We are delighted to announce the longlists for the inaugural edition of The Isele Prizes.
Narrowing down the short stories, poems, and essays for the longlists was challenging because the works that we publish at Isele Magazine are brilliant, defiant, and poignantly explore themes that challenge conventional expectations. Publishing them was such a joy. These exceptional writers remind us of the transformative power of stories and the beauty of language.
The works that appear in these longlists encapsulate our mission: to provide a platform for writers who hold a mirror to our society.
On that note, here are the longlists according to their categories and in no particular order:
The Isele Short Story Prize
“The Year of the Sun” by Esther Ifesinachi Okonkwo
“Today She Will” by Saratu Abiola
“Right” by Rilla Askew
“Sunset Dreams” by Troy Onyango
“Witch Hazel” by Gabriela Denise Frank
“Souvenir” by Roseline Mgbodichinma
“The Newlyweds Window” by Husnah Mad-hy
“The Children of No 39 Faulks Street” by Innocent Chizaram Ilo
“The Only One I Have Not Lost” by Dennis Mugaa
“Deliverance” by Jadesola Ajao
The Isele Poetry Prize
“Two Poems” by Romeo Oriogun
“Five Poems” by Adeyele Adeniran
“Four Poems” by Joanna George
“Balls of Mess” by Muyera Sokoo
“The One Good Eye of the Room” by Susan Rich
“Six Poems” by Sarah Rebecca Kersley
“Six Poems” by Francine Simon
“Three Poems” by Kelli Russell Agodon
“Three Poems” by Chisom Okafor
The Isele Nonfiction Prize
“Serengeti Saga” by Sylvia K. Ilahuka
“Sense of Touch” by Nora Nneka
“Feeling Your Way Home” by Uche Osondu
“A Personal History of Cantaloupes” by Dot Armstrong
“Women Who Bleed Colors” by Ope Adedeji
“Adjuncts in the Age of the Coronavirus” by Frances Cannon
“The Feminine and the Oracular” by Itiola Jones
“This is Not My Hand on Your Back” by Tyler Orion
“Cracks in Glass Identities” by Seyi Agboola
“An Odd Sort of Thursday” by Ria Dhingra
About The Isele Prizes
This literary project celebrates the best of short stories, poetry, and essays by writers published in Isele Magazine.
The prizes are split into three categories – short stories, poetry, and essays, and each category is judged by a panel of two judges. The longlists of ten stories, ten suites of poems or single poems, and eight essays will be announced in February, while the shortlists of five works per category will be revealed at the end of March. The winners will receive $200 each, presented to them at a ceremony at the end of April.
Only works published in Isele Magazine will be considered for the prizes, and the longlisted works will appear in the annual print project – The Best of Isele Anthology.
At Isele Magazine, we believe that literature and the arts are an integral part of the daily conversations that uplift and shape our thinking. We publish writers and artists who hold a mirror to our society and challenge conventional expectations about ways of being, how to be, and who decides who should be.
Longlists Announced: February 21, 2022
Shortlists Announced: March 21, 2022
Winners Announced: April 26, 2022
See here for the all the latest news and updates about the prizes.