Previous Shortlists & Judges

2016 Joint Winners
Gbenga Adesina (Nigeria)
Chekwube O. Danladi (Nigeria)

Shortlisted Poets 2016
Victoria-Anne Bulley (Ghana)
Mary-Alice Daniel (Nigeria)
Amy Lukau (Angola)
Ngwatilo Mawiyoo (Kenya)

2015 Joint Winners
Safia Elhillo (Sudan)
Nick Makoha (Uganda)

Shortlisted Poets 2015
Inua Ellams (Nigeria)
Ngwatilo Mayiwoo (Kenya)
Bernard Matambo (Zambia)
Hope Wabuke (Uganda)

2014 Winner
Liyou Libsekal (Ethiopia)

Shortlisted Poets 2014
Viola Allo (Cameroon)
Inua Ellams (Nigeria)
Amy Lukau (Angola)
Nick Makoha (Uganda)
Vuyelwa Maluleke (South Africa)

2013  Winner
Warsan Shire (Somalia/Kenya)

Shortlisted Poets 2013
Peter Akinlabi (Nigeria)
Viola Allo  (Cameroon)
Lena Bezawurk Gronlund (Ethiopia)
Kayo Chingonyi (Zambia)
Chielozona Eze (Nigeria)

Judges 2016
Kwame Dawes
Bernardine Evaristo (Chair)
Tsitsi Jaji
John Keene
Helen Yitah

Judges 2015
Gabeba Baderoon
Malika Booker
Kwame Dawes
Bernardine Evaristo (Chair)
Warsan Shire

Judges 2014
Kwame Dawes
Bernardine Evaristo (Chair)
Mpalive Msiska
Daljit Nagra
Kadija Sesay

Judges 2013
Sharmilla Beezmohun
Kwame Dawes
Bernardine Evaristo (Chair)
Karen McCarthy Woolf
Mpalive Msiska