Itanile Announces the Suspension of the Collins Elesiro Prize

The Itanile team regrets to announce the suspension of the biannual Collins Elesiro Literary Prize. While we thoroughly enjoyed reading the over 60 entries for this edition, we would not be moving forward with a longlist or shortlist; as such, there would be no publication of the June Magazine.

We are presently working on several strategies to revamp the biannual literary prize, as we opine that the current structure has served its purpose up to this point. Thus, the Itanile team would not be releasing a longlist or shortlist; we wouldn’t be publishing shortlisted entries in an anthology, either.

We apologize for the inconveniences this may cause to all entrants – as well as our diversely encouraging community. We ask that you stay with us as we devise new ways to serve you better as a literary and publishing platform. We would be in your mails and notifications as soon as we have successfully created new structures for advancing African literature. Meanwhile, we ask that you feast on our previous magazines during this wait (find here).

We would be in touch soon.

Michael Emmanuel,

For the Itanile Team.

About the Author

Jeff Omenyuru

Jeff Ugochukwu Omenyuru was born in a small polyglot town in Bauchi, Nigeria. Growing up, he was fascinated with the mechanisms of difference and how they shape our perceptions and guide us through space, which led him to writing and continues to inform his storytelling. He is also interested in helping writers close the gap between what's on the page and their imagination. Jeff mostly writes early in the morning, then sits with other people's writings through the day, either as a freelance or in-house editor at Itanile Magazine.

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