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Winners Announced for the 2013 Bessie Head Literature Awards

The Bessie Head Heritage Trust, together with Pentagon Publishers, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Bessie Head Literature Awards for Novel, Short Story, and Children's Story.
The winners are as follows:
Novel

1st prize

Ms Veronica Jane McLean The Hot Chain

2nd position

Mr Mr Jack Wachira Mithamo Prosperity Diamonds

3rd position

Ms One Pamela Pusumane The Girl on the Other Side of the Mirror
Short Story

1st prize

Mr Moreetsi Pius Gabang “Lesilo mo Maun”

2nd position

Ms Wada Goitsemang “Uncle B”

3rd position

Ms Tumisang Baatshwana “Melodi”
Children's Story

1st prize

Ms Margaret Baffour-Awuah “Two Frogs Go A'Wandering”

2nd position

no winner  

3rd position

no winner  
Our congratulations to all the winners!

 
The winners this year will receive cash prizes, as per the following schedule:
  Novel Short Story Children's Story
First prize P2500 P1500 P1200
1st runner-up P1200 P900 P800
2nd runner-up P800 P600 P500

Please note that every year we offer substantial prizes for best novel and best short story. Every other year we offer a poetry prize; in alternate years a prize for best children's story. As we offered a poetry prize in 2011, in 2013 we offered a prize in the category Children's Story.

The first competition was held in 2007. A devoted Committee undertook the work of organising the inaugural contest and judging the entries even before we became a Trust. The first awards were presented at the BessieFest 2007 in Serowe, and a number of the winning entries have since been published by Pentagon Publishers.

History of the Bessie Head Awards
Year    Winners PDF Entry Rules
2011 winners-2011 2011 entry-rules-2011
2010 winners-2010 2010 entry-rules-2010
2009 winners-2009 2009 entry-rules-2009
2008 winners-2008 2008 entry-rules-2008
2007 winners-2007 2007 entry-rules-2007
 ALL winners-all-years  ALL  

Why do we honour Bessie Head?
The Bessie Head Literature Awards have been sponsored by Pentagon Publishers and administered by the Bessie Head Heritage Trust. The Trust was established in June 2007 to promote the life and work of Bessie Head both here and abroad. We believe this competition is important for two reasons: (a) to help preserve Bessie Head's legacy in Botswana, since she is our country’s most famous writer who has gained broad recognition overseas; and (b) to encourage the development of local literature in various genres in English.

Bessie Head herself was generous with her time when students asked her for assistance and advice, and we believe that this generosity is best reflected in a vigorous effort to promote literature and reading in Botswana.

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