Third World Quarterly (TWQ) is delighted to announce and to support a prize for the best and most innovative article submitted in the field of African Studies. The cash prize will be awarded from
2025.

Submissions for the first award opened on 1 January 2024 and will close on 31 December 2024. A panel of African Studies specialists from the journal’s editorial board will review and select the winning submission for publication in TWQ during 2025.

The award winner will receive a grant of US$1000 and is encouraged to promptly submit their winning article to TWQ for publication, where it will receive rapid peer review and feedback.

The Prize review and selection process will be administered by Professor Beth Le Roux, Publishing Studies, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Please do contact Professor Beth Le Roux ([email protected]) for more information.

About Kassahun Checole

Kassahun Checole announcing the award at the, African Studies Association (ASA) 2023

Image: Kassahun Checole, African Studies Association (ASA) 2023

This prize is being instituted in honour of Kassahun Checole and the contributions he has made to the field through his trailblazing publishing over 40 years. Checole established Africa World Press in 1983 followed by the Red Sea Press two years later.

“Our community has knowledge of self.”

Kassahun Checole

Checole has without doubt successfully accomplished his aim of creating emancipatory knowledge by Africans and others, and published numerous major contributions to the entire field of African Studies.

Checole continues to support and facilitate the publication of “books we write on our own” (Troy Johnson interviews Checole at Book Expo America, 2008), and promote “knowledge production [that is] committed to knowing Africa through African eyes ” (Knowledge production and publishing in Africa, Zegeye A. and Vambe M, 2006).