The Hassum Ceesay Memorial Prize for Fiction

October 2016

Title: Hassum Ceesay Memorial Prize for Fiction

Frequency: awarded once a year every January 10th

Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: First prize: D20, 000; Second D10,000; Third D7,000


  • To reward Gambia based writers whose work has been published locally;
  • to help build a writing and publishing cultures in The Gambia;
  • To inculcate and promote the culture of reading in The Gambia;
  • To honour the literary legacy of Hassum Ceesay(1944-2010), one of the great Gambian authors and co-founder of Ndaanan literary magazine.

Submission standards

  • Works of fiction (prose, poetry, play) published in the form of a book in The Gambia from January 1st 2014 to December 31 2016 are eligible;
  • Authors will make the submission of one good copy of the entry;
  • An author can submit or enter for three categories of play, prose and poetry at one time;
  • Awards go to authors not publishers;
  • All entries must be accompanied by entry form fully filled in and signed by the author. Forms are available at the Secretary, Gambia National Museum, Independence Drive, Banjul;
  • Entries should be submitted to the Secretary, Hassum Ceesay Memorial Prize for Literature, Gambia National Museum, Independence Drive, Banjul on or before 31 December 2016.
  • For further inquiries please call 7781 963/9481963/3606551/7961406 or by email:

Partners: Writers Association of The Gambia; National Centre for Arts and Culture, Family of Hassum Ceesay (1944-2010)

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