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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: K & L PRIZE FOR AFRICAN LITERATURE 2019

OVERALL PRIZE: $1000 (NZD)
GENRE: SHORT FICTION

The submission window for the 2019 Prize is open and will close on the 1st of December 2018. The K & L Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (1000 – 2000 words). This is only eligible to African writers living in Africa, ages 18 – 25.

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S. V. AGEMA’S ‘ONCE UPON A VILLAGE TALE’ MAKES ANA 2018 SHORTLIST

So, ladies and gentlemen, I was shortlisted for The ANA Prize for Children’s Literature for my book, Once upon a village tale! Yaaaaaay! The book is a collection of stories tied together by a running thread which is a father telling children these tales on a village night. The idea is to capture in book form some of the stories that I had been told as a child. We are growing so fast we have forgotten some of those fine tales which helped us grow. Those told us by our fathers and mothers. You should work towards getting one soon. I had so much fun working on it, since I got to sing and dance while ensuring the songs and stories inside would be lively enough to read to my target audience – children and those young at heart, everyone who wants to keep a piece of our culture.

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ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AUTHORS (ANA) 2017 LITERARY PRIZES WINNERS

The ANA 2017 Literary Prize Winners were announced by one of the judges, Dr. Owojecho Omoha of the University of Abuja at the ANA Convention awards dinner on Saturday 28th October, 2017 held at Royal Choice Inn, Makurdi, Benue State. Only three categories (Drama, Poetry and Prose) were awarded out of the six contestable ANA Literary Prizes. The judges did not find any work worthy enough to merit the ANA/Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Prizes, ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (Short Stories Collection), and ANA Children’s Literature Prize (for ages 7-13 years). However, an ‘Honourary Mentions’ list (for commendable works not strong enough to merit the award but worth mentioning) were announced alongside the shortlist release in September 2017.

ANA 2017 LITERARY PRIZES WINNERS
ANA Prize for Drama
Winner: Magnetism by R. C. Ofodile
1st Runner Up: The Masked Crown by Tunji Ajibade
2nd Runner Up: General Ologbosere by Dickson Ekhaguere

ANA Prize for Poetry
Winner: For Every Homeland by Obari Gomba
1st Runner Up: Of Waters and the Wild by Ebi Yeibo
2nd Runner Up: A Child of Smell by Seyi Adigun

ANA Prize for Prose Fiction
Joint Winners: Across the Gulf by Dul Johnson
What It Takes by Lola Akande
1st Runner Up: Devil’s Pawn by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
2nd Runner Up: Goodbye Tomorrow by Ike Utuagha

The Honourary Mentions and their categories as announced in the list released in September are:
ANA /ABUBAKAR GIMBA PRIZE FOR SHORT STORIES
A Tiny Place Called Happiness by Bura-Bari Nwilo
Gates of Dawn by MSC Okolo
Tales From Our Past by Lucky James.

ANA CHILDREN’S LITERATURE PRIZE
The Adventure of Three Wild Boys by Wale Adewale
Sodality: A Tale of Friendship by Chioma A Diru
Dancing Tree by Stanley Okeke Oji

ANA/MARIA AJIMA PRIZE FOR LITERARY CRITICISM
• ‘Radical Theatre and Criticism of anti-People’s Culture: A Study of Esiaba Irobi’s Hangmen also Die’ by Nwagbo Pat -Obi
• ‘Vicarious Idiosyncrasies: The Mother-Daughter Ligament in Ernest Emenyonu’s Listen, My Momma Pays Your Taxes’ by Fynest Elvis

 

ANA 2017 LITERARY PRIZES JUDGES
1. Prof. Nelson Fashina – University of Ibadan
2. Salihu Mohammed Bappa- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
3. Dr. Ismaila Bala Garba – Bayero University, Kano
4. Dr Owojecho Omoha- University of Abuja
5. Dame Joan Oji – Educational & Literary Consultant, Abuja

 

For a detailed review of the 2017 Literary Prizes Shortlist, check here.

