I’m thrilled to share some exciting news from my writing journey – I was shortlisted for a 2023 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship! Out of 600 entries from incredibly talented writers across the African continent, it’s truly an honour to find myself among the 19 writers on this year’s shortlist.
Firstly, a massive shout-out to the Miles Morland Foundation for creating this incredible platform that champions African voices. The Foundation’s commitment to supporting African literature is commendable and game-changing. This shortlisting is not just a personal win; it’s a celebration of African storytelling, and I’m immensely grateful to be part of it.
This year’s shortlist is a vibrant mix of fiction and non-fiction, showcasing our continent’s diverse narratives and perspectives. Being in the company of such talented writers, each with a unique voice and background, is humbling and inspiring. Congratulations to my fellow finalists – let’s keep weaving the rich tapestry of African literature!
I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has been part of my writing journey. Family, friends, mentors – your unwavering support has been my anchor. Writing can be a solitary pursuit, but having a community that believes in your voice makes all the difference. Seeing the announcement in Brittle Paper – where my first short story was published, and my first book was first reviewed – was an honour.
While the top spots may have slipped through my fingers this time around, being a finalist for this prestigious prize is a victory in itself. It’s a validation of the countless hours spent on my craft, the late nights absorbed in work, and the stubborn belief in the power of words. This recognition fuels my passion for storytelling, and I’m keen to dig even deeper into the Zimbabwean narratives that demand to be shared.
As I embark on the next phase of my writing journey, I’m acutely aware of the responsibility that comes with the craft. Stories have the power to transcend boundaries, challenge perspectives, and foster understanding. To fellow writers, aspiring wordsmiths, and lit enthusiasts – thank you for being creative champions.
Our collective love of nonsense is what keeps the literary flame burning; let’s continue to celebrate, uplift, and amplify diverse voices from every corner of our continent.
A luta continua.