Call for Submissions: The 2019 Ghanaian Languages Short Story Prize

The Ghanaian Languages Short Story Prize is a literary prize that seeks to discover and celebrate literature written in indigenous Ghanaian languages. We celebrate, support and showcase the languages and literatures of Ghana through our various initiatives. Write Ghana’s mission is to create opportunities that increase the use and representation of Ghanaian.

The premise of the Ghanaian Languages Short Story Prize is simple. There is an evident gap in the support and promotion of literature in Ghanaian languages. For instance, in East Africa, there are a host of writing prizes which promote creative writing in Swahili. In Ghana, such prizes as well as conducive environments for the creation of local language literatures are scarce. Hence, it is easier to access literature such as novels, poetry and short stories in Swahili than in Ghanaian local languages such as Ga, Twi or Ewe from Ghana. The Prize therefore seeks to encourage writing in Ghanaian languages in order to increase their representation and simultaneously contribute to their preservation. With a focus on short stories, the Prize aims to increase the visibility of literature written in Ghanaian languages in the mainstream society by awarding a literature prize to writers of short stories in Ghanaian languages.

Eligibility

  • The prize is divided along language categories and stories are judged within these categories.
  • The 2019 year’s prize focuses on the following languages – Ewe, Ga, Dangbe, Twi, Fante, and Dagbani.
  • Each writer can only submit one story per language category. However, we allow for multiple submissions in different language categories.
  • Judging will take place if at least 2 stories are submitted per language category.
  • We only accept published and unpublished manuscripts of short stories.
  • There is no entry fee to the prize.
  • We only accept manuscripts via email.

The Entry Manuscript

  • Stories should be between 1500 and 5000 words.
  • The manuscript should be in Microsoft Word, typed in Times New Roman, size 12 font and double-spaced. It should be sent as an attachment and not in the body of the email.
  • The manuscript should include a title page, word length of the story, language chosen and personal details such as name and address.

Manuscripts should be sent to info@writeghana.org with the following as the subject – Submission (language of choice).

Timeline

  • March 15, 2019 – June 15, 2019 – Call for Submissions
  • September 2019 – Awards ceremony

Prize

The best story under each language category will be awarded with 300 USD each.

Winning stories will be published as an anthology in two formats.

  • An electronic book (e-book) available for download.
  • Physical copies for sale at various outlets.

Each publication will include translations in English in order to make them accessible to people who are not fluent in all the languages published. 

For information visit:  www.writeghana.org.

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