Sunday, June 23, 2024

The Black Crake Books Awards

Gaborone ÔÇô Black Crake Books is proud to announce its very first writing awards. The publishing company is calling on all writers to submit their manuscripts in the hope of winning a publishing contract, cash prizes, and international recognition.
“These awards were conceptualised in order to motivate Batswana to take up the writing profession which can be very rewarding and satisfying,” said Nick Green, President of the Black Crake Books Awards. The Black Crake Books Awards (BCBA) have been set in place in order to help promote Botswana’s literary voice to the world. To enter the awards one must comply with a set of rules, one of which is that the manuscript should not be less than 65, 000 words. “Writers should give a short summary of their work, and the work submitted must not be previously published in any format or be under consideration for publishing with any other publisher,” added Green.
Black Crake Books was established in 2012 with the mission of growing the culture of writing in Botswana and to nurture local talent. The publishing company has to date published four books; The Last Rhino, a novel by John H. Galbraith in the true African romance school; a real page turner that carries an important message for anybody interested in the plight of the world’s last rhinos.┬áBoathouse to Botswana┬áis a hilarious collection of safari guest anecdotes and celebrity stories from the author’s twenty-year long hospitality career.┬áThe Horton Story┬áis Part I of Bernard Horton’s fascinating autobiography; how a boy turned his hobby of making crossbows into a multi-million dollar empire, and how he gave it all up to live with the Bushmen can be read in Part II entitled┬áMy Forever Heartache – Four Years of Discovery with the Kalahari Bushmen also published by Black Crake Books.
Two new signings, Lauri Kubuitsile and Legodile Seganabeng, with fantastic crime/detective novels make these very exciting times for Black Crake Books.
“Writers can download an entry form from the website I am really looking forward to reading through all the entries and uncovering the depth of talent that I know is out there in Botswana,” beams Nick.


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