The Dusty Manuscript Contest: 20 Budding Nigerian Writers Make it to the Next Stage

The authors of the shortlisted manuscripts will proceed to a 2-day Writers Boot Camp where they will interact with and learn from accomplished authors on the art and business of writing.

After spending several weeks poring over more than 1000 stories submitted for the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the judges of the competition have selected the top 20 entries.

The judges, which include renowned authors Eghosa Imasuen, Yejide Kilanko and Toni Kan, as well as an Assistant Professor of English Language Dr. Ainehi Edoro-Glines, carefully selected the top 20 entries based on originality, language, grammar, narrative strength, coherence and dramatic intensity.

Throughout the selection process, the judges were not aware of the identities of contestants, however, judged based on the submitted stories.  

These are the entries that made it to the next stage:

The authors of the shortlisted manuscripts will proceed to a 2-day Writers Boot Camp where they will interact with and learn from accomplished authors on the art and business of writing. For the sake of transparency, the authors will remain anonymous until the winner of the contest emerges. 

Organized by Foremost African Financial Institution in partnership with publishing houses Okadabooks and Farafina, the Dusty Manuscript Contest is part of the Bank’s YouREAD initiative, which is aimed at promoting the culture of reading and inspiring the next generation of award-winning and globally renowned authors.

To know more about the Dusty Manuscript Contest, visit csr.gtbank.com/dustymanuscript.