The 2018 Shortlist for the CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature
The Ghana Book Trust (GBT) and CODE are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2018 CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature. This year, Ghana Book Trust received 17 submissions from publishers in Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The five-member jury made up of publishing and writing professionals from each of the program countries and Canada, met on June 21 and 22, 2018 in Accra to review the manuscripts that were submitted to the 2017 National CODE Burt Award by winners and finalists.
Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Chair of this year’s jury commented: “The diversity of themes in the manuscripts we received this year was impressive. We have some wonderful and dynamic young adult literature coming out of these countries. The publishers, editors, and writers should all be very proud of their work.”
The 2018 shortlist of finalists for the CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature in alphabetic order are:
- Ebony Girl by Vera Akumiah (Kwadwoan Publishers, Ghana)
- Finding Columbia by Kinyanjui Kombani (Oxford University Press, East Africa Ltd, Kenya)
- To Kiss a Girl by Ruby Yayra Goka (Digibooks, Ghana)
- The Lion’s Whisper by Elizabeth-Irene Baitie (Kwadwoan Publishers, Ghana)
- Somebody’s Daughter by Hiwot Walelign (Mega Publishing, Ethiopia)
The winning title and honour books will be announced at the CODE Burt Award Ceremony in Accra, Ghana. Hosted by the Ghana Book Trust, the award ceremony will feature Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, the renowned international and Ghanaian writer, as the guest of honor and speaker and Okyeame Kwame a renowned Ghanaian music artist.
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