CRATERLITFEST19 Calls for Submissions (Prizes: 350,000 NGN + more)

Mrs Paula Chinwe Okafor Prize for Creative Non-Fiction

Crater Library & Publisher is now open for submissions for the second edition of Mrs Paula Chinwe Okafor Prize for Creative Non-Fiction. The prize is worth #200,000 and was instituted in honor of Mrs. Paula Chinwe Okafor (1956-2016), who was “an avid reader and lover of the arts and literature”, and for the recognition of “distinction in Nigerian creative non-fiction by young women. The deadline for submissions is the 1st of November, 2019.

 Who is Eligible to Apply:

  • Young women between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Entrants must be Nigerians.

How to Apply

  • Submit a creative non-fiction piece. It could be any of the following: a personal essay, memoir, travel writingnarrative journalism.
  • The piece must be between 3500-5000.
  • Any subject and theme is welcome.
  • Submit only a single piece; multiple submissions are not welcome.
  • The prize is only for unpublished writing. Any piece published in any form is ineligible.
  • Subject title of email must be “Entry for 2019 Mrs. Paula Chinwe Okafor Prize for Creative Non-Fiction”
  • Crater Library & Publisher reserves the right to disqualify any entry that breaches these guidelines.
  • Submit entry to “litfest@thecraterlibrary.com.
  • The deadline for submissions is the 1st of November, 2019, by 11:30 WAT.

Prize:

  • A cash prize of #200,000.

Dr Emmanuel C. Adukwu Prize for Literature

Crater Library & Publisher is now open for submissions from secondary school students in Enugu state for the maiden edition of the Dr. Emmanuel C. Adukwu Prize for Literature. The prize seeks to reward and encourage students “who show a strong voice and excellent literary vision.” The theme for this edition of the prize is “The Mask We Wear”.

According to their site, Students are expected to explore narratives that irradiate the struggle of the Nigerian teenager in walking the path of discovery either prescribed by society or self.” The deadline for submissions is the 31st of October, 2019.

 Who is Eligible to Apply:

  • The prize is open to any SS1-SS3 students in Enugu state.
  • There is no entry fee.

 How to Apply:

  • A short story or poems could be submitted. Short story should be between 3000 – 5000 words, while poems should not exceed 2 pages.
  • All entries must be printed on an A4paper.
  • Formatting: the font should be in Times New Roman, font size is 12 with 5 spacing.
  • All pages must be paginated.
  • Student’s name, school and class with Form Teacher’s phone number shall be written on the top left of the paper.
  • Title of entry shall be boldly written beneath the student’s info with word count placed on the far right.
  • Every school is allowed to submit 3 entries.
  • Multiple entries from same student is not allowed, and if found out would lead to disqualification.
  • The prize is only for unpublished writing. Any piece published in any form is ineligible.
  • Entries shall be collated by form teachers on 30th of October,2019.
  • A representative of Crater Library & Publisher will visit each school on the 31st of October, 2019 to collect all entries from form teachers.

 

Prizes:

  • The winner will receive #50,000.
  • The winning entry will also be published on the AfricaWeek UK blog and Crater Library & Publisher Blog.
  • The winner’s school will get a donation of books for their school library.

 

Crater Literary Festival Book Pitch Competition

Crater Library & Publisher and AfricaWeek UK, in partnership with iSERVE2050, calls for submissions of book synopsis from non-fiction writers. The competition is designed “to attract and support a non-fiction writer with unique well-researched information and written content.”

According to their site, “We are looking to support anon-fiction writer who is keen on providing an expository research on any original, relevant and current south east anthropology/social/cultural topic with the aim of contributing to intellectual literature and discourse on south east region of Nigeria.”

The prize is a #100,000 grant and publication of the book when it is completed. The deadline for submissions is Friday, the 9th of November, 2019.

Who is Eligible to Submit:

  • Any Nigerian writer working on a creative non-fiction book on southeastern Nigeria.
  • There is no entry fee.

How to Apply:

  • No restrictions on subject and theme.
  • Multiple entries are not accepted.
  • This research grant is only for unpublished writing.
  • Send a synopsis of no more than 2500 words containing:

—The title of the manuscript;

—A statement of problem;

—Scope of your study in terms of number of states to cover in south east Nigeria;

—Why readers should be interested in or care enough for your research;

—An outline of your content (summary of each chapter);

—Research methods to be used;

—Why you are qualified to write this e-book;

  • The preferred file format is
  • In the body of the email, include YOUR NAME, STATE OF RESIDENT, TITLE OF YOUR BOOK, EMAIL ADDRESS, CONTACT ADDRESSand PHONE NUMBER.
  • Do not include your name in the synopsis. Any submission that violates this guideline will be automatically disqualified.
  • Subject of the e-mail should read:‘2019 Crater Literary Festival Book Pitch Competition’
  • Submit to: litfest@thecraterlibrary.com
  • The deadline for submissions is Friday, the 9th of November, 2019.

Prize:

  • #100,000 grant to the winner.
  • Publication of the book when it is completed.

The winners for each of these prizes will be announced at the 2019 Crater Literary Festival, Enugu on the 14th of December.

 Good luck.

 

 

Ernest Ogunyemi

Ernest O. Ogunyemi enjoys playing with words to express what he feels within, or wants to feel. His stories have appeared in magazines and blogs such as Tuck Magazine, Naija Stories, Poetry Soup and his poetry is forthcoming in Acumen91 (out in May) and African Writing. Currently, he is working on a short story collection: Weaving Fine Rhythms from Broken Tunes.

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