Cordite Books has announced the winner of its 2014 Crime Fiction Contest. The winner is Blessing Musariri from Zimbabwe. She won with the manuscript; “Useful Knowledge for a World Class Detective”. Blessing Musariri will receive $1000 plus a Cordite Books publishing deal.
Blessing Musariri has published four children’s titles, two of which have won national awards in Zimbabwe. She has also written short stories and poems published in various international anthologies and online magazines. She holds a Masters degree in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster.
The second place winner is Demola Adeniran with “Descent of the Hills” and third place is David Oritogun with “The World is Your Oyster.” They will receive $250 and $200 respectively. The competition was announced in 2013 and received over 70 manuscripts from all over the continent.
Helon Habila, award winning author and editor of Cordite Books, describes the winning story as “Intelligent and well written. A hardcore detective story in the tradition of No 1 Ladies Detective Agency – but totally original in its own way. The protagonist is a 25 year old, plucky, ambitious, girl with an interesting back story.”
Read more about the announcement here.