Are you an African aspiring fiction writer?

ImageThis is off the path of digging a well, but, as a writer who loves Africa and its people, I feel anything that helps an African achieve a dream deserves publicizing. Since some Africans read this blog, if you are or know anyone who wants to write fiction, keep reading. This was posted on by Beth A. Kaplin, PhD. Her credentials are below.  Or, if you’re interested in conservation in Africa, you may want to join the listserv!


A new fellowship has been announced by the University of East Anglia, thanks to funding from international telecommunications company Etisalat.

The Etisalat Fellowship is an annual £10,000 award which will fund one aspiring fiction author from Africa to come to the UK for four months, joining the Creative Writing programme at UEA.

It will be awarded to the recipient of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, a prize established by the company to celebrate new African fiction, encouraging upcoming writers whilst supporting the African publishing industry.

The first fellowship will be awarded this autumn and the fellow will take up residence at the university in April 2014 as part of UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

They will be also offered a place at the annual Worlds Literature Festival in June, jointly hosted by UEA and Writers’ Centre Norwich and bringing writers to Norwich from all over the world.

Professor Andrew Cowan, director of Creative Writing at UEA, said: “Since the inception of the Creative Writing course at UEA in 1970, the university has been host to several significant writing fellowships, supporting writers of promise and of established reputation.”

“All have benefited by the unique creative atmosphere of the university, and all have contributed to that atmosphere. The Etisalat Fellowship is a truly exciting addition to this tradition. As our programme becomes increasingly international in reputation and in the range of talented students it attracts from all over the world, we are thrilled to be able to host a fellowship that supports new writing in Africa and further establishes Norwich as a UNESCO World City of Literature.”

For more information on the Etisalat Fellowship and others, please visit

Beth A. Kaplin, PhD
Dir., Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation
Dept of Environmental Studies, Antioch Univ New England
ofce: 603-283-2328  cell: 802-376-3800
Professor, Dept of Biology, National University of Rwanda
Technical Advisor, Regional Network Conservation Educators Albertine Rift (RNCEAR)
Coordinator, Center of Excellence in Biodiversity & NRM, Rwanda
Rwanda cell: 011 250 788 664551

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