NaijaStories.com, in partnership with Farafina Books, Cassava Republic and Dada Books, is pleased to announce an online writing contest titled “My Best Nigerian Book” for all lovers of Nigerian books. Naija Stories through this medium, wants to encourage and inspire everyone to read more Nigerian books.
Read the classics – Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe), The Bride Price (Buchi Emecheta), Jagua Nana (Cyprian Ekwensi). Read history – Ovonramwen Nogbaisi (Ola Rotimi), memoirs and biographies – Ake (Wole Soyinka), On a Darkling Plain (Ken Saro Wiwa). Read fiction – Purple Hibiscus (Chimamanda Adichie), Unbridled (Jude Dibia), In Dependence (Sarah Manyika). Read contemporary and popular books – Zahrah the Windseeker (Nnedi Okoroafor), To Saint Patrick (Eghosa Imaseun), A Heart to Mend (Myne Whitman), I do not come to you by Chance (Adaobi Nwaubani). Whatever your choice, read often.
Dates for Contest: July 5th – August 1st, 2010.
The contest opens July 5th and submissions end on July 16th.
First round Judging – July 16th – July 19th
Second round Judging and Voting – July 19th to July 29th 2010
The winner will be announced by August 1st.
There will be one (1) overall winner in this contest. The prize is $50 cash OR Two (2) Nigerian books* of their choice shipped to them wherever they are.
(*Costs including postage must not exceed $50).
For contestants resident in Nigeria there will be 30 consolation prizes;
Fifteen (10) contestants will pick up gift packs of Nigerian books from Farafina Books in Lagos.
Ten (10) contestants will get a gift pack each of books from Cassava Republic Press in Abuja.
Five (5) contestants will get three books each from Dada Books in Lagos
Five (5) contestants will each get one copy each of A Heart to Mend by Myne Whitman in Abuja
1. Register at Naijastories.com and log in.
2. Make your submission as a post on the website with a title that defines your entry.
3. In the body of the post, provide the following;
a, the name of a Nigerian book that has touched you deeply,
b, the author’s name
c, a description of how the book has touched you. Perhaps this book has inspired you to change, to grow, to visit new places, to view life differently, or to just feel a lot of enjoyment for having read it. It can be any book, and we mean any book, even children’s books or non fiction – as long as it is by a Nigerian.
d, your real name and where you live (location).
4. Your entry should be a maximum of 250 words.
5. Put the entry in the category of “My Best Nigerian Book” and press the button, “Submit for Review”.
To make it a fair and all inclusive contest, Naija Stories will have 3 stages for determining the winner;
Stage 1. – The Naija Stories team will select the most suitable of the entries.
Stage 2. – 3 Judges, one each from Farafina Books, Cassava Republic and Dada Books will score the selected entries. This will be added to votes polled via the ratings system on NaijaStories.com. At this stage, those who passed the first round can invite friends to rate their submissions. The top entries with the best ratings in combination with the judges scores will proceed to the last round.
Stage 3. – 1 Final Independent Judge will select the winner.
– The first round judges will be checking for clean use of the English language so polish your grammar and keep typos to a minimum please! This is a contest for readers but most of us are writers too so treat it like a writing exercise. You do not know who is reading.
– Second round judges will be looking for creativity, so go on and give it your all. Be genuine! Be unique! Be original! Use this as an opportunity to acknowledge the book and the author for whom you feel a lot of affinity or gratitude.
– The final judge will be looking for genuine writing and heart-felt expressions of how the book has affected you and your life.
We at Farafina see this as a unique opportunity to celebrate Nigerian fiction, hence our participation. So start reading and start writing!