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Novuyo Tshuma
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

(1988-01-28) 28 January 1988 (age 31)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Notable work

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (born 28 January 1988) is a Zimbabwean writer. She is the author of Shadows, a novella and House of Stone, a novel.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Tshuma was born and grew up in Bulawayo, a major city in Zimbabwe. She completed her high-school education at Girls' College, Bulawayo, where she studied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and French for her A Levels. She is an alumna of the University of Witwatersrand, where she studied Economics and Finance. In 2009, her short story "You in Paradise" won the Intwasa Short Story Competition (now the Yvonne Vera Award) for short fiction before she shot to recognition in 2013 following the release of her collection Shadows, which was published by Kwela Books. Shadows was nominated at the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature and also won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize.[3] In 2014, Tshuma was listed as part of Africa39, a collaborative project by Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club recognising 39 of the most promising writers from Africa under the age of 40.[4][5] A one-time Magtag Fellow at the MFA Creative Writing Programme at the University of Iowa, Tshuma is presently pursuing her PhD at the University of Houston's Literature & Creative Writing Programme.[6]

Tshuma's novel, House of Stone, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize.[7] House of Stone won a 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award in the "Fiction with a sense of place" category.[8]


  • Shadows. A novella published in 2013.
  • House of Stone. A novel published in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Books in June 2018.


  1. ^ "'Future of Zim writing is bright'". The Herald News. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Novuyo Rosa Tshuma new book "House of Stone" out in June". James Murua's Literature Blog. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Tshuma for top African award". Southern Eye. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ Thomas Okes (8 April 2014). "Africa's 39 Finest Writers". Oprah Magazine. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  5. ^ Margaret Busby (10 April 2014). "Africa39: how we chose the writers for Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Fungai Machirori Interviews Novuyo Rosa Tshuma". Munyori Literary Journal. 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  7. ^ "2019 Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018 winners". Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.

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