CNN MUltichoice Journalism Awards 2010, Nordic Africa Institute Writing Fellowship, etc


Submissions now open for the 2010 CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALISM AWARDS [entry form attached]

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Competition is the most prestigious and respected Award for journalists across the African Continent. Its objective is to reinforce the importance of the role of journalists in Africa’s development and to reward, recognise and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines.

Who can enter:

You must be an African National, working on the continent for African owned, or headquartered, media organisations. Your work must have appeared in printed publications or electronic media that is primarily targeted at and received by an African audience.

What the judges are looking for:

Our panel of independent, highly respected and experienced judges are in pursuit of excellence. They will be looking for entries which:

• Tell the story in a balanced, comprehensive and objective manner

• Demonstrate journalistic integrity and resourcefulness

• Communicate the story in a way that makes the topic accessible and relevant to their audience

• Display well organised research and insight

• Was broadcast or published, in English, French or Portuguese only, between January and December 2009 with proof supplied

Entry form (English) –
Other languages online

Deadline: 28th January 2010


Guest Writer’s Grant at the Nordic Africa Institute
Call for applications and nominations
Closing date for applications: 31 December 2009

The Nordic Africa Institute invites applications and nominations for a three-month grant as African Guest Writer at the institute in the latter half of 2010 (September through November). The application should reach the institute by 31 December 2009. Nominations should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than 30 November 2009. The selection committee will announce its decision by 20 March 2010. This message outlines the aims of the grant and the details of the application procedure.

Previous Guest Writers

The Nordic Africa Institute has previously hosted four Guest Writers, Ama Ata Aidoo from Ghana, Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Tolu Ogunlesi from Nigeria and Shailja Patel from Kenya. These Guest Writers have added in a very positive way both to the dialogue and interchange at the institute itself, and have given a new dimension to its interface with various groups and audiences in the Nordic countries.


The motivation for the Guest Writer’s Grant is the conviction that knowledge of Africa is gained not only from the factual approach of the social sciences, and that literature can contribute significantly with its different take on language and meaning. The purpose of the grant is threefold:

Firstly, to provide an opportunity for writers to concentrate on their work during their stay.

Secondly, to facilitate readings to audiences in Sweden, and one or two other Nordic countries by visits to those countries. The itinerary is negotiable, but should include at least one other Nordic country – Norway, Denmark, Iceland or Finland. The guest writer of 2010 will also be required to participate in the Gothenburg book fair in September, which has Africa as its focus.

Thirdly, to allow the guest writer to interact with researchers, guest researchers and other staff and visitors at the Nordic Africa Institute, hence contributing its intellectual and cultural atmosphere .

The Guest  Writer’s Grant includes a return air fare (Economy Class), accommodation, a daily subsistence allowance of 300 SEK (Swedish kronor – approximately 40 USD) plus an installation grant of 2,500 SEK (approximately 350 USD), a shared office and free photocopying facilities up to a maximum of 1,000 copies. Guest writers have access to a computer (with Microsoft Office 2007) at the office and are required to do their own typing. The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days.

Applicants must have some documented record of writing, with at least some published work. The applicant must be able to express herself/himself in English, although this does not have to be the language she/he writes in. We encourage young writers to apply.
The application must include name, full contact details (residential address, telephone and e-mail), a curriculum vitae or a summary thereof, including a list of previous writing and performances, a freely worded explanation of why the grant appeals to the applicant, and two references – including their contact details. The application must include up to (but not more than) three works by the applicant in English, French or Portuguese, preferably in published format. The works may be originally written in other languages, but they must have been translated into one of the three languages mentioned. There are no application forms for this grant. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Nominations must reach the Nordic Africa Institute by 30 November 2009.
Applications must reach the Nordic Africa Institute by 31 December 2009.
Applications and nominations should be sent to:
The Nordic Africa Institute
Att: Inga-Britt Isaksson Faris
Box 1703
SE – 751 47 Uppsala

When the application has been sent by mail, a note of this should be made by e-mail to, with copies to and . Nominations may also be sent directly to these three e-mail addresses.

For further information, please contact

Uppsala 30 October 2009

Stefan Helgesson
Co-ordinator of the Nordic Africa Institute’s Guest Writer’s Grant


Critical Essays on the Work of Chenjerai Hove

A Call for Contributions
Chenjerai Hove is considered to be one of Zimbabwe’s foremost writers, and a volume of critical essays on all aspects of his work is being planned for publication by Africa World Press in association with Weaver Press.

We would currently like to invite proposals for contributions towards this planned critical volume. We intend that the range of essays will represent the full range of Hove’s work – fiction, poetry and essays – and we are amenable to a diversity of approaches: theoretical, historical, contextual, comparative, creative and so on.

If you are interested in offering a contribution, please forward an abstract (up to 500 words), and a brief bio to the editors below by 15 January 2010. Please copy your emails to both editors.

Tinashe Mushakavanhu
Email –
Caroline Rooney
Email –


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