It’s 11;59pm and as promised submission for the 2016 #360WRITERSCHALLENGE is now opened! Good luck to all of you tertiary students who dare to dream and ‘Lead The Way’ to storytelling in Ghana.
Here is a message from the 2015 #360WritersChallenge winners:
“Writing starts as a passion that grows till it finds expression on paper. This evolves into a need to get your work assessed to be sure of its quality. This is where the #360WritersChallenge came in for me. It was an opportunity to let the experts see my work. And their stamp of approval was very encouraging. But the challenge didn’t leave me there. Neither did it leave me with only prizes (even though they were packages to die for). It went beyond that. It opened a portal into the literary world; where I get to network with giants in literature to grow my gift. I was absorbed into the threesixtyGh team where I get to showcase my work on a worldwide platform. I even got to give a lecture at GIJ. It has been a thrill of a year and it is even getting better. The next best decision you will make as a budding writer is sending an entry for the challenge. Trust me!” – Michael Osei Agyapong (1st Place Winner, #360WritersChallenge, 2015)
“The 2015 #360WritersChallenge was a very refreshing experience. It was a unique avenue and great motivation for the upcoming Ghanaian writer. Although I entered the challenge with much trepidation, the joy was indescribable when I emerged runner-up in the competition. The experience emboldened my creativity as a writer and challenged me to write even more. Joining the ThreesixtyGh crew afterwards has been a great excitement. I am blessed to benefit from the great skills and talents of the members of the crew who have in fact become family. All in all, becoming part of ThreesixtyGh has not only impacted on my writing endeavours but on my life as a whole. ThreesixtyGh continues to break boundaries and impact immensely on the lives of young Ghanaians especially writers who can now join the writers’ challenge and bring forth their genius. I am immensely grateful to be part of this amazing team!” – Samuel Owusu Achiaw, (2nd Place Winner, #360WritersChallenge, 2015)
“I entered the threesixtygh.com Writers’ Challenge in 2015 because I love competition and also because it was an avenue to tell my own story and create my own power. I was declared one of the winners, and with that came a cash prize, souvenirs and the chance to join threesixtygh.com as a writer. A year down, I can only be grateful for the opportunity. The money I won got finished the day after I received it. The souvenirs and other items, I gave out. But being on the threesixtygh.com team has taught me invaluable lessons about the power of teamwork, innovation and impact. I have also learnt that it is a crime to let your talent lie fallow and untapped. This platform has given me exposure so immense that I doubt I could have enjoyed anywhere else. So, if you’re currently a student in a Ghanaian university and you know writing is your gift, submit an entry for the Writers’ Challenge 2016. The prizes are fantastic, and there’s nothing to lose…what are you waiting for?!” – Leslie Kossi Akplah, (3rd Place Winner, #360WritersChallenge, 2015)
Here are the Basic Rules:
- Tertiary Institutions ONLY (Must show proof of current enrollment at a tertiary learning institution)
- Word count of not more than 2000 words
- Content MUST be original
- Choose one of the following themes:
- Stories that capture the governance system in Ghana
- Untold stories about leadership
- E-mail content in Word format to info@threesixtyGh.com with #360WritersChallenge in the subject area
- MUST be submitted by 11:59pm (GMT) on 15th June 2016
Challenge Time Frame
Submission Opens: 1st June 2016 (Announcement of Sponsors, Judges, and Prizes)
Submission Closes: 15th June 2016- 11:59pm (GMT)
Readers and Judges Deliberate: 16th June 2016 – 29th June 2016
Winners Announced: 30th June 2016 at 11:59pm on www.threesixtyGh.com
We are excited about having the same judges as last year. Meet our judges:
Nana Akua Brew-Hammond is the author of Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly called “a winning debut”. Named among 39 of the most promising African writers under 39, her short fiction was included in the anthology Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of Sahara. She has contributed fiction to African Writing, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sunday Salon, and the short story collection Woman’s Work, and has contributed commentary on everything from Michelle Obama’s role in the US President’s campaign to Nelson Mandela’s legacy on EBONY.com, TheGrio.com, MSNBC, NY1, Sahara TV and ARISE TV. In April 2015, she was the opening speaker at TEDxAccra. Also noted for her personal style, a host of photographers have captured her looks for the street style slideshows and print editions of outlets including New York Magazine, Essence Magazine, TheSartorialist.com, and The New York Times. She was twice shortlisted for a Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. Most recently, she was a Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence. She is currently at work on her next novel.
Dankwa Apawu is a senior lecturer and head of languages at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) Accra. A literary critic, artist, and instructor of creative writing. Mr. Dankwa is dedicated to creative, enthusiastic, and dynamic teachings as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge in learners.
Deborah “Smallie” Lomotey is a Journalist, Communication Strategist, and Media and Brands expert. Has reported and produced for E.TV Ghana, Adom FM Radio Station, and worked with the Ghana Journalist Association. As a journalist, Deborah reported on various issues ranging from political to economic but with particularly emphasis on human impact stories. Some of these stories can be viewed here Currently, she works with ActionAid Ghana as the Communications Officer and is passionate about human rights issues and women empowerment.
1st Place Winner
GHC 2,500 – Cash Prize
Phone with credit
1 free French session
2nd Place Winner
GHC 1,000– Cash Prize
Phone with credit
3rd Place Winner
GHC 500 – Cash Prize
*All 3 winners will appear on Citi 97.3FM on the Writers Project of Ghana show to share their content and experience. Also, receive a Goodie bag (books, wristbands, stickers, pens), resource membership card for one year with access to a multimedia library, assistance with writing and free 3-month creative space to build on writing talent. In addition to writing for www.threesixtygh.com.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, partners and everyone who has donated:
Alliance Française, Stanbic Bank Gh, Writers Project of Ghana, CitiFM, Fine Things Patisserie, JustFresh, Enora Foods, iSpace Ghana, Combing For Curls, Vision Inspired Music, and LizGat Company Limited.
*Please note rewards are subject to increase based on fundraiser effort