 

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Dul Johnson (2017 ANA Prize for Prose winner) with his publisher, Su’eddie Vershima Agema (2014 ANA Prize for Poetry Winner)
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ANA LITERARY PRIZES SHORT LIST 2016 ANNOUNCED

The Judges of the Association of Nigerian Authors Literary Prizes are pleased to release the short list for the 2015 ANA Prizes. The names and titles are listed below in no particular order.

 

ANA PROSE  FICTION PRIZE

  1. Avenger of Blood       –              Franklin Finecountry

  2.   On the Bank of the River –     Ifeoluwapo Adeniyi

  3. Prodigals in Paradise–       Henry Akubuiro

   4. Odufa: A Lovers’ Tale – Othuke Ominiabohs

ANA DRAMA PRIZE

  1. Kosoko King of Eko – Fela Omoyele
  2. Sacking the Porter- OlatundeBolaji
  3. Fated Rift              – R.C. Ofodile

ANA POETRY PRIZE

  1. Thunder Protocol             –  Obari Gomba
  2. Kontradiction                     -Saddiq Dzukogi
  3. The Birth of Illusion         -Jumoke Verissimo

ANA/ ABUBAKAR GIMBA PRIZE FOR SHORT STORIES

  1. River People and Other Stories –  Peter Ukwa
  2. Midnight Cry                                  – Paul Ugah
  3. From Sin to Splendour-                – R. C. Ofodile

The ANA / Ngozi Chuma Udeh Prize  for Children’s Literature

  1. The Quest for the Gem of Arubia – Augusta Mmakamba Okon
  2. Sunny and the Arodan –               Ozimede Sunny Ekhaalume
  3. Water-Carrier Millionaire–               Philip Begho.

ANA/ MAZARRIYA TEEN AUTHOR POETRY PRIZE

Not Awarded(reasons to be given later)

ANA/NECO TEEN AUTHOR PROSE PRIZE

Not Awarded(reasons to be given later)

ANA/MARIA AJIMA PRIZE FOR LITERARY CRITICISM

  1. “The Film Script, Nollywood and Cultural Diplomacy: Criticism of Artist’s Knowledge of the Film Story.” by Nwagbo Pat Obi (for Honorable Mention only)

ANA PANEL OF JUDGES

1. Prof Nelson Fashina-University of Ibadan

2. Mallam Salihu Mohammed Bappa- Ahmadu Bello University Zaria

3. Ismaila Bala Garba-  Bayero University,Kano

4. Dr Owojecho Omoha- University of Abuja

5. Mrs Joan Oji- Educational Resource Centre, Abuja

 

#  Winners of the various prizes will be announced at the awards dinner of the 35th Anniversary International Convention of the Association coming on  Saturday the 29th   of  October,2016 in Abuja.

 

Signed: Olatunbosun Taofeek

               Publicity Secretary( South)

Gotten from the ANA Website Here.

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Karen Jennings, Kubuitsile, TJ Benson, Tochukwu Okafor, others make 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize Long List (Announced)

The Short Story Day Africa Prize (worth R10,000) is one of Africa’s prominent short story awards. It is pan-African and is theme-based. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Migrations’. The 2016 long list includes the talented and award winning writers, the South African Karen Jennings, the Botswanan Lauri Kubuistile, the Nigerians TJ Benson (in whom we are well pleased) and Tochukwu Okafor, among other cool writers.

According to the competition’s site,

the long list deliberations were difficult. There were several stories we struggled to let go. At one stage, there was talk of extending the anthology to include these stories, but in the end we figured we have to draw a line somewhere. Instead we gave these writers a special mention. It is our hope that their stories go on to find deserving homes in other publications.

