2024 The Isele Prizes Shortlists Announced!

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The Isele Prizes have unveiled the shortlisted authors in the fiction, poetry, and non-fiction categories, aligning with the central focus of Isele Magazine.

Launched in July 2020, Isele Magazine publishes notable fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and book news/reviews from writers on the African continent and around the world. The magazine showcases writers and artists who reflect our society, challenge conventional expectations about existence, and explore who we are and who gets to decide.

Here are the shortlisted works by category:


  • “Propane, Propane” by Alex Leslie
  • “She Lingers” by Okoronkwo Chisom
  • “Parental Material” by Crystal Gross
  • “Origin of Giant Trees” by Elisha Oluyemi
  • “Fritɔŋ Surreal” by Victor Forna
  • “Is It Too Late” by Pegah Ouji


  • “How To Speak of a Miracle” by Joshua Chizoma
  • “Dear Father, I Write to You From the Land of the Living” by Ucheoma Onwutuebe
  • “Faint Lines” by Nwanne Agwu
  • “A Few More Words About Breasts” by Gloria Mwaniga
  • “Neither Here Nor There: Muslim Women and Resistance” by Izza Ahsan
  • “Waist Beads” by Ber Anena


  • “Three Poems” by Erinola Daranijo
  • “Gurl” by Taiwo Hassan
  • “Elegy” by Kharys Ateh Laue
  • “Two Poems” by Chiwenite Onyekwelu
  • “Two Poems” by Claire Pinkston
  • “Instead Of Measuring My Life In Productivity” by Melissa Sussens

The winners will be announced on May 15, 2024.

Click here to see the previous longlist announcement.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted writers!


Bakare Oluwatobiloba

I write to educate, motivate and define history with literature. Just being me!