Creative Wings has launched the second edition of its short story
competition, with the aim of encouraging budding African writers. The inaugural
contest is now open. Deadline for submission is 31st July, 2012.
Stories must be previously unpublished
and must be the exclusive work of the entrant.
Stories must be 600 words
Entry is free.
Only one submission per
entrant is permitted.
Only online submissions are
acceptable. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Paste story in the body of the e-mail. Use 'CreativeWings
Contest' in the subject line. Entries with attachments will be disqualified.
must contain the entrant’s name, the title of story, and the entrant’s physical
address, a brief bio of NOT more than 50 words, Date of Birth,
and contact phone number.
Simultaneous submissions are NOT acceptable.
Writers are not restricted
to any theme.
Entries must be in English.
The judge will select two
winners who will be given a total of 15 books.
of 15 Books to be Issued to First Prize Winner
Dancing Bird Obinna Udenwe (autographed copy)
2. Wizard of the Crow Ngugi wa Thiong’o
3. The Abyssinian Boy Onyeka Nwelue (autographed copy)
Path to Freedom Chuks Okolo (autographed copy)
Reader Benhard Schlinks
Phoenix Chika Unigwe
Galore Amu Djoleto
Road Esiaba Irobi (autographed by Publisher; Abic)
9. Songs of
Enchantment Ben Okri
Equiano Autobiography (autographed by Publisher; Abic)
The Ancient Hills Celestine Awoke (autographed)
Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives Lola Shoneyin
13. From the
Caves of Rotten Teeth A. Igoni Baret
14. Night of
the Creaking Bed Toni Khan
Day is for the Thief Teju Cole
of 5 Books to be Issued to Second Prize Winner
Dancing Bird Obinna Udenwe (autographed)
2. The Other
Side of the Mask Esiaba Irobi (autographed by Abic)
3. Burma Boy
for an Angel Helon Habila
The winning stories will
also be published on Creativewritingnews.blogspot.com and
The competition will be
judged by Jayne Bauling, Myne Withman and Onyeka Nwelue.
Jayne Bauling writes fiction and poetry. Her Young Adult novels have been awarded the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa and the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award. She also won the inaugural African Writing Prize for Flash Fiction with her story Settling. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2012. Her
adult and youth short stories have been published in a number of South
African anthologies. Her poetry has been broadcast on the SABC’s SAfm
and published in a number of international literary journals. She has
won poetry awards from SAfm and People Opposing Women Abuse. She lives in Mpumalanga Province in South Africa.
Myne Whitman is from Delta State, Nigeria, but grew up in Enugu. She is the author of bestselling romance novels, A Heart to Mend (2009) and A Love Rekindled (2011).
Both books have been well received by an ever-increasing audience of
both Nigerian and international readers. Myne is the founder and
managing editor of Naijastories.com and serves as the fiction editor for Sentinel Nigeria. She lives in Seatle, United States of America.
Nwelue is a novelist, short story writer, poet, filmmaker and
journalist. His first novel is titled The Abyssinian Boy. His company, Blues & Hills, an arts agency specializes in the promotion of arts and music in Europe and Asia. Nwelue’s first novel is the 2009 bestseller, The Abyssinian Boy, which critics hailed as ‘out-of-the-box’. He won the 2009 TM Aluko Prize for Fiction and Ibrahim Tahir Prize for First Book. He was nominated for the Creative Artiste of the Year at the 2010 Future Awards. He is the first African to join Sandbox, the global community of young innovators under 30 years. He lives in India.
This competition is sponsored
by Obinna Udenwe, a young democrat from South-East Nigeria. Obinna is also an
author of: The Dancing Bird which mirrors the socio-cultural settings of the African society; and a new
collection of children stories, 'Wenitem
and Her Friends.'