In-House Contest V1

InHouse V1

Welcome to Route Africa’s first ever In-House Contest!

Our In-House contest is a little way we ensure that the
writing never ceases. Think NaNoWriMo, but not in 30 days .
. . All The Time instead! and all the genres available as well, and best of
all, rewards of special publications and publicity for
contest winners.
Follow the discussion of this contest and topics on twitter
with the hashtag #ROAinHouseV1

 

Contest Eligibility:

You have to be African, and a registered member of Route Africa,
and have identified with a Route Africa activity unit in
order to participate. To become a member, click here.

 

Contest Rules:

No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions.

Submissions can be made in person to our Chief Editor
(Phone: +2348136659798), or email to
routeafricamail@gmail.com.

There are 12 categories for the contest, and contest
submissions must be made in the format described below:

Category 1: Best Review of African Literature on Wattpad

Task: Write a review, considering the social-scape
of wattpad and the dominant demographics of wattpad, of a
2015 African story on “Migration”.
Word Count: Maximum of 2000 words.

Note: Review must be written on wattpad, on the user
profile of the author alone, as a fresh story with only one
part. The winning story gets included in a new collection
series by the wattpad community profile for the Route Africa
activity unit, Meet Africa Initiative, and in addition, receives a Route Africa Seal
on its cover page. Still in addition, if the review is good
enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our
established partners, and a possible publication in
established online literary magazines too.

Category 2: Best Spoken Word Poetry Piece

Task: Write and enact a poem on “Lust”
Word Count: The written work should have a maximum
of 2000 words.

Note: The written piece should be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV1 Spoken
Word Submission”. The enacted piece should be uploaded to
youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece.
The winning piece gets his/her video included in a video made
by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as
a video series for our Spoken Word in-House Contest winners.
If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a
shout out from our established partners.

Category 3: Best Fiction Piece

Task: Write on the Topic “Africa in 20 Years”
Word Count: Maximum of 5000 Words

Note: Fiction work must be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or
.rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV1 Ficion Submission”.
Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating
your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a
recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query

letter). Winning piece gets a
publication in an established online literary magazine in
partnership with Route Africa.

Category 4: Best Non-Fiction Piece

Task: Write on the Topic “Colonialism”
Word Count: Maximum of 5000 Words

Note: Non-Fiction work must be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or
.rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV1 Non-Ficion
Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter
indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also
attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query

letter). Winning piece
gets a publication in an established online literary
magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 5: Best Flash Fiction Piece

Task: Write a Whodunnit
Word Count: Maximum of 500 Words

Note: Flash Fiction work must be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or
.rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV1 Flash Ficion
Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter
indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also
attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query

letter). Winning piece
gets a publication in an established online literary
magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 6: Best Poetry Piece

Task: Write a Reqiuem for an African Hero
Verse Count: Maximum of 20 verses.

Note: Poem must be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or
.rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV1 Poetry Submission”.
Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating
your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a
recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query

letter). Winning piece gets a
publication in an established online literary magazine in
partnership with Route Africa.

Category 7: Best Written Play

Task: Write a play on the topic “Young Love”
Acts Count: Maximum of 3 acts

Note: Written play must be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or
.rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV1 Written Play
Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter
indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also
attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query

letter). Winning piece
gets a publication in an established online literary
magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 8: Best Play-let

Task: Enact a play you’ve written (or one someone
else has) on the topic “Catching a Thief”
Script Length: 5 script pages
Acts Count: Maximum of 3 acts (Choice of act or script is at your discretion)

Note: The written piece should be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV1 Playlet
Submission”. The enacted piece should be uploaded to youtube
on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The
winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by
Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a
video series for our in-House Play Contest winners. If the
piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out
from our established partners.

Category 9: Best News Coverage

Task: Cover recent news (not older than 3 weeks)
focused on The African Music Industry.
Word count: Maximum of 2000 Words

Note: The News Piece must be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or
.rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV1 News Submission”.
Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating
your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a
recent photograph.(Click to learn how to write a query

letter). Winning piece gets a
publication in an established online literary magazine in
partnership with Route Africa.

Category 10: Best Review of African and Non-African Work

Task: Write a review of an African or Non-African
piece of literary work centered on the theme, “Race and/or
Racism in the 1980s”
Word Count: 3000 Words

Note: The review should be written and posted on
goodreads.com with the goodreads account of the author of
the work. Winning review will be included in a new Route
Africa series published on our blog, centered on winners of
out in-House contest Reviews. In addition, winning works have
a chance to receive publicity for their works by any of our
established partners, and in turn, have their works
referenced in any publication by an established online
literary magazine.

Category 11: Best Blog Post

Task: Write a Blog Post on Student Life
Word Count: 1500 Words

Note: The blog post should be written and posted on
the blog site of the author of the work. Winning posts will
be reblogged on our blog, and be compiled for our “Blog
Posts of the Year” at the end of the year, where featured
authors will receive an award price (an appreciation for
continuous writing and the beauty of the blogging art). In
addition, winning works have a chance to receive publicity
for their works by any of our established partners, and in
turn, have their works referenced in any publication by an
established online literary magazine.

Category 12: Best Interviews

Task: Conduct an interview with a young African
Entrepreneur with a Culinary Business
Interview Length: Maximum of 10 minutes.

Note: The written piece of the interview (if any)
should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject
line “ROAV1 Interview Submission”. The interview must be
caught on camera, and the video should be uploaded to
youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece.
The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made
by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as
a video series for our in-House Interview Contest winners. If
the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a
shout out from our established partners.

Contest Prizes:

Grand Prize: A chance to get your work published by an established online literary magazine.