The Migrations Long List

  1. Aba Asibon (Ghana)
  2. Anne Moraa (Kenya)
  3. Arja Salafranca  (South Africa)
  4. Blaize Kaye (South Africa)
  5. Edwin Okolo (Nigeria)
  6. Francis Aubee (The Gambia)
  7. Fred Khumalo (South Africa)
  8. Gamu Chamisa (Zimbabwe)
  9. Gratitude Fisher (South Africa)
  10. Idza L (Kenya)
  11. Karen Jennings (South Africa)
  12. Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana)
  13. Mirette Bahgat Eskaros (Egypt)
  14. Mignotte Mekuria (Ethiopia)
  15. Mary Ononokpono (Nigeria/UK)
  16. Megan Ross (South Africa)
  17. Nyarsipi Odeph (Kenya)
  18. Okafor Tochukwu (Nigeria)
  19. Stacy Hardy (South Africa)
  20. TJ Benson (Nigeria)
  21. Umar Turaki (Nigeria)

Special Mentions

  1. Caleb Somtochukwu Okereke (Nigeria)
  2. Dzekashu MacViban (Cameroon)
  3. Helen Walne (South Africa)
  4. Kathryn White (South Africa)
  5. Liam Kruger (South Africa)
  6. Linda Daniels (South Africa)
  7. Pamela Zintatu Ntshanga (South Africa)
  8. ZP Dala (South Africa)

This year, three writers were selected and awarded the SSDA/All About Writing Development Prize. These writers will each receive extensive tuition during a 20 Week Online Writing Course with All About Writing. The SSDA team believes that “with a little help, these writers can be the next big thing in #AfricanLit.”

With the long list announced, the journey to the short list starts with a journey of the list to the judging panel including established writers Sindiwe Magona, H.J. Golakai and Tendai Huchu as well as to the editors Efemia Chela and Bongani Kona who will edit the collection under the mentorship of Helen Moffett. The SSDA/Worldreader Editing Mentorship is sponsored by Worldreader. For more on the long list announcement and also other information on the Short Story Day Award, please visit their website HERE.

At SEVHAGE, we wish all of these cool guys especially our TJ Benson, Okafor Tochukwu, Umar Turaki, Mary Ononokpono and Edwin Okolo best of luck on this journey.

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TJ Benson (left) and Su’eddie, the proud Big brother. Do I look like a dad here? 😉
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Blog Numbers of 2015 in review

It wasn’t one of my best years in this blogging business. There were many days, even weeks when I left this space dry… It wasn’t a funny year. A lot of people will testify. But together we made it and…

…we got some numbers. And a few comments 🙂

Thanks for being part of my blogging year and I hope that we can make the new year far better. I hope for more collaborations. Doc Topaz, I owe you still. I know.

Have a fabulous year. God bless us. Amen.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 40,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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SMILE! I GOT A GIFT FOR YOU… PLUS OTHER GIST

Hey, how are you? I hope you are fine. Even if things are difficult, they will only get better. Trust me, I know. This is that season when there is so much pressure. You know, trying to make things right even as this tight economy makes you wonder if you are human. Money seems to be the new currency of laughter and happiness or isn’t it? No, it isn’t. It is necessary but pay attention; there are smiles you can plant to leave much more people happy. How? I don’t know. I am trying to find that one out too! Hee hee hee.

So, what is this post about?

I am learning to write. There’s this thing happening; I am retiring, don’t tell anyone. Well, don’t worry, it isn’t permanent. It is for the year 🙂 And…there’s a need for reinvention… but I am trying to plan something new for 2016 and I need your help.

You see, I want to give a gift out to you, and to me. No, don’t start sending me a list of your dreams… I will help you pray for them truly (what else can I do really? Hee hee hee)… but I can give you a gift with what I have; writing. Let me write you a story—or a poem. What would you want?

If you had the chance of me writing something for you or something you’d love, what would it be? Don’t worry, give all the specifics. You can write it here or send me a mail at eddieagema@yahoo.com.

But let’s return to you… The year is coming to an end. It has been a fast year. I remember only last year when I was smiling into the skies at a carnival somewhere, surrounded by friends as we discussed literature. It is hard to believe it is the end of 2015. What did this year do to you? Are you prepared with new resolutions you wouldn’t keep? Hee hee hee! Start implementing them before tomorrow. Never leave till later what you can do now…

Now, have a lovely evening and night, when day comes, may it be lovelier. Things will smile definitely. Wherever you are, please, don’t lose hope and don’t lose faith. Dream more dreams and if you have a way of passing a compliment to someone, do so. We all need us. Go ahead, make a day brighter. May the times be kind.

