THE Jury of the 2022 Earl Lovelace Short Fiction Prize has announced ‘The Season of Heavy Rains’ by Oluwabusayo Madariola as winner of the maiden edition of the prize project.
The runner up is The Taste of Dust by Okechi Okeke.”
The winner will receive £500.
“I’ve now received all votes in for the competition. It clearly wasn’t an easy decision to make as the selections were quite disparate. Having said that, the winning story was the only story that had two judges pick it for first place (the rest had singular votes),” stated Chair of the Jury, Chioma Okereke, a Nigerian-born UK-based short story writer and poet, whose debut novel, ‘Bitter Leaf’ (2010) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – Africa Best First Book 2011.
“Shortlisted authors will be published in an anthology by Abibiman Publishing, which will be edited by Dr. Onyeka Nwelue, an Academic Visitor at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, who instituted the prize to honour the most important writer in the Caribbean, Earl Lovelace, who was born on July 13th, 1935,” said a statement from the promoters of the Prize.
Aside the Chair, other members of the Jury are: Lidudumalingani (South Africa), Tathiana Cassano (Brazil), Ikenna Okeh (Nigeria) and Javier Gutierrez Lozano (Mexico).