We are delighted to announce the longlists for the 2023 edition of The Isele Prizes.
The short stories, poems, and essays we publish at Isele Magazine are brilliant and defiant, and this made narrowing down the longlists quite challenging. We considered over 160 works in these categories, and our in-house judges agreed that the works on these lists capture our mission: to provide a platform for works that hold a mirror to our society. These writers continually remind us of the transformative power of stories and the beauty of language. Publishing them was an honor.
On that note, here are the longlists according to their categories and in no particular order:
The Isele Short Story Prize
“Master Zambezi” by Ola W. Halim
“Pink Flower” by Jennifer Dickinson
“Millie Lorraine” by Josephine Sarvaas
“The Returnee” by Michelle Enehiwealu Iruobe
“Weaving” by Yvonne Kusiima
“Heart Weeds” by Shaun Anthony McMichael
“Potluck Jollof” by Nnamdi Anyadu
“When James Baldwin Came To Atlanta” by Charles Stephens
“The Tenderness of Iron” by Ishola Abdulwasiu Ayodele
“The Baby Doesn’t Have A Name” by Ahmad Adedimeji Amobi
The Isele Poetry Prize
“In The Parking Lot” by Alec Solomita
“Four Poems” by Echezonachukwu Nduka
“Three Poems” by Ber Anena
“Reborn” by Gary Beck
“Two Poems” by Salawu Olajide
“Self-Portrait of Grief as Fire” Zaynab Bobi
“Two Poems” by EJ Schoenborn
“Two Poems” by Ashia Ajani
“Pride” by Hayden Dansky
“At Night I Sing My Heads to Sleep” by Matt Hart
The Isele Nonfiction Prize
“Fall/Between Words” by Kharys Laue
“The Green Passport” by Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto
“My Street Food Lady” by Zary Fekete
“Lagos City Girls Never Pay For Pasta” by Adaorah Oduah
“Russian Doll” by Mustapha Enesi
“The Slipping Away” by Chinonso Nzeh
“Words: On the Linguistic Indoctrination of a Woman” by Cindy DiTiberio
“Short Essay on Music” by Adedayo Agarau
‘The Wonder of Childhood” by Chimezie Chika
“Young, Bald, and Woman” by Nike Onwu
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.
Follow this link to read more about how to submit your work for consideration, and click here to read more about our editors.
Longlists Announced: February 21, 2023
Shortlists Announced: March 21, 2023
Winners Announced: April 26, 2023
See here for the all the latest news and updates about the prizes.
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