Cheers!

 

 

PS: Don’t forget to send me the ideas and yes, we can collaborate! Yaaaay!

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Here’s sending a special shout out to Subman – who has been dancing on my blog in cool steps. I am coming your way soon. Thanks to my big sis, Dotta Raphels, Williamleeone, Yemie, Damore (Me the blogger), Lefthandedscribbler,Debbie Iorliam, Aondosoo Labe, Melodic Rose, Topazo, DrSwag, Zika, and Belle, among all you others. You make this thing worth it. Thanks.

 

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Call For Submissions: 2015 ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AUTHORS Literary Prizes

For Release: April 7, 2015
The Association of Nigerian Authors [ANA] hereby announces a range of prizes for its 2015 literary competitions. These are:
1. ANA Prize for Poetry (published & unpublished) – N 100,000.
2. ANA Prize for Prose Fiction (published & unpublished) – N 100,000.
3. ANA Prize for Drama (published & unpublished) – N 100,000.
4. ANA Prize for Literary Journalism – N 100,000 (Deadline: August 30, 2015).
5. ANA\NECO Teen Author Prize (prose) N 100,000.00 (published & unpublished works).
6. ANA\Mazariyya Teen Authors Prize (poetry) N 50,000.00 (published & unpublished works).
ANA is pleased to introduce two new prizes, endowed by Mrs. Maria Ajima and Dr. Wale Okediran, respectively:
7. Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (Focus on African Literature) – N100,000
8. ANA Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (short stories) – N200,000.
Nigerian writers, home and abroad, desirous of entering their works for the Annual Literary Prizes, may now do so. Works entered should have been published between March 2014 and March 2015.
REQUIREMENTS
1. An entry fee of N3,000 per entry,  paid by the author or the publisher, in favour of:
Association of Nigerian Authors
First Bank of Nigeria Plc
[Bodija Market Branch Ibadan]
Account No. 2020543538
Please Note 
[a] The entry fee is for the purpose of prize administration only.
[b] A photocopy of the appropriate Deposit Slip[s] MUST accompany Requirement #2 below.
2. Six copies (6) of the book or manuscript to be entered, specifying the Prize being entered for, alongside a covering letter and the photocopy of the Deposit Slip used in Requirement 1 above, should be sent by post to:
The General Secretary,
Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA),
c/o Suite 63,
National Theatre Complex,
Iganmu
Lagos.
The covering letter should contain accurate contact details of the writer or/and publisher of the work, including email and surface mail addresses and telephone numbers.
Please Note
[a] The Association will NOT take responsibility for entries sent by post nor will it claim registered parcels in cases where it has to pay for such entries or parcels.
[b] Multiple entries, where applicable, are allowed but a work must not have been entered for the same prize prior to the present entry and it must have been published between 2014 and 2015.
SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for Teen Authors Prize (published and unpublished works). 
1. Entrants must be students in any secondary school in Nigeria.
2. Entries must be a collection or a single story of between 35 – 40 pages or above for prose or poetry.
3. Illustration (optional).
4. Accompanying documents are:
(i) Signed letter of identification from school principal on school letterhead.
(ii) Two passport photographs, name, and copy of birth certificate of the entrant.
(iii) Entrant’s school admission letter (photocopy).
(iv) Current cumulative record of entrant’s academic performance (junior or secondary school).
(v) Letter of consent from parents.
(vi) Entrant’s or their guardian’s email, surface mail address and phone number.
5. Unpublished entries (in four copies) should be properly bound.
6. Teen Authors are NOT required to pay an entry fee.
SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (published and unpublished works) 
Length: Between 25-30 pages of A4 paper size following format of academic essays.
 1. Type double spaced using MS Word. Use Times New Roman Type face 12 point font size.
2. The essay, if published in a journal, book or as electronic text, must be within the valid dates indicated on this call for submissions.
3. Referencing style is either the latest MLA or APA style.
4. Five hard copies as loose sheets or as a bound monograph are to be submitted to ANA, plus a soft copy sent by email to okoduwatanko@yahoo.com
 5. The competition will be rotated annually in areas surrounding poetry, drama, prose fiction and theory.
6. The essay should not be of generalized survey, but should rather be focused on specific texts of a few selected authors at a time.
7. The essay should state where the texts or performance analysed can be accessed or located.
In addition, all other rules pertaining to ANA competitions are applicable.
Copyright: The copyright to every winning entry is to be held by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Maria Ajima Trust, and the author of the work. The winning entry will be published in subsequent ANA Reviews.
SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for ANA Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction [Short Stories].
1. Only published work are accepted.
2. Seven [7] copies of each entry are to be sent in.
3. Entries must have been published no earlier than twenty four months BEFORE the date indicated on the call for submissions.
In addition, all other rules pertaining to ANA competitions are applicable.
DEADLINE
Deadline for the receipt of ALL entries, excepting the Prize for Literary Journalism, for the 2015 ANA Literary Prizes is Friday, May 22, 2015. A shortlist will be announced in September, 2015.
Winners of the prizes will be announced by the judges at the Awards Dinner during the 34th International Annual Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors in October/November, 2015.
Richard Ali
Publicity Secretary [North]
Association of Nigerian Authors
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WRITIVISM SHORT STORY COMPETITION: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Opening date – 1 February 2015

