Kenya’s Gloria Mwaniga & Parselelo Kantai are among winners in the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarship. The other winners for 2019 are Hawa Jande Golakai and Nnamdi Oguike.
The winners were announced after a record year for entries with almost 700 submissions. The awards are based on submissions which include a book proposal and an excerpt of published writing. The judging panel this year included; Kenya’s Muthoni Garland as the Chair, and Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, and Otosirieze Obi-Young.
The winners will each receive a grant of Ksh. 2.3 million (₤18,000) to allow them to take a year off to write a book.
The Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) support entities in Africa which allow Africans to get their voices better heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature. Over the past two years the MMF has supported literary festivals in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Somaliland, cultural initiatives in east, west, central and southern Africa, London’s Film Africa festival, the Caine Prize for African Writing, several African educational initiatives and the new Rhodes scholarships for Africans.
The Foundation runs a yearly African writing scholarship scheme, the Morland Writing Scholarship, which aims to give writers of both fiction and non-fiction the financial freedom to complete an English-language book.