The Writer Competition is an online ‘reality’ writing competition created by First Bank of Nigeria plc. and popular online art and opinion magazine, www.thenakedconvos.com. The competition, now in its third year promises to be even bigger. Just like the first two season, contestants will be given a topic or theme to write on each week and you, the public, as well as the judges, assess them and vote to keep the best writers in the competition until one writer is left standing. Over the last two years, the competition has been exciting and keenly contested across West Africa but this year, everything changes. The competition is bigger and better with more evictions every week and more prize money at stake.
12 Finalists will be shortlisted from the call for entries submissions. These writers will be mentored by 3 judges and will contest in four rounds of the online writing competition where three contestants will be evicted weekly.
The competition will require all writers to send in their themed stories weekly by a fixed deadline. Posts from contestants will be put up for members of the public to read and vote on. At the end of the voting period, the panel of judges will evaluate the stories and score them using pre-communicated criteria.
The public votes from the audience and the votes from the judges will be combined and based on this; contestants will be judged and eliminated weekly until a final winner – THE WRITER – emerges.
Who is it for?
The competition is for all Africans who love to write. There is no age, nationality or location restriction. All Africans or people of African origin are encouraged to send in pre-qualification entries to be considered.
How to enter?
To stand a chance to qualify for the competition, simply write and send in a flash fiction story that is not more than 500 words long (It can be less than this but definitely not more).
The theme for this year’s entry stories is “The First”.
The first — what? That’s entirely up to you. The first kiss. The first story. The first bite. The first child. The first car. The first man. The first word. Anything. It can be about a time or a place or a person or a situation or anything along the continuum. Be creative. Any Style, direction and format is allowed – the more creative and well written, the better your chances of qualifying. Send your entry to email@example.com on or before midnight, February 21st, 2014.
Submissions must be Flash Fiction stories. Poetry and Opinion pieces will not be accepted.
Only shortlisted writers will be contacted. Writers will be contacted only by e-mail. Please include your full name, phone number and a valid e-mail address in your submission, which we will use for continued correspondence, even if it is the same email address you use to send in the entry. Only one entry is allowed per writer. The work must be the work of the person whose name is stated in the email.
At the end of The Writer competition, there will be three winners,
First Place – $1,200
Second Place – $800
Third Place – $600
Deadline for submission of entries is February 21, 2014.
The Judges, sponsors and 12 Finalists will be announced and The ‘Show’ will begin on the 3rd of March 2014.
For more information about The Writer Competition, visit: www.thenakedconvos.com/thewriter