CODE’s Burt Award For African Young Adult Literature
CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature is given annually to three English-language literary works by local authors in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania. Publishers of the winning titles are also awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 3,000 copies of each title. This guaranteed purchase, combined with a book distribution program, is what makes CODE’s Burt Award unique. It ensures that, in addition to recognizing excellent young adult literature, books are put in the hands of young readers who need them the most, with new titles coming out every year!
In 2017, CODE established the first regional competition in Africa, awarding a grand prize to a book selected from all four counties. This year, the prize is dubbed the ‘All-Stars’ edition because only all of the first prize winners from CODE’s Burt Awards in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania since 2009 are being considered for the grand prize.
The new grand prize is awarded to an outstanding work of English-language, young adult literature by an Ethiopian, Ghanaian, Kenyan, or Tanzanian author, translator and/or illustrator. One title will be named the winner, its creator(s) to receive a prize of $10,000 CAD. A second title will be designated as an “honour book,” its creator(s) to receive a prize of $2,000 CAD. The remaining finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000 CAD. CODE will purchase 3,000 copies of the winning title and 3,000 copies of the honour book for each of the four participating countries, up to 12,000 copies per title. These books will be donated to schools, libraries, community centres, and NGOs. Additionally, the publishers of the winning title and honour book will each receive a grant of $2,000 CAD to support the promotion of their Burt Award titles.
The 2017 All-Stars
- Winner: Waiting for the Sun by Elshadai Tesfaye published by CODE-Ethiopia (Ethiopia)
- Honour book: The Step-Monster by Ruby Yayra Goka published by Digibooks Ghana Ltd. (Ghana)
- Face Under the Sea by William E. Mkufya published by Mangrove Publishers (Tanzania)
- Aiming for the Summit (sequel to Living in the Shade) by Nahida Esmail published by Mkuki na Nyota (Tanzania)
- The Twelfth Heart by Elizabeth-Irene Baitie published by Kwadwoan Publishing (Ghana)
A five-member international panel carefully considered all twenty-two first prize-winning titles from previous national Burt Award competitions when selecting the shortlist. Chair of the jury Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur (librarian and former Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana) said that the jury’s concern was to “…give young adults books they can identify with, learn from, and enjoy even if they do not originate from their country”. Joining Ms. Amissah-Arthur on the panel is Linda Yohannes (Ethiopian young adult author), Waveney Olembo (Senior Lecturer at the Kenyatta University Literature Department, Kenya), M.M. Mulokozi (Professor of Literature, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania), and Jacqueline Guest (Canadian Métis young adult writer and Member of the Order of Canada).
CODE is proud to announce the winner, the honour book, and the finalists for the 2017 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All-Stars. The National Book Development Council of Kenya in partnership with CODE hosted a fun-filled award ceremony for the authors and publishers in Nairobi on Sept 29.
CODE is delighted to announce its Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature shortlist. This first regional competition is dubbed the All-Stars edition because all of the first prize winners of CODE’s Burt Award in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania since 2009 are being considered for this grand prize.
The multi-country grand prize to launch with a special “all stars” competition for past winners of the former Burt Award for African Literature (Ottawa, March 27, 2017) — CODE is pleased to announce the details and call for submissions for a new multi-country literary prize called CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature. Administered by CODE and made possible by the generosity of...