2015 Morland Writing Scholarships Shortlist

The Miles Morland Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarships. Of the twenty one shortlisted applicants below, seven are from South Africa, six from Nigeria, three from Ghana, two from Uganda, and one each from Zimbabwe, Egypt and Sudan.

 Michela Wrong, Literary Director of the Foundation said, “This year we had 345 entries. This was fewer than last year but I felt the overall standard was higher. Now that the Scholarships are better known we are attracting some of the best African writers. Some of the entries left me almost breathless. I am confident our four Scholarships will yield four outstanding books. Our only disappointment is not to see greater geographical variety in the list. There are many talented writers in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and other countries. We did have entries from them but none that made the short list. We would encourage people writing in English from all over Africa to apply in future years.”

Fatin Abbas (Sudan)

Ayobami Adebayo (Nigeria)

Ayesha Harruna Attah (Ghana)

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (Ghana)

Kurt Ellis (South Africa)

Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria)

Amy Heydenrych (South Africa)

Mishka Hoosen (South Africa)

Karen Jennings (South Africa)

Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda)

Kopano Mabaso (South Africa)

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda)

Kagiso Lesego Molope (South Africa)

Cheryl Ntumy (Ghana)

Bolaji Odofin (Nigeria)

Mary Ononokpono (Nigeria)

Ladi Opaluwa (Nigeria)

Megan Ross (South Africa)

Noo Saro – Wiwa (Nigeria)

Wiam El-Tamami (Egypt)

Blessing – Miles Tendi (Zimbabwe)

 The judges, Ellah Allfrey, Olufemi Terry and Muthoni Garland, will meet on December 14th to discuss the shortlisted applications, chaired by Ellah Allfrey. The four winners will be announced shortly after this.

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