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CODE Announces New Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature

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The multi-country grand prize to launch with a special “all stars” competition for past winners of the former Burt Award for African Literature

(Ottawa, March 27, 2017) — CODE is pleased to announce the details and call for submissions for a new multi-country literary prize called CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature.

Administered by CODE and made possible by the generosity of William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Award recognizes excellence in young adult literature, addresses an ongoing shortage of relevant, quality books for young readers, and promotes a love of reading and learning at the upper primary and secondary school levels. Established in Tanzania in 2008, the program has since expanded to Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Canada and the Caribbean.

CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature (BAAYAL) replaces the Burt Award for African Literature, a collection of four separate literary prizes in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania. The new multi-country grand prize will be awarded to an outstanding work of English-language, young adult literature by an author, illustrator (if applicable), and translator (if applicable) from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, or Tanzania. Both published and unpublished works of fiction (novels or short story collections), selected nonfiction, and graphic novels are eligible. Writers, illustrators, and translators must be citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, or Tanzania, by birth or naturalization, including those living outside of their countries of origin. Only eligible publishers operating in one of the participating countries may submit titles for consideration.

CODE’s long-time partner, Ghana Book Trust, will coordinate the adjudication of the inaugural grand prize. A jury comprised of members from each participating country and one non-participating country will select a shortlist of up to five titles. One title will be named the winner, with its creator(s) receiving a prize of $10,000 CAD. A second title will be designated as an “honour book,” its creator(s) to receive a prize of $2,000 CAD. The remaining finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000 CAD. CODE will purchase 3,000 copies of the winning title and 3,000 copies of the honour book for each of the four participating countries, up to 12,000 copies per title. These books will be donated to schools, libraries, community centres, and NGOs. Additionally, the publishers of the winning title and honour book will each receive a grant of $2,000 CAD to support the promotion of their Burt Award titles.

“CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature addresses calls to make the award program in Africa even bigger and better,” said Scott Walter, executive director of CODE. “The increased competition among book creators from multiple countries will reinvigorate the nine-year-old program and add a new level of excitement. Unchanged is CODE’s ongoing support for the creation of engaging, locally relevant books for youth through monetary prizes for authors and their collaborators, the guaranteed purchase of award-winning books, and capacity building for authors and publishers.”

The works eligible for CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature will be determined by national competitions in each participating country: CODE’s Burt Award for Ethiopian Young Adult Literature; CODE’s Burt Award for Ghanaian Young Adult Literature; CODE’s Burt Award for Kenyan Young Adult Literature; and CODE’s Burt Award for Tanzanian Young Adult Literature. Local juries will select shortlists of up to five titles each. One title per country will be named the national winner, its creator(s) to receive a prize of $1,000 CAD. The publisher of the winning title will receive a guaranteed purchase of 3,000 copies, which CODE will donate to schools, libraries, community centres, and NGOs in its country of origin. All finalists from each national competition will then move on to the grand prize, up to 20 titles in total each year.

Call for submissions

Submissions to CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature are now being accepted by CODE’s implementing partners: CODE-Ethiopia; Ghana Book Trust; National Book Development Council of Kenya; and the Children’s Book Project for Tanzania.

The award guidelines, nomination forms, and FAQs are available from the implementing partners (contact information below) and online at code.ngo/codes-burt-award-for-african-literature

The deadline for submissions to the national competitions is May 15, 2017. The national winners will be announced in the fall of 2017.

Only finalists for the national competitions will be eligible for the grand prize, with a deadline for submissions of March 15, 2018. National finalists may be revised and improved before submission for the grand prize. The shortlist for the grand prize will be announced in July 2018, and the winner and honour book will be announced at a gala celebration in Accra, Ghana, in the fall of 2018.

CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All Stars

To kick off the new multi-country prize, winners of the Burt Award in its previous incarnation will go head-to-head in a special, one-time-only competition: CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All Stars.

A jury comprised of members from each participating country and one non-participating country will select a shortlist of up to five titles from among the past winners of the Burt Award for African Literature in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania. One title will be named the winner, its creator(s) to receive a prize of $10,000 CAD. A second title will be designated as an “honour book,” its creator(s) to receive a prize of $2,000 CAD. The remaining finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000 CAD. CODE will purchase copies of the winner and honour book for its book donation programs in participating countries. Publishers of the winner and honour book will each receive a grant of $2,000 CAD to promote their Burt Award books.

CODE’s implementing partners will solicit copies of all eligible works directly from publishers, due April 28, 2017. The shortlist will be announced in August 2017. The winning title and honour book will be announced at the launch of CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature at the Nairobi International Book Fair in September 2017.

At the same event, CODE will announce the finalists from the first round of national competitions, all of which will be eligible to move on to the 2018 grand prize. As well, CODE will reveal the details of a new public reading campaign designed to encourage the love and habit of reading among youth.

About CODE

CODE (formerly the Canadian Organization of Development through Education) is Canada's leading international development agency uniquely focused on advancing literacy and education in some of the world's regions in greatest need. By acting to establish and ignite engaging learning environments through the development and publishing of locally-authored and designed children books, training teachers and teacher-librarians, resourcing libraries as well as distributing significant numbers of high quality reading materials, CODE focuses on inspiring young minds to improve their literacy and comprehension with the hope that they become critical thinkers and life-long learners, all in working towards nurturing a literate civil society.

For more information about CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature
Geneviève “Vivi” Spicer
Manager, Integrated Marketing and Communications
CODE
613-232-3569, ext. 252
gspicer@code.ngo

For instructions, award guidelines, nomination forms, and FAQs, please visit code.ngo/codes-burt-award-for-african-literature or contact the implementation partner in your country

CODE’s Burt Award for Ethiopian Young Adult Literature
CODE-Ethiopia
P.O. Box 9443, Arat Kilo Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Codeethiopia2010.11@gmail.com/ nemabehutiye@gmail.com  
+251 111 266 563 / +251 0919 -34-38-49 / +2510913-00-39-51
www.code-ethiopia.org 

CODE’s Burt Award for Ghanaian Young Adult Literature
Ghana Book Trust
No. 16 IPS Road, Legon, Accra, Ghana
P.O. Box LG536, Legon, Accra, Ghana
info@ghanabooktrust.com
+233 302 502 495 / +233 244 383 724
www.ghanabooktrust.com

CODE’s Burt Award for Kenyan Young Adult Literature
National Book Development Council of Kenya
Golf Course Phase 1, Ngobit Estate, House No. 116B, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box 10904-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
info@nationalbookcouncilkenya.org
+254 770 108556
www.nationalbookcouncilkenya.org

CODE’s Burt Award for Tanzanian Young Adult Literature
Children’s Book Project for Tanzania
Kijitonyama Area, Plot No. 271, Block 44, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
childrensbooktz@gmail.com
+ 255 222 773 392
www.cbp.or.tz

 


Date: 
27 March 2017
News Type: 
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