For an outstanding book in African literary studies, which is the first book by the author, and published in the preceding calendar year. The award comes with a $250.00 cash prize.
2023 Winner: Matthew H. Brown
Indirect Subjects: Nollywood's Local Address
Duke University Press, 2021
2022 Winner: Naminata Diabate
Naked Agency: Genital Cursing and Biopolitics in Africa
Duke University Press, 2020
The Tongue-Tied Imagination: Decolonizing Literary Modernity in Senegal
Fordham University Press, 2019
2020 Winner: Cajetan Iheka
Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature
Cambridge University Press, 2018
Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa
University of Minnesota Press, 2017
Publishing Africa in French: Literary Institutions and Decolonization 1945-1967
Liverpool University Press, 2016
Grounds of Engagement: Apartheid-Era African-American and South African Writing
University of Illinois Press, 2015
African in Stereo: Modernism, Music, and Pan-African Solidarity
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History
Athens: Ohio University Press, 2013.
Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature
Athens: Ohio University Press, 2012.
See this year's Call for Nominations in Announcements for the dates and details on the next competition.