreciate your zealousness towards the growth of African literature and urge you to keep on enlightening the world about the African literary sphere.

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