Bakwa Magazine Short Story Competition 2016 for Cameroonians (FCFA 150,000 Prize)

Application Deadline:July 31st 2016

Bakwa magazine, the leading online literary and cultural magazine in English in Cameroon, which has been at the forefront of cross-cultural exchange, intends to celebrate emerging writers from Cameroon by giving them the opportunity to submit stories which, inasmuch as embrace realism, also highlight fantasy, science fiction, magic realism, romance, epic, political allegory and satire.

This is a one-off short story competition for Cameroonians residing in Cameroon or elsewhere in the world, who are 39 years and below.

Entries can be in either English or French and should be between 3000 – 5000 words. The winner will receive FCFA 100,000, while the runner-up will receive FCFA 50,000. The best stories submitted for the competition will subsequently be published in an anthology in 2017. A series of post-competition events will include writing workshops, readings and a number of translation projects.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • This competition is open to Cameroonians between the ages of 18 – 39, who live in Cameroon or elsewhere.
  • Entries may be in English or French.
  • Stories must be unpublished.
  • Stories should range between 3000 – 5000 words and the only acceptable formats include PDF and Word (.doc and .docx) files.

Prize Details

  • The judging process will be anonymous. The prize administrators will make sure that all personal information is removed before sending the stories to the judges.
  • A shortlist of six stories will be selected in September, from which a winner and runner-up will be chosen.
  • The winner will receive FCFA 100,000, while the runner-up will receive FCFA 50,000.
  • A series of post-competition events will include writing workshops, readings and a number of translation projects, as well as publicity via social media and news outlets.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected]gmail.com

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Bakwa Magazine Short Story Competition 2016 

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