Competitions To Engage Your Child In This Holiday (UPDATED)


Here are some competitions your children and/or wards should be a part of this holiday season. What better way to keep them busy?!

Etisalat Prize for Literature Announces 2018 Call for Entries


Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat, has announced a call for entries for the 2018 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The opening date for the submissions is 3rd July 2017 and the closing deadline is 18th September 2017.

Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, said the company was delighted to flag up the fifth year of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, which has become a leading platform for the discovery and promotion of African literary talent.

He disclosed that the new panel of judges will comprise: Harry Garuba (chair), Doreen Baingana and Siphiwo Mahala.

The judging panel will initially select a longlist of nine titles, and following a second round of screening will announce a shortlist of three finalists, ahead of the 2018 grand finale/award ceremony.

Outlining the criteria for entry, Willsher said that books submitted must have been published in the previous 24 months from the date of the call for entries. Such books should contain no fewer than 30,000 words and must be the author’s first published fiction book. The author must be an African citizen, but may reside anywhere in the world.

Furthermore, all entries must be submitted by incorporated publishing houses that have existed for six years or more, with registered ISBN or the equivalent, and the publishers must have published a minimum of three authors. A publisher may enter a maximum of three titles. Seven copies of each title entered must accompany the application form, along with an acceptance of the publicity terms of the Etisalat Prize .

The winner receives £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen, and an Etisalat-sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, where he or she will be mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland’. The winner and the two runners-up also participate in a multi-city book tour sponsored by Etisalat. Etisalat purchases 1,000 copies of each of the shortlisted titles for distribution to schools, libraries and book clubs across the African continent.

Alongside the Prize for Literature is the Flash Fiction Award, an online-based competition open to all African writers of unpublished short stories of no more than 300 words. The winner of the Flash Fiction Award receives £1,000 and a high-end device, while the two runners-up for the Flash Fiction Award receive £500 each in addition to high-end devices.

Click here to fill the form and enter for the Etisalat prize for literature..

About the Prize

The Etisalat Prize for Literature celebrates new writers of African citizenship whose first fiction book (over 30,000 words) was published in the last twenty four (24) months. For the purposes of this definition, first book means first printed production in book form.

Authors and their publishers can be based anywhere in the world. The winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature receives £15,000, and a high end device. In line with our vision of promoting upcoming writers, Etisalat will sponsor a book tour to three African cities. The winning writer will also embark on the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden (author of The Last King of Scotland) which will include significant opportunities to meet other writers, publishers and most importantly work on their second book. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is unique in that it also aims to promote the publishing industry at large and will therefore purchase 1000 copies of all shortlisted books which will be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the African continent.

Indomie Independence Day Heroes Award

Dufil Prima Foods Plc., makers of Indomie noodles brand has announced the kick-off of the 10th edition of its multi million naira corporate social responsibility initiative; tagged ‘Indomie Independence Day Award’ (IIDA).

The award is geared towards the recognition of children who have against all odds, exhibited extraordinary acts of bravery and determination in the face of danger and societal challenges.

Speaking at a briefing in Lagos to kick-start the search, which would commence in October, the Group managing director, Dufil, Mr. Deepak Singhal who was represented by the head of marketing, Indomie, Mr. Manpreet Singh said, “This year’s edition of the award will mark the 10th year of the noble initiative which has affected the lives of many Nigerian children. As a way of commemorating the event, 10 winners will be rewarded with scholarship as against the usual three winners in previous editions. Essentially, the winners will be drawn from three categories, namely physical, social and intellectual bravery.”

The Group public relations and events manager, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju while shedding more light on the award categories said, “the physical bravery category will acknowledge kids who at great personal risk, saved lives or by their actions prevent extensive damage to property or others; social bravery category will celebrate kids who work against social evils such as child marriage, illiteracy and environmental concerns in a sustained manner.

while the intellectual bravery category will recognize children with innate ability and have performed remarkably well despite physical, mental, emotional or financial limitations.

You can submit entries for the Indomie Independence Day Awards here.

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