MZUZU--Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) will award its best writers at Bwalo la Aluso Festival next month.
The function, that will be held at Crossroads Hotel in the capital Lilongwe, has been enhanced with funds provided under the Cultural Support Scheme financed by the Royal Nowergian Embassy and administered by Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA).
Speaking in an interview with MaraPost, Mawu president Sambalikagwa Mvona said different arts associations in the country will recognise best performers in their respective fields with Mawu giving awards to best short story writers, novelists and non-fiction writers.
"We have already set up a committee which is working on the nominations and we have also identified some competent individuals who will be the judges," said Mvona, himself a short story writer, novelist and editor.
Mvona hailed COSOMA for organising the event, saying it is very timely since it will play a motivational role in inspiring artists and writers in the country.
"The community of writers in the country is growing significantly. We need to motivate and recognise them, and the COSOMA function will achieve just that," he said.
According to a press statement from COSOMA released last week and signed by the organising chairman, Andrew Chisamba, the arts festival will be celebrated under the theme "Consolidating Artistic Diversity."
The following will participate: Book Publishers Associations of Malawi (BPAM), Photographers Association of Malawi (PHOTAMA), Film Association of Malawi (FAMA), Visual Arts Association of Malawi (VAAM), Journalist Union of Malawi (JUMA), Poetry Association of Malawi (PAMA), National Theatre Association of Malawi (NTAM), Musicians Association of Malawi (MAM) and Malawi Folk Dance, Music and Song Society (MFODMAS).
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