The Milford committee is delighted to announce the bursary winners for 2023 are Akotowaa Ofori from Accra, Ghana. and Neon Yang, from Norwich, UK. Both writers will be participaring in the Milford Writers’ Conference in September.
Ivana Akotowaa Ofori is a Ghanaian storyteller. Known also by the alias of “The Spider Kid,” she is a weaver of words in many forms, including fiction, non-fiction and spoken-word poetry. An alumna of the inaugural JIAS Creative Writers’ Workshop, Akotowaa has been nominated for various awards, including the 2021 Miles Morland Writing Fellowship and the 2020 Nommo Awards. Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Writivism’s And Morning Will Come (2021), Tor.com’s Africa Risen (2022), and Clinamen Editions’ Daring Shifts (2023). Her work also appears in online magazines such as Jalada Africa and AFREADA. Her debut novella, The Year of Return, will be published in 2024 by Android Press. She lives in Accra, Ghana.
Neon Yang is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas from Tor.Com Publishing and The Genesis of Misery from Tor Books. Their work has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, Lambda Literary and World Fantasy Awards, among others. Neon is queer, non-binary, and lives in the UK. Find them on Instagram as @itsneonyang, and otherwise at http://neonyang.com.