Closing date – 30th April 2015

Entries must be submitted online. No mark as to the identity of the writer should be made on the story itself. No entries will be considered if submitted after the deadline. Winners shall be announced on Short Story Day Africa, the 21st of June 2015 at an Awards Evening during the Writivism Festival 2015 in Kampala, Uganda.

1. The Writivism Short Story Prize is an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE).

2. Entrants must be unpublished writers, resident in an African country. One is deemed published if they have a book of their own.

3. Questions of eligibility shall be resolved by the CACE administration and their decision is final.

4. Entries must be submitted online, by emailing them to info@writivism.com as attachments (not in the body email), clearly labeled in the subject: Writivism Competition 2015. The writer must include in the body of the email, other information about him/her, as country of residence, age, legal name and pen name (where applicable) and telephone contact.

5. Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Writivism Short Story Prize. The story must be original and previously unpublished in any form except on the writer’s personal blog.

6. All entries must be in English, and 2,500 – 3,500 words long.

7. Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text formats, with the title of the story as the file name. The first page of the story should include the name of the story and the number of words. The entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and 1.5 line spacing. No mention should be made on the identity of the writer in the entry.

8. Entrants agree as a condition of entry that CACE may publicize the fact that a story has been entered, longlisted or shortlisted for the Prize. The shortlisted writers and winners of the competition will be expected to participate in readings, The Writivism Festival and school tours.

9. Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the writer. CACE will have the unrestricted right to publish the long-listed stories in an anthology and for promotional purposes.

10. The prize judging panel comprises Chika Unigwe (Chair), Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tendai Huchu, Rachel Zadok and Ainehi Edoro. Read more about the judges here.

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2014 Association of Nigerian Authors’ Prize Winners Announced! (Archival Purpose)

The winners of the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Prizes for the year 2014 were announced on the 13th of December 2014 during the course of the 33rd National Convention. The winners are—

May Ifeoma Nwoye [ANA/Chevron Prize for Environmental Writing] with Oil Cemetery;

Su’eddie Vershima Agema [Joint Poetry] with his Home Equals Holes: Tale of an Exile and Ebi Yeibo [Joint Poetry] with his The Fourth Masquerade;

Soji Cole [ANA/Esiaba Irobi Prize for Playwriting] with Maybe Tomorrow;

Immanuel James [ANA Prize for Prose] with Under Bridge;

Tunji Ajibade [ANA Prize for Drama] with The Sacrifice.

There was a presentation ceremony and dinner in their honour at the Glory View Hotel, Ibadan.

Honourary prizes were also given to Dr. Maria Ajima and other individuals for their contributions to literature. The ANA Prizes for literature are usually open for submissions in March and are among the premier prizes in Nigeria due to the prestige of the association and its members.