Think you can write a winning story in 5,000 words?

Then enter the inaugural edition of the Union Bank Campus Writing Challenge for a chance to win N500,000 and get published in the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology compiled by OkadaBooks. Click here to submit your entry.

The Union Bank Campus Writing Challenge is an OkadaBooks initiative sponsored by Union Bank.The contest is focused on discovering young, raw and bold writing talents across Nigeria and giving them with the necessary support to hone their craft and become master storytellers.Contestants also stand a chance to get publishing deals as select entries will be shared with top publishers in Nigeria including Farafina and Narrative Landscape.
Please note: This contest is strictly for students in tertiary institutions.

Please note: This contest is strictly for undergraduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.To submit, upload and publish your Short Story to okadabooks.com See how to upload your short story entry by clicking here

  • 27th of August 2018

    Competition Opens

  • 7th of October 2018 (12 midnight WAT)

    Submissions Close

  • 8th of October - 4th of November 2018

    Slush judges and OkadaBooks editors will read up and select and announce the Top 150 entries.

  • 5th of November to 3rd of December 2018

    Audience favorite and best cover design voting begins.

  • 5th - 30th of November 2018

    Main judges will review the 150 finalists and select Longlist, Shortlist and Top 3.

  • December 2018

    Announcement of Audience Favorite Award, Best Cover Design, Longlist, Shortlist and Top 3 Awards Ceremony.

Judges

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Chika Unigwe has published short fiction in several anthologies,
journals and magazines, including Wasafiri (University of London), Moving Worlds (University of Leeds. She won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition and a Commonwealth Short Story Competition award. In 2004, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. She won the 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature; She sits on the Board of Trustees of pan-African literary initiative Writivism, and set up the Awele Creative Trust in Nigeria to support young writers.

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s debut short-story collection The Whispering
Trees was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, and shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize and the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013). He won the prestigious NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature with his debut novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms in 2016

Criteria

Successful entries will be judged based on the below.

Note: judges may consider any other factors they deem appropriate.

Prizes

1st

  • N500,000 in cash
  • Story published in the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology
  • A copy of the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology
  • Interviewed on bellanaija.com, okadabooks.com and brittlepaper.com

2nd

  • N200,000 in cash
  • Story published in the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology
  • A copy of the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology.
  • Interviewed on bellanaija.com, okadabooks.com and brittlepaper.com

3rd

  • N100,000 in cash
  • Story published in the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology. 
  • A copy of the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology. 
  • Interviewed on bellanaija.com, okadabooks.com and brittlepaper.com

4th

  • N60,000 in cash
  • Story published in the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology.
  • A copy of the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology.

Audience favorite

  • N50,000 in cash
  • Short story published in the 1st edition of the Collegiate Anthology.

Best Cover Design

  • N50,000 in cash

Top 10

  • N15,000 in cash
  • Their short story title published in the 1st edition of the Next 100 Collegiate Anthology. 
  • A copy of the 1st edition of the Next 100 Collegiate Anthology. 

Top 25

  • N5,000 gift certificate to be used on okadabooks.com
  • A copy of the 1st edition of the Next 100 Collegiate Anthology. 

FAQs

When does the Competition begin?

The Competition begins its Call for Submissions on 20th of August, 2018 and closes on 7th October, 2018.

Who is eligible to enter for the Competition?

Only current Nigerian undergraduates in tertiary institutions (polytechnics and University) are eligible to enter for the Competition.

What do I stand to win?

About a million naira in prize money can be won in this Competition. The first, second and third place winners will win N500,000, N250,000 and N100,000 in prize money among others.

What do I need to know before submitting my entry?

Please click here to check guidelines for the Competition.

I am interested. How do I submit my entry?

You can submit your entries on Okadabooks. See how to upload your short story entry by clicking here

Are there terms and conditions guiding this competition?

Yes. Please click here for the terms and conditions.

Where can I get more information on this Competition?

For more information about the Competition, please send a message to [email protected]