Guaranty Trust Bank plc has launched the Dusty Manuscript Contest to give budding writers the opportunity to win publishing deals for their finished, but yet-to-be published, manuscripts. Organized in partnership with publishing houses Okadabooks and Farafina, the contest is part of the Bank’s YouREAD initiative which is aimed at promoting the culture of reading.
The Dusty Manuscript Contest is the latest in a long line of GTBank initiatives geared towards promoting the appreciation of Art and supporting creative potential. In 2017 the Bank remodelled the old Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba into a state of the art learning and recreational facility that would give people in the community and beyond the opportunity to build capacity, gain exposure and connect with the world. The remodelled library has been the venue of regular book readings and art expositions organized under the YouREAD initiative.
With the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the Bank is seeking to address the challenges indigenous writers face getting their books published. The top 3 entries in the contest will be rewarded with publishing contracts with Farafina as well cash rewards. The top 10 entries will get their books e-published by Okadabooks, including book cover design, book editing, and publicity. The top 25 book authors will also get a 2-day boot camp training on writing, marketing and branding.
The entries in the Dusty Manuscript Contest will be assessed by a panel of four judges which includes Eghosa Imasuen, the author of widely acclaimed novel, Fine Boys, and Yejide Kilanko, a poet and therapist in children’s mental health, Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines, an Assistant Professor of English Language and Toni Kan, a writer and PR executive whose collection of short stories, Nights of a Creaking Bed, won the NDDC/Ken Saro Wiwa prize for literature.
Commenting on the Dusty Manuscript Contest, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “At GTBank we see art as not just a medium for creative expression but also as a means of livelihood, and by organizing the Dusty Manuscript Contest we are helping budding writers make a living off their works. He further added that; “By addressing the major barrier that our indigenous writers face in sharing their stories with the world, we hope to inspire and develop the next generation of award-winning and globally renowned authors.”
- Word count: 25,000 to 35,000 words
- Genre: adult fiction
- Written language: English
- The manuscript must be unpublished (never been printed in any form – anthology, magazine, newspaper, or online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites. )
- Participants should have at least one parent born in Nigeria who holds citizenship of the same.
- All entries must be submitted via the GTBank portal with an overview and synopsis of the manuscript, and a brief author biography.
- One entry per person
NOTE: No entry fee is required
Formatting Guidelines for Manuscript
- Submitted as a PDF or Word file (.doc and .docx)
- Twelve-point font, double-spaced
- All pages should be numbered and should contain the manuscript title.
- Author’s name should not be present anywhere on the manuscript.
- First Place: N1,000,000 + publishing contract with Kachifo Ltd
- Second Place: N500,000 + publishing contract with Kachifo Ltd
- Third Place: N250,000 + publishing contract with Kachifo Ltd
- The remaining shortlisted books with the exception of the top 3 will get their books e-published by OkadaBooks.
- Top 25 shortlisted authors receive a two-day bootcamp training on writing, marketing and branding.
Submission date; February 5th – March 15, 2018
Submission portal closes at 12:00 a.m. midnight (CST) on March 15, 2018.
The long-list will be announced in May 2018
Bootcamp and announcement of shortlist will be announced in May 2018
Announcement of Top three will be announced in June 2018
To submit your story, kindly visit http://csr.gtbank.com/dustymanuscript