Call For Entries | Hausa Short Story Competition | Makarantar Malam Bambadiya & Pleasant Library And Books

As part of efforts to enhance indigenous writing in Hausa Language, Makarantar Malam Bambadiya and Pleasant Library and Books, Katsina, are set to launch the maiden edition of an annual Hausa Short Story Writing Competition, mainly to focus on issues concerning the Hausa people and Nigeria as a whole.

According to organizers, the competition is open to both male and female Hausa writers across the world. At the end of submissions, the best 3 writers will be handsomely rewarded, while 15 best written works will be compiled and published.

The released guideline for submission requires interested writers to send not more 500 words excerpt of their short stories to latest by 15 October 2017.

Subsequently, the best 45 written excerpts will be selected by the month of December 2017. While writers of the best 45 excerpts will then be required to send their full stories which will be submitted to the judges from which 3 best will be selected and the remaining 12 best written stories, by the month of January 2018. Winners will be announced in February 2018.

The winner will receive a cash prize of N55, 000 while the first and second runners up will cash in N35, 000 and N25, 000 respectively.

However, the remaining 12 other entries which will also be published in the anthology will be rewarded with a consolation prize of N12, 500 each. And all the 15 winning entries will be edited, reviewed, published and launched as an anthology at a mini – ceremony to be held in Katsina, Nigeria.

To participant in this competition, works to be submitted must be written in Hausa Language and also, must not have been previously published anywhere.
Only one submission per person is allowed.
Story must be the original work of the writer.
Excerpts to be submitted must not exceed 500 words while the entire story must not exceed 5,000 words.

All interested writers are expected to submit works that centre around the theme: “POVERTY”, the events that lead to poverty and its ill effects as well as how poverty is situated within households, communities, towns, cities and the country at large.

This can also encompass the resultant effects of poverty and how to reduce or eradicate poverty. This theme should be used freely to drive the storyline with the use of the best creative writing techniques, narrations and style.

Judges’ decision will be final, and no further communications will be entertained.

An excerpt of 500 words should be submitted together with a brief biography of the writer (including the full name, date of birth, and valid identification card or international passport) to latest by 15 October 2017.
The available contacts for further enquiries are: +2348035924022 or +2347038570607.