CODE's Burt Award for African Literature

Burt Award for African Literature logoThe Burt Award for African Literature is a literary prize that recognizes excellence in young adult fiction from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya. 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 totalling $21,000 CAD and a publishing contract for winning authors. Publishers of winning titles participate in a guaranteed book purchase and distribution program ensuring that winning titles are distributed to CODE-supported schools and libraries throughout these four countries. Winning titles will also be 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.

Burt Award Tanzania

TANZANIA

The Burt Award in Tanzania is coordinated by the Children's Book Project (CBP), a Tanzanian, award-winning literacy organization.

Burt Award Ghana

GHANA

The Ghana Book Trust (GBT) is the local coordinating organization administering the Burt Award in Ghana.

Burt Award Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA

CODE-Ethiopia is the local coordinating organization administering the Burt Award in Ethiopia.

Kenya

KENYA

National Book Council of Kenya is the local coordinating organization administering the Burt Award in Kenya.