Hussani Abdulrahim, Chidi Ebere Make The 2024 SoA Awards Shortlists

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The Society of Authors (SoA) has announced shortlisted authors for the ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award, the Betty Trask Prize, the Paul Torday Memorial Prize, the Queen’s Knickers Award, the McKitterick Prize, the Gordon Bowker Volcano Prize, and the books celebrated by the ADCI Literary Prize out of which Hussani Abdulrahim (Nigerian), Chidi Ebere (British-Nigerian) are shortlisted candidates for the ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award and McKitterick Prize respectfully.

The Society of Authors (SoA) is a United Kingdom trade union for professional writers, illustrators and literary translators, founded in 1884 to protect the rights and further the interests of authors. In 2020 membership stood at over 12,000. The SoA is a member of the European Writers’ Council. The SoA also administers grants and prizes to support and celebrate authors at all stages of their careers.

Judged by Sophie Haydock, Yan Ge, Brian Chikwava and Peter Hobbs, Hussani Abdulrahim makes the shortlist for the ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award with “Arewa Boys”.

Judged by Anietie Isong, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Rebecca Foster, Gonzalo C. Garcia and Rónán Hession, Chidi Ebere also made the shortlist for the McKitterick Prize with “Now I Am Here”, published by Pan Macmillan, Picador.

Hussani Abdulrahim is a graduate of Pure Chemistry from Usmanu Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Nigeria. He has received several recognitions for his writings, including 2019 Poetically Written Prose Contest (winner), WRR Green Author Prize 2016 (winner), Boston Reviews Aura Estrada 2019 Short Story Contest (finalist), 2019 ACT Award (shortlisted), Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2019 (shortlisted), Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2019 (shortlisted), 2018 ANA Kano/Peace Panel Poetry Prize (winner). His works appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Praxis Magazine, KSR, and Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian Poetry. 

Chidi Ebere was born and raised in Oxford and spent part of his childhood in Nigeria before returning to the UK. His short stories have appeared in UK Cosmopolitan, Ambit and West 8. He has also written on architecture and urbanism for Archis, Harvard Design Magazine, the Journal of Architecture and others. He now lives in Amsterdam. Now I Am Here is his first novel.

Congratulations Hussani and Chidi!


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