Moraa Gitaa, a Kenya based writer of the Novel Crucible for Silver & Furnace for Gold is on a shortlist of thirteen authors gunning for the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing.
The Penguin Group in announcing the shortlisted authors said it received approximately 250 submissions in the fiction category and 50 in the non-fiction category from around Africa.
The literary awards are for “previously unpublished full-length work of adult fiction and one of non-fiction.” Gitaa’s entry is in the fiction category.
When it launched the new awards last year, Penguin stated “For the fiction prize the judges will be looking for novels of freshness and originality that represent the finest examples of contemporary fiction out of Africa.”
Winners will be announced in September and each category winner will receive the equivalent of US$6,500 and a publishing contract from the Penguin Group.
Moraa is also a correspondent for Mshale, a newspaper for African immigrants in the Americas.