The Burt Award for African Literature - Writing Competition 

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The Burt Award for African Literature:

The Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) in collaboration with the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDCK) and with the generous support of a Canadian patron, Mr. Bill Burt, have the pleasure to invite Kenyan authors to take part in a writing competition to produce engaging and educational stories for the youth (12 – 18 years old) which will be published as part of the Burt Award for African Literature.

Application Criteria for the Award’s Writing Competition

The story should:

  • Be written in English
  • Demonstrate a solid command of English through a clear cohesive language and proper sentence structure, vocabulary and punctuation
  • Be thought-provoking and original: it should have an excellent storytelling style, eg. Strong imagery, lively dialogue, and vivid description to arouse young readers’ interest and curiosity and keep them turning pages
  • Be prose fiction containing content and language appropriate for ages 12-18 years old
  • Have a strong literary merit, including:

    - Engaging characters with whom young readers can identify and a protagonist who overcomes challenges or obstacles in a positive way

    - A well-developed plot with a good flow of events

    - The effective use of literary devises, such as flashbacks

  • The story should reflect current issues and challenges of concern to contemporary Kenya
  • Submissions that have the potential to evolve into a book series or sequel are welcome.

    Manuscript Submission Guide

    1. The length of the manuscript should be between 120 – 150 pages.

    2. The manuscript should be in chapter form.

    3. They should be type-written in double space.

    4. The font type should be Times New Roman, font size 12.

    The Awards:

  • 1st Prize - CAD$ 12,000
  • 2nd Prize - CAD$ 6,000
  • 3rd Prize - CAD$ 3,000

    Deadline for Submission: 30th September.

    For more Award information and application, see: The Burt Award for African Literature

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