Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Can one submit to be a Judge and at the same time submit manuscript for competing?

The judges will be suggested and picked by the board of trustees.  There is no application to be a judge.

  1. How do you intend to reach grass-root writers who are digitally challenged.

Those without internet access can submit their manuscripts by postal office.  Please give the media contacts this Postal address: Africana Studies and Research Center, 310 Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

  1. Can a participant submit manuscripts for different categories – for example in Poetry and in Novel?

Yes, that is fine.  If the underlying question is whether they can then win in both categories in the same year, the answer is YES.  We are going for the best quality.

  1. Given the constrained timeframe mentioned (31st March 2015), can the deadline be extended (NB: Requests to extend to end of April 2015)

Yes to April 31st

  1. Can a scholar who teaches compete in the same category with his/her students?

The competition is open to all Kiswahili writers.  We think it is important to stress that the prize is for the best writing in the language – therefore teachers, students, non academics are all welcome.

  1. Are Lecturers allowed to participate?

Yes, please stress that the competition is for the best writing.

  1. What are the requirements for those who wish to participate as Judges?

The judges will be selected by the Trustees.

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No, there is no theme.  Again please stress that we want the best possible manuscripts/books.  The idea is to grow the language, shine a light on the best writing, and at the same time give those books international exposure through translation.

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