Announcing the First Annual Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

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They say once Africa bites you, you never recover.

Poet and literary philanthropist Glenna Luschei has bestowed a generous award through the African Poetry Book Fund to fund a new prize for a collection by an African poet. Starting this year, the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry will be the first prize to recognize already published works of African poetry, with the winner receiving $5,000 and commendation at a ceremony in a major US city.

To be eligible for the Glenna Luschei Prize, a collection must have been published in 2013 by a recognized press, and the author must be of African nationality, African residency, or African parentage. Each prize will be judged by an internationally renowned poet, with the first prize to be judged by Nigerian writer and poet Chris Abani. Nominations for works published in 2013 are open from May 1 to July 1, 2014, with a winner to be announced in October 2014. Click here for full guidelines and to nominate collections for the Glenna Luschei Prize, or e-mail questions to

In addition to her work in literary philanthropy, Glenna Luschei founded Solo Press in 1966 and has published the poetry magazines Café Solo, Solo, Solo Café, and Solo Novo. Her latest volume of poetry, Leaving It All Behind, was published by Presa Press in 2011.