Worital is thrilled to announce the winners for the 2023 Chinaza Favour and Worital writing contest. This year, we received an overwhelming number of entries for each of the three genres— Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry— and we are delighted to announce the winners who are carting off the prize.
The Chinaza Favour and Worital Writing Contest which opened for submissions on the 17th to the 24th of July 2023, is aimed at celebrating literature from diverse backgrounds and giving a voice to African literature in particular. The winning submissions which captured the hearts of the judges and stood out amongst others will be receiving various distinguished prizes while the best 20 entries from each category will be published in an anthology by Worital titled ‘The Phoenix Chronicles’. Chinaza Favour and Worital extend a loud congratulations to all those who participated in this year’s event and urge them to continue trying and winning, not just for the contest’s sake, but in their everyday writings.
The Winners’ announcement will take place on the 10th of September, 2023. The venue is THE CHINAZA FAVOUR TV on YouTube and WORITAL Youtube. Time: 3PM W.A.T. We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate the incredible art of writing. Proudly sponsored by Sabistation Bookplaze Cerca Africa Fuel my Hustle TR Leadership Hub Women of Rubies The Chinaza Favour Writing Challenge… Celebrating Your Literary Genius.
Renowned Zimbabwean author and prominent feminist Tsitsi Dangarembga has been shortlisted for the St. Francis College Literary Prize. The prize is a biennial literary award that first came to life in 2009.
The prize is a celebration of mid-career authors in honour of a third to fifth book of fiction. A jury selects the winner and they are invited to to St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York for purposes of delivering a speech. It is pretty much a prestigious literary event as the winner walks away with a handsome $50,000.
Dangarembga could not hide her elation as she tweeted, “It’s an honour to be a finalist in this competition. I’m so grateful to the judges and all the people who gave so much to make THIS MOURNABLE BODY what it is. Wish me good fortune, folks!”
Tsitsi Dangarembga is one of the finest authors Zimbabwe, and Africa at large has ever produced. She is mostly known for her book Nervous Conditions that was published in 1988. That book won her the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1989. Nervous Conditions was translated into many other languages, making it an international hit.
She wrote the script for the 1993 hit movie Neria. Neria became the highest-grossing movie in Zimbabwe and this was also aided by the fact that the soundtrack was done by the legebdary musician Oliver Mtukudzi.
“Nervous Conditions didn’t get any traction in Zimbabwe,” Dangarembga said when she spoke with DW. “I have always been writing against power and that’s why things don’t always happen.”
She is always determined to speaking truth to power and is also a notable voice when it comes to airing out and expressing feminist views.
Header image credit – Pindula