The Burt Award for African Literature is a literary prize that recognizes excellence in young adult fiction from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya and recently in the Caribbean and Canada. Sponsored by CODE and made possible by the generosity of William Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Award addresses an ongoing shortage of relevant, quality books for young people in Africa, while at the same time promoting a love of reading and learning.

The Award consists of up to three cash prizes totaling $21,000 CAD for winning authors and a publishing contract for winning publishers. The award for the publishers include a guaranteed book purchase and distribution programme ensuring that winning titles are distributed to CODE-supported schools and libraries throughout these countries. Winning titles are eligible for international publication as eBooks.

The Burt Award for African Literature is supported in part by IBBY Canada. Members of IBBY are nominated to act as jurors in the Award process. IBBY’s role has recently been expanded to include workshop facilitation for emerging and experienced writers and publishers of youth fiction in Africa. [Read more]