Competition “Lagos Poetrython and arts cafe”

Competition “Lagos Poetrython and arts cafe”

Lagos Poetrython and arts cafe is a gathering of wordsmiths and lyricists and a platform for the exhibition of the finest on the Lagos and International Poetry Scene. The event encompasses poetry slam, book reading, panel sessions, Poetrython and masterclasses. The masterclasses would be curated by Tolu’ A. Akinyemi (Newcastle, UK), Saint Rhymes (Nigeria), Torpedo Mascaw (Nigeria), Toyin Seth Ogungbemi (Nigeria), Dami Ajayi (Nigeria), Rezthapoet (Nigeria), Olulu King (Nigeria), Sage Hasson (Nigeria), Adeoye Abodunrin (Life intuitive coach) and Timi Dakolo (Songwriter). There will also be performances by an array of some of the finest poetic voices in Nigeria: Wayne Samuel, Kemi Oladipupo, Soonest, Ifeanyi Bernard, Mankind, Angel salt, Otor Matthew, Nifemi Brown, Larry Foreman, Lazywrita, Solar speaks, Cephas, Ayo Komsons, Olivia, Afolabi Thomas and a host of other readers and fantastic bards. Participants and performers can register online at http://lagos.poetrython.com Entry: Download any of Tolu’ A. Akinyemi’s books “Dead Lions Don’t Roar” “Dead Dogs Don’t Bark” and “Dead Cats Don’t Meow” on @okadabooks or buy paperback at the Venue. The event is slated for the 20th of April,

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2019 AFRICAN WRITERS AWARD OPENS FOR SUBMISSION

2019 AFRICAN WRITERS AWARD OPENS FOR SUBMISSION

The Africa Writers Development Trust (AWDT) is accepting submissions for the 2019 African Writers Award on the theme “Cultural stereotypes in African Literature: Rewriting the narrative for the 21st Century Reader”.  They are accepting submissions in the following categories: Flash Fiction: Max 300 words Short Stories: 2,500 – 5,000 words Poetry: Max 30 lines Children’s stories: Max 1,500 with illustrations (optional). Four writers of African descent will win prestigious awards. The awards will be presented at the 2019 African Writers Conference Dinner and Awards Night scheduled to hold in September this year. The venue, date and time will be communicated at a later date. Please consider the following: Although the author retains full copyright, AWDT reserves the right to use the winning stories for promotional purposes only. This may include publishing it in the Writers Space Africa monthly magazine. The Longlist will be announced in July while the shortlist will be announced early August. The winners will be awarded at the award ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya. Submissions must be in English and must never have been published on any platform. All entries must be

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Discover My Top Writing Tips for Beginners and Get Better at Writing

Discover My Top Writing Tips for Beginners and Get Better at Writing

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a writer? Or ever fancied seeing your name printed in golden letters on the cover of a bestselling book? Well, if you just screamed a roaring ‘hell yes' at the top of your lungs, chances are you're meant to be a writer. You are meant to help change the world and inspire people’s lives through the power of your words. “But how do I begin? I have no ideas.” “I have ideas but I don't know how to put them on paper.” Worry not, I have a plan for you. Start reading and mimic the voice Write catchy titles Write for yourself Research and understand your audience Study ways to become a great storyteller Make your readers feel something Explore the Internet Be consistent Believe in yourself Write to throw the paper away These are my hand-picked top 10 writing tips for beginners to help you blossom into a top-notch writer. So explore each deeper, read them, apply them, and go get writing. 1. Read like a maniac As a writer, words are your fuel; and what better way to master words than reading itself. If you want to write, you need to read — and read, and read, and read! Read everything you can get your hands

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THE NIGERIA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2019

THE NIGERIA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2019

Entries are hereby invited for The Nigeria Prize for Literature. The yearly literature prize is endowed by Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Limited to honour the author of the best book by a Nigerian within the last four years. The prize rotates among four literary genres- prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature. This year, the competition is for Children's Literature. The competition is open to only Nigerian writers irrespective of their place of residence. It carries a reward of one hundred thousand US dollars ($100,000.00).   SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Ten copies of the entry and, if available, an e-copy, with evidence of Nigerian citizenship (photocopy of Nigerian passport or National Identity card), may be submitted either by author or publisher, in accordance with the genres in competition. Books should be submitted to Nigeria LNG Limited's External Relations Division, promoters of the prize, by the stipulated deadline. Failure to meet the stated conditions will lead to disqualification of the entry. No book published before January, 2015 will be accepted. Complete contact information, including full contact address, email(s), phone number(s) and other relevant contact i

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10 Writing Resolutions You Can Fulfill Today

10 Writing Resolutions You Can Fulfill Today

Sometimes even the most well-intentioned writing resolutions can end up being whimsical, erratic, and just plain unrealistic. But when you focus on goals that are slightly more achievable, you’re not only more likely to pull them off, but you’ll also feel much better about yourself come deadline time. Following are ten writing resolutions you can start fulfilling right now. 1. You Can Write Every Day Or at least on a regular basis. Plan a reasonable writing schedule and stick with it. Perhaps you’ll write for two hours every day, as I do, or perhaps you’ll only be able to save twenty minutes from the general frenzy of life. Whatever the amount of time, make up your mind to stick with it relentlessly. 2. You Can Finish That First Draft Let this be the year you type “The End” on that story (or stories) you’ve been tinkering with. Unfinished stories are unread stories, and unread stories are unpublished stories. Start building the habit of finishing every story you start. 3. You Can Study the Craft/Read More Invest in some worthy books on the craft, subscribe to writing magazines, or sign up for writing workshops either online or at a con

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BROKEN OR NOT episode 2

BROKEN OR NOT episode 2

EPISODE 02 *I watched as Austin crossed from the other side of the road to meet me. “I can’t find her anywhere. Maybe we should take the car.” He said, breathing fast. I held my head. “I am finished.” I ran my fingers across my hair in fear. “Austin, my daughter is gone. What am I going to do? ” You are gonna calm down.” He replied and pulled me to the passenger’s seat. “Get in.” He ordered. I obeyed immediately and took my seat as Austin started the car. “Where could she have gone to?” I asked. He took a glance at me and focused on his driving. “Ijeoma, how do you expect me to know that? We are gonna drive slowly; you keep your eyes to the right. I’ll focus on the left.” He replied as he gazed through the window. “I am a failure; I should have left Tiwa with her father. I should have, I have really failed.” I started. “She is new to Lagos, this is her first visit and she came because of this trial. I am ruined. I have killed my daughter. “Austin shook his head pitifully as he turned in the next fuel station. “Ijeoma, this is not your fault. She decided to take off.” It’s my fault! I should have forced her to come upstairs with me. Where do I go from here?” I retorted angrily. He

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