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.
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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