Other Rewards:

  • Chances to be on the watch list of established personalities in the African Literary world, who have affiliations with us, and be announced by them.
  • Enlisting your work in our special collections of exceptional work.
  • Membership with a fast-growing literary community of youngsters in Africa.

 

Runner-Ups: The beauty of Route Africa’s in-House contests is that Everyone’s a Winner. Runner-ups will comprise of all the works that did not win. How do runner-ups win as well? They win by receiving a chance to redo (if necessary) their works, and have them published on our blog once redone as one of our regular blog posts/pieces.

 

Judges

Our judging panel consists of a carefully selected group of readers, and winners are chosen by popular opinion among these readers.

 

Deadline:

Each version of Route Africa’s in-House contest runs for a three-week period. Therefore, contest deadline for V1 is 2100 hrs, GMT+1, 11th August, 2016. Any submission after this time will be ignored.

Contest winners will be contacted the following day, as well as runner-ups.

 

♥♥Good luck guys, and may the best writer win.♥♥

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Call For Membership with Route Africa

This is an official announcement from Route Africa.

Membership with Route Africa is now open!

Route Africa is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young, undiscovered writers. (Click here to know more).  We were established by a group of young writers mostly in Owerri, Nigeria, and our influence is gradually being felt on a national, and even global scale.

 

Who is Membership For?

To know who membership is for, you must know the membership structure at Route Africa. There are two categories of membership:

  1. Club Membership
  2. Non-Club Membership

 

An Club Member is an:

  • Unknown and unannounced literary writer, poet, playwright, essayist, journalist, and dramatist, from any African Secondary School (grades 9 to 12) who will fully participate in the activities of Route Africa once it is established as a club in such secondary school.
  • Unknown and unannounced literary writer, poet, playwright, essayist, journalist, and dramatist, from any African High School who will fully participate in the activities of Route Africa once it is established as a club in such high school.
  • Unknown and unannounced literary writer, poet, playwright, essayist, journalist, and dramatist, from any Higher Institution in Africa who will fully participate in the activities of Route Africa once it is established as a club in such higher institution.
  • Unknown and unannounced literary writer, poet, playwright, essayist, journalist, and dramatist, who does not have formal education, but is above the age of 16 who will fully participate in the activities of Route Africa in the closest Route Africa club in his/her locale.

 

If you fall into any one of these categories, huraray! you’re qualified to apply!

Note that the fact that Route Africa has not been established in your school does not mean that you cannot participate actively, as most of Route Africa’s major activities are conducted on electronic platforms.

 

A Non-Club Member is a:

  • Person who was once a club member, but has graduated from active duties in the organization (as Route Africa is still less than a year old, this condition does not apply to anyone as yet).
  • Person who was not once a club member, but has indicated interest in performing duties expected of a passive member, but is a known, announced, and/or previously published writer, poet, playwright, essayist, journalist, or dramatist. As of now, this is the only condition that can qualify one as a non-club member. A non-club member is required to play mostly supportive roles (details of which are to be offered at acceptance of non-club membership), and have the option to perform club membership roles as well.

 

What Benefits Are There In Being a Member?

Route Africa considers its club members as its primary product. That is to say that the organization is poised and fully dedicated to working on its members, and seeing that they become the best products they can be.

Every club member (and non-club member who chooses to engage in club membership duties) gains from membership with Route Africa in the following ways:

  • Benefiting from effective and efficient network between he/she and other members, and between he/she and Route Africa’s partners.
  • Benefiting from faster and more efficient promotion of his/her literary work by means of partnerships with other literary outfits invested in publishing and publicizing literary works.
  • Benefiting from opportunities in the literary arts created for him/her by means of encouraging Route Africa partners/affiliates to offer promotion/publishing deals with him/her if he/she performs exceptionally.
  • Benefiting from active efforts to make him/her aware of opportunities in the literary arts by means of Route Africa members being in the know and informing he/she when there are contests organized outside of Route Africa that he/she is eligible for.
  • Benefiting from avenues provided by Route Africa’s institutional clubs dedicated to the personal development of his/her literary talents through in-house lectures, diverse activity unit participation, and in-house contests, and also through workshops, seminars, and open competitions, overseen, chaired, and judged respectively by notable literary icons.
  • Having a chance to announce African “movers” (unique African business, artistic, literary, etc. entrepreneurs who still have start-up outfits or have not been made known to a wider audience) to the world by regularly and frequently finding them in whatever corner of Africa they are in and conducting interviews with them for their craft to be made public.

 

How Can I Become A Member?

So, you’ve taken your time to read the above, and you’re still interested in joining us, then you automatically are our favourite person. To become even more of our favourite, complete your membership journey by downloading the membership forms from the links below:

Sign Up using Google Forms:

  1. Club Membership Form (Google Form)
  2. Non-Club Membership Form (Google Form)

Or, sign up traditionally by downloading the forms below:

  1. Club Membership Form
  2. Non-Club Membership Form

Read chosen form very carefully, follow all given instructions, download, fill the form, scan and upload the filled form in .pdf or .jpg formats alone (alongside with any other required document as specified on the instructions in the form) within the given time frame for each form to routeafricamail@gmail.com .

 

For club membership that requires payment, the payment of N500 can be made to this account:

 

Bank: Diamond Bank Nigeria

Account Name: Route Africa Writers Organization

Account Number: 0080219410

 

If you are not in Nigeria, and wish to make a payment but don’t know how to, you can contact us and lay your complaint, and we’ll assist you.
Thanks for reading, and signing up for membership!

We’re glad to have you.

Goodluck.

 

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