By Iminza Keboge
Published April 1, 2017
Citizens of African countries are invited to submit their unpublished manuscripts and illustrations for children’s stories to the 8th Golden Baobab Prize by December 1, 2017.
Touted as being Africa’s leading literary award for children’s works, the Accra (Ghana)-based Golden Baobab Prize awards prizes in three categories:
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 4-8
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 9-11, and
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators, for the best artwork that matches illustration briefs provided, intended for children ages 4-11.
All winners will receive a cash prize of US$5000 and press publicity. Winners of the literature prizes are guaranteed a publishing deal. Longlisted and Shortlisted writers are connected with publishers across Africa.
Finalist illustrators participate in exhibitions and have their work shared with a network of African and international publishers.
Further details on the prize are available at goldenbaobab.org website.
The SEK 5 million prize, known as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.