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.
The inaugural prizes will consider works published in Isele Magazine from inception (July 2020) to January 2022. Next year, judges will consider works published after January 31, 2022.
The Isele Short Story Prize
The prize is for a short story (including flash fiction) published in Isele Magazine in the past year.
The judges will publish the longlist of ten stories in February, and a shortlist of five stories in March. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the end of April.
The Isele Poetry Prize
The prize is for a suite of poems or single poems published in Isele Magazine in the past year.
The judges will publish the longlist of ten suites of poems or single poems in February, and a shortlist of five in March. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the end of April.
The Isele Nonfiction Prize
The prize is for an essay published in Isele Magazine in the past year.
The judges will publish the longlist of ten essays in February, and a shortlist of five essays in March. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the end of April.
Longlists Announced: February 21, 2022
Shortlists Announced: March 21, 2022
Winners Announced: April 26, 2022
We will occasionally update this page with the most recent news about the Isele Prizes, including the longlists, the shortlists, the winners, the interviews with our writers, and details about the awards ceremony.
The Isele Prizes Podcast
Watch out for our weekly conversations with our shortlisted writers about their writing processes, their inspirations, and the books they want us to read.
For now, you can listen to our book chat with the South African feminist scholar, Prof. Barbara Boswell.
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