Nigerian’s Irenosen Okojie’s debut novel Butterfly Fish has been shortlisted for the 2016 Betty Trask Prize. Butterfly Fish is her first book, and her short story collection Speak Gigantular will be published by Jacaranda Books Art Music in September.
The Betty Trask Awards are given annually to the debut novelists under the age of 35, to celebrate “young authors writing in a traditional or romantic style”. The winner will receive £10,000 (about R225,000) and will be announced at an ceremony on 21 June. The three runners-up will each receive a Betty Trask Award worth £5,000.