Young and talented writer, Tlotlo Tsamaase, has emerged the winner of the inaugural Black Crake Books Awards.
Tsamaase scooped first prize with her novel entitled The Skies Fall.The winning novel will be published by Black Crake Books and is expected to be in stores later on in the year.
The prize was awarded by founder and director of Black Crake Books, Nick Green, at the National Museums Little Theatre this week. “The awards have shown that the talent and desire is there, and we at Black Crake Books are looking forward to unearthing and publishing more talented writers,” said Green.
“I am beyond ecstatic! I would like to thank Black Crake Books for this amazing competition and making publishing so possible for writers in our country.
It makes writers feel appreciated, beamed Tsamaase.
Her manuscript, The Skies Fall, is a young adult science fiction novel set in a futuristic Palapye, Botswana where people are being sucked up into the sky .
Together with a publishing contract, Tsamaase received a cash prize of P2500.00.
The second prize which included a publishing contract and P1500 was awarded to Julie Adams for her manuscript, Jolly – The Life of an Indian girl in Southern Africa.
Third prize was awarded to Leungo Serumola for her manuscript Pleasant Break, and a cash prize of P500.
“We are looking forward to working alongside these talented writers,” said Green. “With regards the next awards, submissions will commence later on this year in August. We are looking forward to discovering new talent and publishing more books,” Green said.