Submission for the Dusty Manuscript Contest, which started in February 2018, is now closed and a total of 1,134 stories were submitted from all over Nigeria.
The Dusty Manuscript Contest is a platform for budding writers to win publishing deals for their unpublished works. Sponsored by foremost African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, the contest is part of the Bank’s YouREAD Initiative geared towards promoting the appreciation of art and supporting people’s creative potential.
Currently, the Dusty Manuscript judges are going through the long list of entries, reading every single submission in order to select the best 25 stories that creatively depicts the theme ‘Crime and Romance in the Nigerian culture.’
The shortlisted writers will receive a two-day boot camp training on writing, marketing and branding. At the end of the boot camp, the winner, 1st & 2nd runners-up all go home with cash prizes of N1,000,000, N500,000 & N250,000 each as well as publishing contracts with Kachifo Ltd., respectively.
Commenting on the Dusty Manuscript Contest, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “At GTBank we see art as not just a medium for creative expression but also as a means of livelihood, and by organizing the Dusty Manuscript Contest we are helping budding writers make a living off their works. He further added that; “By addressing the major barrier that our indigenous writers face in sharing their stories with the world, we hope to inspire the next generation of award-winning and globally renowned authors.”
While we await the shortlisted writers to be announced sometime in June, 2018, let’s meet the team of judges.
Eghosa Imasuen: Nigerian novelist, short story writer, and author of ‘Fine Boys,’ Eghosa Imasuen is a co-founder of Narrative Landscape Press, and has worked in publishing since 2013.
Ainehi Edoro: Ainehi Edoro is the founder and Editor of Brittle Paper and Series Editor at Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.
Yejide Kilanko: Writer of poetry, fiction, and a therapist in children’s mental health, Yejide is known for her literary works, Daughters Who Walk This Path, and Chasing Butterflies.
Toni Kan: Toni Kan holds both a M.A and B.A degrees in English Literature from the universities of Lagos and Jos respectively and he worked as a journalist for 5 years.