The Dusty Manuscript Contest launches in Lagos (Nigeria only)

The Dusty Manuscript Contest, sponsored by GTBank, was launched in Lagos on February 8, 2018. Only Nigerian writers, organised in partnership with Okada Books and Farafina, are eligible to enter the contest.

GTBank, the Nigerian headquartered bank with branches all over the continent, has announced a new project in this place called The Dusty Manuscript Contest. The new project is calling for manuscripts from all the Nigerian writers out there with the top 3 entries in the contest being rewarded with publishing contracts with Farafina as well as cash rewards and other goodies for others shortlisted. The prize money on offer is;

  • First Place: N1,000,000 + publishing contract with Kachifo Ltd
  • Second Place: N500,000 + publishing contract with Kachifo Ltd
  • Third Place: N250,000 + publishing contract with Kachifo Ltd

The remaining shortlisted books with the exception of the top 3 will get their books e-published by OkadaBooks. Top 25 shortlisted authors receive a two-day bootcamp training on writing, marketing and branding. TIMELINE

The competition entries will be judged by panel of Eghosa Imasuen, the author of widely acclaimed novel, Fine Boys which we loved, Yejide Kilanko, a poet and therapist in children’s mental health and author Daughters Who Walk This Path, Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines, an Assistant Professor

of English Language and founder of your favourite literary blog that isn’t this one Brittlepaper.com and Toni Kan, a writer and PR executive whose collection of short stories, Nights of a Creaking Bed, won the NDDC/Ken Saro Wiwa prize for literature.

Commenting on the Dusty Manuscript Contest, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “At GTBank we see art as not just a medium for creative expression but also as a means of livelihood, and by organizing the Dusty Manuscript Contest we are helping budding writers make a living off their works. He further added that; “By addressing the major barrier that our indigenous writers face in sharing their stories with the world, we hope to inspire and develop the next generation of award-winning and globally renowned authors.”

Good luck my Naija brethren and sistren.

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