Geko Publishing today announced the establishment of the inaugural Geko Thomas Mofolo Prize to honour Outstanding Sesotho Fiction writers from the continent and abroad.

The winning manuscript will be announced at a ceremony in Johannesburg later in December 2019. The published manuscript, will be released and launched early next year when the Prize accepts submissions for 2020.

The winning manuscript will receive a publishing distribution agreement with Geko Publishing (Pty) Ltd.

Further to this, the winning manuscript will be submitted to Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Creative Writing Summer School in Kimberley. SPU reserves the right of admission to its Summer School.

The applications for manuscript writers opens in March of every year and closes in July.

“The Geko Thomas Mofolo Prize for Outstanding Sesotho Fiction is aimed at igniting interest and efforts in the writing of new, imaginative and original fiction in Sesotho in the modern age,” says Phehello Mofokeng, publisher and inaugural Chair of the prize.

“It is also a modern literary honour to the African pioneer of African languages literature tradition.”

Thomas Mokopu Mofolo is the most important writer in the Sesotho canon. He was born on 22 December 1876, in Khojane, Leribe, Lesotho. Mofolo’s work belongs to the world classical canon of literature.

With his prolific writing, Mofolo pioneered African literary tradition with his “Moeti wa Bochabela” in 1907, “Pitseng” in 1910 and “Chaka” in 1925. The library at the National University of Lesotho is named in his honour.

All manuscripts, enquiries and information requests should be directed – in writing – to mofoloprize@gekopublishing.co.za Full details on Geko Thomas Mofolo Prize for Outstanding Sesotho Fiction can be found on www.gekopublishing.co.za/mofoloprize

ABOUT GEKO: Founded in 2007, Geko Publishing is devoted to strengthening African languages literature tradition.

For more information on Geko Thomas Mofolo Prize, kindly contact us as follows: Chair: Thomas Mofolo Prize for Outstanding Fiction www.gekopublishing.co.za/mofoloprize mofoloprize@gekopublishing.co.za

ENDS

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