ANNOUNCING: JostStart + Two Writing Competitions

AdeOla Fadumiye who blogs at JostWrite is one of my treasured readers (Even if I don't mention your names individually, please know that I treasure and value each and every one of you who take time to visit and/or comment on this blog.  God bless you plenty).  Apart from boldly sharing her own experiences with freelance writing, she has an admirable passion for highlighting other talented people (particularly Nigerians) who are also pursuing their passions.

[Image  Source: Jake Bellucci]
 To further the goals of JostWrite, she has just launched a project called JostStart: Doers to Dreamers where she features enterpreneurs who have moved from just 'dreaming' to actually 'doing.'  If you know of anyone who you would like to see featured there, please contact her at  You can read more about JostStart HERE.

Writing Competitions

I know I mentioned in a blog post last year that I would let you know of any writing competitions I came across.  Please see below details of TWO such competitions and if you are qualified to participate, don't hesitate.  Start writing now.

Literary Star Search Contest: I found the information on this contest via 'The Bookaholic Blog.'

To participate:

  • Write a short story of no more than 3, 500 words, double-spaced
  • Send Entry Fee of N 3, 000 payable to Zenith Bank

Grand Prize: 1 Million Naira
2nd Prize: N 300, 000
3rd Prize: N 200, 000

Sponsors/Organizers: Creative Alliance
Please visit the official contest page for more information.

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Yoruba Literature Writing Competition:  I found out about this writing competition via 'Book Republic.'

Some of the qualifications include:

  • You must be between 15 - 40 years old
  • The work must be written in Yoruba
  • It must be original

Please visit the blog of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers for more details and additional information.

Fagunwa Prize for Prose Writing – N 20,000
Prof. Akinwunmi Ishola Prize for Drama – N 20,000
Tunbosun Oladapo Prize Poetry – N 10,000
Dr. Adebayo Faleti Prize for Drama – N 20,000
Elder Supo Kosemani Prize for Poetry – N 10,000

Deadline: March 1, 2012

Have a wonderful week ahead!

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Thanks for the info, great opportunities!.....and by the way, I love your new blog design!

Uzoma Ikechukwu

Hmmmm.... I might just enter for the yoruba writing competition since I am good in writing yoruba, though I wonder how we can use our computers to put the amin on our words.
I don't know, but I dont think I am keen on the idea of paying to enter a writing competition. Doesn't really encourage me.

Awwww, thanks Relentless for the shout out. I really appreciate it.
Writing competition in Yoruba? that is da bomb...for sure not entering for that one until i brush up on both my written and spoken Yoruba. :) SAD!


Thanks for sharing this info, it's always nice to see there are still people out there who are willing to give up their time and expertise to support others, very commendable

Thank you Naija4Life. You are one to talk with all that you are doing :). I actually mentioned your work with "Give a Book" in an old post here:

Amen, and thank you much.

Happy New Year, Uzoma! Thanks for the compliments on the blog design.  Keeping my fingers crossed that this one'll stay sha.  Meanwhile, I am glad to be of service, as per the info :-)

The Yoruba one? Omo, your Yoruba must be pretty tight. I didn't even let the thought linger in my mind sef ... Lord knows the amin alone would take all the prep time for me.  So kudos to you. Ko easy mehn! 

I have no idea how to do that on a PC, but I heard you can do it easily on a MAC.  I no get MAC sha, so ...

You know, about the entry fee, you read my thoughts EXACTLY! I was thinking the exact same thing, but decided that for the sake of others who might be interested regardless, let me kuku post the info.  I thought the idea of a competition precluded paying to contest.  But na so we see am ...

AdeOla, you are SO welcome. The pleasure is moine.  Anytime :-)

LOL! That makes two of us not taking part in the Yoruba competition.  Both my spoken and written Yoruba have plenty room for improvement, so writing a whole entry in Yoruba ... Well, let's just say I would really need to exert myself.  I ain't ready ...

Thanks by the way for the honorable mention on your blog.  I shall stop by soon to comment.  I am still blushing sef *blushing continues*

Yes, Naija4Life, just like what you are doing with your campaign, JostStart is a 'worthy cause' and I hope you'll support it too.  Thanks for the kind comments :-)

Thanks for sharing this link, AdeOla. I had no idea ... I'll check it out. 

Joststart will be a great encouragement to those still procrastinating, nice one. I'll check out the writing contests and pass along too on Naija Stories.

Indeed, it will, Myne.  It'll get those sitting on the fence to actually commit.  Thanks in advance for passing on the message to Naija Stories.

Thanks! I am sure the designer would appreciate the compliments :-)

You need to pay me more than 100,000 for me to write in Yoruba!

Ofili: And how much do we need to pay you to write in English? *eyebrows raised*


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