2021/2022 Aminiya-Trust Newspaper Short Story Writing Competition

 The Open Arts Foundation is a Kaduna-based arts and literary collective. The inaugural Aminiya-Trust Hausa Short Story Writing Competition is being held in collaboration with Gandun Kalmomi.

This is a brand-new Short Story Writing Competition sponsored by Aminiya-Trust newspapers that hopes to serve as a beacon for the development of Hausa literature.

Aminiya-Trust Newspaper Competition

This competition will be organized annually under the stewardship of Gandun Kalmomi and Open Arts.

Aminiya-Trust Newspaper Short Story Writing Competition Theme.

  • This competition will announce a thematic occupation every year, that entries are supposed to revolve around. The theme for the year 2021, is “Challenges of Democracy and Politicking in Nigeria”
  • Writers are allowed to play around with this theme in various means in their stories, but mainly in creative and fictional means, non-fiction of any means or translations or other genres of writing will not be accepted.

Aminiya-Trust Newspaper Short Story Writing Competition Eligibility.

  • All entries should fall between the word count of 1000 – 1500 words that conform to Hausa traditions and cultural norms.
  • Entries are open to writers worldwide between the ages of 18- 35. Joint entries are also allowed, up to a maximum of two (2) writers per story.
  • A long list of the top fifteen (15) entries will be published as part of an anthology.

Aminiya-Trust Newspaper Short Story Writing Competition Prizes.

The top 3 Entries will be awarded prizes as follows:

  • 1st Position: N 250,000
  • 2nd Position: N 1.50,000
  • 3rd Position: N100,000
  • The top 15 entries will be published as part of an anthology and certificates of recognition will be provided.

Aminiya-Trust Newspaper Short Story Writing Competition Timelines.

  • From July 15 2020 readers begin to sift through received entries.
  • Stage 2 readers that are experts in the field of Hausa literature will bring out a long list of 15 entries.
  • In August 2020, three (3) selected judges will go through the long list and identify the winners.
  • Winners of the 2020 Aminiya-Trust Hausa Short Story Competition will be announced in September 2020.
  • Between September and October 2020, the top 15 entries will be edited and be published as part of an anthology with the top 3 entries translated into English for worldwide distribution.
  • In November 2020, the 15 writers on the longlist will be interviewed and published in AMINIYA and TRUST Newspapers and on GANDUN KALMOMI and OPEN ARTS platforms.
  • In December 2020, an award ceremony will be held in Kaduna.

How to Submit Entries for Aminiya-Trust Newspaper Short Story Writing Competition.

Interested and qualified candidates should send their entries to: [email protected] as a Microsoft Word attachment including full name, a short bio, home or office address and phone number.

Application Deadline: 15th July, 2022 at 11:59pm (WAT).

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