Once the we have reached the closing date and have received all entries for the scholarships, we allocate them to a team of readers, all of whom have knowledge of African literature. The readers then assess and grade the submissions, ultimately producing a long list. This list is then refined by the MMF team, aided by the readers grading, to put together a shortlist of around twenty submissions, from which the judges will decide the winners.
The judging panel consists of:
Muthoni Garland: has published over a dozen books for children, two novellas for adults and several stories published in literary journals in Africa, Europe and the USA. She is also a storyteller and has appeared on stage in Kenya, Italy, USA and the UK. Muthoni is a founder member of the writer’s collective and publishing company - Storymoja - which aggressively promotes the gospel of reading for pleasure. Muthoni is Chair of the judging panel.
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is co-founder and publishing director at Cassava Republic Press
Otosirieze Obi-Young is Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper, Nonfiction Editor at Nigeria’s first queer collective & magazine 14, Curator at The Art Naija Series, and a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize. His work has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition and been profiled in Literary Hub. He has completed a short story collection, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates. A former academic, he has an M.A. in African Studies and a B.A. in History/Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Reach him at otosirieze.com.
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