Novuyo Tshuma

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Novuyo Tshuma
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

(1988-01-28) 28 January 1988 (age 34)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • writer
  • author
Notable work
House of Stone

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


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. Tshuma's short stories have been featured in various anthologies, which include The Bed Book of Short Stories (Modjaji Books, 2010); A Life In Full and Other Stories: Caine Prize Anthology 2010 (New Internationalist, 2010) and Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe (amaBooks, 2011). [3] Most recently, her short fiction and non-fiction has been featured in McSweeney's, Ploughshares and The Displaced Anthology edited by the Pulitzer prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. In 2013, she shot to recognition 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.[4]

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.[5][6] She received the Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Bellagio Center Literary Arts Residency Award for her work in 2017.[7] Tshuma earned her MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. She has taught graduate fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and serves on the Writing, Literature and Publishing Faculty at Emerson College as an assistant professor of fiction.[citation needed]

Tshuma's novel, House of Stone, was longlisted for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize and shortlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, the 2020 Balcones Fiction Prize and the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize.[8] House of Stone won a 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award in the "Fiction with a sense of place" category and was awarded the 2019 Bulawayo Arts Award for Outstanding Fiction.[9]


  • 2020 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship[10]

Selected works[edit]

  • Shadows. A novella published in 2013.[11]
  • House of Stone. A novel published in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Books in June 2018.[12][13][14]


  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. ^ "Gambit (The Art of Creating) No. 1 - Novuyo Rosa Tshuma | the Mantle".
  4. ^ "Tshuma for top African award". Southern Eye. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  5. ^ Thomas Okes (8 April 2014). "Africa's 39 Finest Writers". Oprah Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  6. ^ Margaret Busby (10 April 2014). "Africa39: how we chose the writers for Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Novuyo Rosa Tshuma | Iowa Writers' Workshop | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | The University of Iowa". Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  8. ^ "2019 Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018 winners". Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Novuyo Rosa Tshuma: 2020 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction". Lannan Foundation. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  11. ^ Tshuma, Novuyo Rosa (2013). Shadows. Kwela Books. ISBN 978-0-7957-0480-2.
  12. ^ Mengestu, Dinaw (8 March 2019). "A First Novel Explores Zimbabwe's Troubled History". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  13. ^ Tshuma, Novuyo Rosa (21 January 2020). House of Stone. W. W. Norton, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-393-35768-4.
  14. ^ "House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma review – Zimbabwe's story extraordinarily told | Fiction | The Guardian". Retrieved 27 May 2022.

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