Finding Colombia by Kinyanjui Kombani (Kenya) is the winner of the 2018 CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature.
The CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature celebrates the many wonderful authors who write engaging, culturally relevant books specifically aimed at young adults ages 12-18. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Winner and Honour book as well as the three finalists.
To Kiss a Girl (Ghana) by Ruby Yayra Goka, published by Digibooks Ghana Ltd receives the 2018 CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature Honour Book
The 2018 Finalists for the CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature are:
The Lion’s Whisper (Ghana) by Elizabeth-Irene Baitie, published by Kwadwoan Publishers
Ebony Girl (Ghana) by Vera Akumiah, published by Kwadwoan Publishers
Somebody’s Daughter (Ethiopia) by Hiwot Walelign published by Mega Publishing
These fantastic authors participated in two events hosted by the Ghana Book Trust during the Ghana International Book Fair. On Friday afternoon over 100 students and 10 teachers participated in an exciting ‘Read with Me’ event. The celebrity Reading Champion Okyeame Kwame aka “The Rap Doctor” is a Ghanaian musician and songwriter who spoke to the youth about his own personal journey and how reading has helped him in his success. The authors read from their books and answered many interesting and engaging questions from the young people who attended. In the evening, the authors were presented with their awards accompanied by speeches and presentations from the Ghanaian publishing world.
2019 Grand Prize Competition
The 2018 national winners and finalists are eligible for the 2019 grand prize competition. Any manuscript submissions to the grand prize must be fully edited and ready for publication. The grand prize will be awarded to an outstanding work of English-language, young adult literature by an author, illustrator (if applicable), and translator (if applicable) from either Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, or Tanzania. Only eligible publishers operating in one of the participating countries may submit titles for consideration.
The winning creator(s) will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD and the honour book creator(s) will receive $2,000 CAD. Up to three finalists will each receive a cash prize of $1,000 CAD. CODE will make a guaranteed purchase of up to 12,000 copies of each winner and honour book and the respective publishers will each receive a $2,000 CAD grant to support the promotion of these titles. The books will be donated to schools, libraries, community centres, and NGOs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania, and feature in CODE’s Read with Me campaign.
Only winners and finalists of the 2018 national competitions are eligible for the grand prize. The deadline for submissions to the 2019 grand prize is March 31, 2019. The shortlist for the grand prize will be announced in July 2019, and the winner and honour book will be announced at a gala celebration in September 2019.
Download the 2018 – 2019 National Prizes and Grand Prize Eligibility and Submission Guidelines
These guidelines are also available from CODE’s local implementing partner in the participating countries:
CODE’s Burt Award for Kenyan Young Adult Literature
National Book Development Council of Kenya
Golf Course Phase 1, Ngobit Estate, House No. 116B, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box 10904-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 770 108556
CODE’s Burt Award for Tanzanian Young Adult Literature
Children’s Book Project for Tanzania
Kijitonyama Area, Plot No. 271, Block 44, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
+ 255 222 773 392