A new, innovative literary competition, Literary Star Search, has opened for Nigerian writers in the short story category. The star prize is ONE MILLION naira (N1m). The second and third placed writers win three and two hundred thousand naira (N300,000 & N200,000) respectively. The first 25 best stories will be published in a collection to be called Stories Nigeriana.
Also, as part of promoting and rewarding the talent of Nigerian writers, suitable stories from the collection will be entered into such famous international competitions as the Caine and Commonwealth literary prizes at the expense of organisers, Creative Alliance. Moreso, a nationwide reading tour will be packaged to promote writers in the collection, with a view to assisting to publish works they already have.
Organised by Creative Alliance, Literary Star Search is looking for the best short story writers with a view to nurturing, promoting and rewarding them handsomely in an explosive night of literary feast. The competition is also aimed at making real stars out of Nigerian writers that have long remained in the shadows of other stars in other less ennobling areas of the arts in spite of writers’ huge contributions to the nation and world culture.
To apply, writers are to submit a short story on any subject of their choice not more than 3,500 words, with entry fee of three thousand naira (N3,000). They are to enclose a N3,000-worth of bank draft obtainable from any branch of Zenith International Bank Plc nationwide with their entry, and addressed to Creative Alliance. Entries are to be submitted either by hand to 1 Oladosu Street, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos or mail (not e-mail) through courier service or any NIPOST office across the nation to c/o PO Box 2442 Ikeja, Lagos.
Deadline is March, 2012.
The Literary Star Search project is powered by Vonds Verticals and Housing Circuit.