By Iminza Keboge
Published April 1, 2017
Touted as being Africa’s leading literary award for children’s works, the Accra (Ghana)-based Golden Baobab Prize awards prizes in three categories:
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 4-8
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 9-11, and
- The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators, for the best artwork that matches illustration briefs provided, intended for children ages 4-11.
All winners will receive a cash prize of US$5000 and press publicity. Winners of the literature prizes are guaranteed a publishing deal. Longlisted and Shortlisted writers are connected with publishers across Africa.
Finalist illustrators participate in exhibitions and have their work shared with a network of African and international publishers.
Further details on the prize are available at goldenbaobab.org website.
The SEK 5 million prize, known as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.