Call for Applications: The Dr Lenrie Peters Memorial Prize for Gambian Literature 2020
In observance of World Book and Copyright Week to held in April 2020, the Writers’ Association of The Gambia (WAG, in partnership with the National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and UNESCO, in their quest to promote a literary culture in The Gambia, have on 26th April, 2019 instituted an annual literary prize for Gambian writers and scholars known as the Dr Lenrie Peters Memorial Prize for Gambian Literature (LPMP). The prize is aimed at bringing Gambian authors to public attention and celebrating excellence in literary breakthroughs and accomplishments in the nation.
The prize is administered on behalf of the Writers’ Association of The Gambia by an Advisory Board made up of old members of the Writers’ Association of The Gambia. Winners will be announced in May 2020 during the WAG World Book and Copyright Week celebrations 2020.
At its inception in 2019, the monetary reward was only certificates and sasses, which was changed to D5, 000 with a certificate and a trophy to be donated by individuals, organizations, etc. In 2019, yet another vital change in the administration led to the decision of a monetary reward of D5, 000 for each of the prizes.
The purpose of this literary prize is to honor literary erudition by Gambian authors by WAG. The funding period for this award is from 2019-2021 and the agencies that instituted the prize in 2019 are the WAG, NCAC and UNESCO.
The prize is a Gambian literary award to be given annually to deserving Gambian authors in the following: poetry, drama, prose, Gambian literature laureates, and young male and female writers of the year. For its commencement in April 2019, WAG has honored 27 Gambian writers in honor of literary erudition by Gambian authors. The categories of prizes to be awarded in 2020 are as follows:
Young Writers Category for 2020: Male and Female Young Writers of 2020 (2 people)
Gambian Literature Laureates Category for 2020: Male and Female Writers of 2020 in Prose, Poetry and Drama respectively (8 people)
Reward: D5, 000 cash prizes, an award and a trophy for the winners.
Awarded for: Excellence and literary craftsmanship
Date: Annual/ 1st Saturday of May of every year (2 May 2020)
The winners will be announced by the Advisory Board for the Lenrie Peters Memorial Prize for Literature on 2 May 2020.
1. Must have published at least 2 books either in or outside The Gambia,
2. The book must have been approved by MoBSE, or have a literary merit in and outside The Gambia;
3. Must be living in or outside The Gambia and must be a Gambian by nationality;
4. Must be a registered member of the Writers’ Association of The Gambia (WAG);
5. Submissions must be unpublished and can be on any topic and any genre,
6. Word Count (between 2,000 – 5,000 words for short stories, 25 lines for poetry, and one-act play for drama) .
Selection: Winners will be announced in May 2020.
How to Apply:
Send a copy of your book together with an approval letter from MoBSE, together with evidence of Gambian citizenship (photocopy of Gambian passport or national identity card) may be submitted either by authors or publishers in accordance with the genres in competition.
Entries shall be sent to:
The Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Lenrie Peters Memorial Prize for Literature 2020,
C/O NCAC Research and Documentation Unit, Fajara, or via email to:
Assessment Criteria for the 2020 Dr. Lenrie Peters Memorial Prize (LPMP)
• Themes/subjects with regard to relevance to society
• Time (historical, contemporary and topical)
2. Maturity and depth of vision
• Seriousness of content
• Handling of language
3. Unity and coherence of content
4. Thematic engagement
• Artistic commitment
• Social commitment
5. Creative use of language
• Mechanical correctness of use of language
• Imagery and other poetic devices
• Contribution to Gambian Literature
6. Quality of production
– Quality of binding
-Print quality, choice and size of font, readability.
PANEL OF JUDGES for 2020
Mr. Hassoum Ceesay (Chairman, Panel of Judges)
Hon. Nana Grey-Johnson
Mrs. Sukai Mbye-Bojang
Mrs. Jadnet Badjan Young
Prof. Victor Owhotu (External Consultant)
Ms. Ramatoulie O. Othman
Prof. Dr. Pierre Gomez (Chairman, Advisory Board)
Mr. Fodeh Baldeh
Mrs. Patience Sonko-Godwin
Mr. Baba Sillah