Applications are now being invited for the prestigious Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature which recognize and celebrate excellence in stories targeting African children.
Apart from the $20,000 cash prizes, this year’s prize packages include publishing opportunities, mentorship opportunities and opportunities to attend exclusive Golden Baobab workshops and award ceremonies.
Golden BaoGolden Baobab is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to ensuring that African children have access to whimsical, delightful and magical African stories that will inspire their imaginations and ensure they fall in love with reading. The prizes seek to discover, nurture and celebrate the very best African writers and illustrators of children’s content.
Competition details

  •   Established in 2008, the Golden Baobab awards three literature prizes annually: the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book, the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Book, and the Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers. Over the past 5 years Golden Baobab has inspired the creation of over 1,000 African stories for children and discovered and celebrated many stellar African writers.
  • Books for children however need artistic accompaniment so discovering and celebrating African writers and illustrators of children’s stories is Golden Baobab’s next mission!

Worth of Award
The 6 Golden Baobab Prizes are:
The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book;This prize is awarded annually to the most captivating unpublished African manuscript for a picture book targeting readers aged 6 – 8 years old. Submissions should be between 700 and 2,000 words in length. The Golden Baobab Prize package includes an award of $5,000 (USD), the opportunity to publish with and receive royalties from Golden Baobab and/or Golden Baobab’s top tier African and international publishing partners, the benefit of increased publicity that comes with being named a Golden Baobab Prize winner, and the opportunity to attend a Golden Baobab award ceremony
The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books;This prize is awarded annually to the most captivating unpublished African manuscript for an early chapter book targeting readers aged 9 -11 years old. Submissions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. The Golden Baobab Prize package includes an award of $5,000 (USD), the opportunity to publish with and receive royalties from Golden Baobab and/or Golden Baobab’s top tier African and international publishing partners, the benefit of increased publicity that comes with being named a Golden Baobab Prize winner, and the opportunity to attend a Golden Baobab award ceremony.
The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers; This prize is awarded annually to a young African author under the age of 18 who demonstrates the talent and drive to become the next great African author for children. Entrants must submit a Rising Writer Personal Profile and an unpublished story that meets the Early Chapter Book Prize requirements (5,000 – 10,000 words intended for readers from ages 9-11 years). In addition to these, entrants who wish to do so may submit 4 more stories. These additional stories can meet either the Picture Book Prize requirements or the Early Chapter Book Prize requirements. It is not compulsory to submit additional stories but they may strengthen an entrant’s candidacy. Please note that entrants below age 18 who submit stories but do not submit a Rising Writer Personal Profile will only be considered for the individual book prize category in which their submissions fall, and will not be considered for the Rising Writer Prize. The winner of this prize will receive $2,500 (USD), the benefit of increased publicity that comes with being named a Golden Baobab Prize winner and mentorship opportunities. The winner will also serve on the prestigious panel of judges for the 2015 Golden Baobab Prize, bringing a critical young perspective to the evaluation process.
The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators; This prize is awarded annually to an African illustrator of any age who demonstrates the talent and passion for illustrating for children and has a track record to show for it. The prize package for this award includes $5,000 (USD), the opportunity to attend a Golden Baobab award ceremony and a travelling exhibition of artist’s illustrations.
The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Illustrators; This prize is awarded annually to a young African illustrator under the age of 18 who demonstrates the talent and drive to become the next great African illustrator for children. The prize package for this award includes $2,500 (USD), mentorship opportunities, the opportunity to attend a Golden Baobab award ceremony and a travelling exhibition of artist’s illustrations.
The Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature Award: This new award is to recognize African writers/illustrators who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding significance to the development of African children’s literature. Golden Baobab will communicate how this prize will be run.
How to apply

  • All applications are to be made online, see link below.

Deadline: Submission deadline is June 29, 2014.
Click here for details and to apply online.

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