Call for Submissions: In-House Contest V2

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In-House Contest Version 2!

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 #ROAinHouseV2

 

The first version of this contest had only two submissions for two different categories. No one was declared explicit winner, but the contest entries still got some audience. Read the contest entries here:

Entry 1: “Slap Maintenance” by Ndukwe Chizzy C. (Flash Fiction; Category 5)

Entry 2: “Student’s Life” by Joshua Nnamdi. (Blog Post; Category 6)

Welcome to Version 2. In this version, we’re concentrating on the Rio 2016 Olympics; therefore, our focus is on “Sports and the Olympics”, and all our topics revolve around it. It’s our way of being part of the grand sporting event.

 

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 an
African story detailing any water sport.
Word Count: Minimum of 1500 and 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 doping among sports men and women.
Word Count: The written work should have a minimum of 1500 words and a maximum of 2000 words.

Note: The written piece should be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV2 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 a his 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 “If Africa hosted the Olympics”

Word Count: Minimum of 3500 Words and 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 “ROAV2 Fiction 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 “Olympic Greats”
Word Count: Minimum of 3500 Words and 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 “ROAV2 Non-Fiction 
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 Tourist’s Tribute to a Brazilian City
Word Count
: Minimum of 500 Words and Maximum of 800 Words

Note: Flash Fiction work must be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or 
.rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV2 Flash Fiction 
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 on the Diversity of Culture on Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies
Verse Count: Minimum of 15 Verses and Maximum of 20 verses.

Note: Poem must be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or 
.rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV2 Poetry Submission”.
Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating
your name, location, and contact details. Indicate the poetic form employed on the body of the attached poem. 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 Crazy Sports Fan”
Acts Count: Minimum of 3 acts and Maximum of 5 acts

Note: Written play must be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or 
.rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV2 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 “The Thrill of a Racetrack from a Runner’s Perspective”
Script Length: Minimum of 4 script pages and Maximum of 6 script pages
Acts Count: Minimum of 3 acts and Maximum of 5 acts (Choice of act or script is at your discretion)

Note: The written piece should be mailed to
routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV2 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 Sports other than Football on African Streets.
Word count: Minimum of 1500 Words 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 “ROAV2 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, “The Olympics as practiced by the Ancient Greeks”
Word Count: Minimum of 2500 Words and Maximum of 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 The Sport You Wish Were in the Olympics
Word Count: Minimum of 1500 Words and Maximum of 2000 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
Sports Entrepreneur

Interview Length: Minimum of 7 minutes and Maximum of 10 minutes.

Note: The written piece of the interview (if any)
should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject
line “ROAV2 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. Version 2 runs from 0900 hrs, GMT+1 Monday, 15th August, 2016 to 2100 hrs, GMT+1, Monday, 5th September, 2016.

Submissions will only be received for version 2 within that window. 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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Entry for ROA inHouse Contest Version 1 – Category 11 | “Slap Maintenance” by Ndukwe Chizzy C.

Slap Maintenance

David was still rubbing his cheeks from the pain of the slap when Amaka walked into class, then he maintained. If he could, he would have turned a bright red on his left cheek and be lost in the confusion of what the cause of the abrupt pigmentation could be – the unwarranted slap or the unwanted embarrassment at sighting Amaka.
Three days ago, Amaka had spoken to him for the very first time. He had been classmates with her since JSS1, and having to utter the first word to your five-year-old crush wasn’t top of his to-do list that faithful Monday. He had just received another grueling lecture on how he had to break out of his shell as the topic for the family’s morning devotion that Monday morning from, nope, not his mother or father; from his junior sister. It was her turn that Monday, just like it had been a fortnight ago, and the fortnight before that, and the fortnight before that.
Ardent believers in the power of a spoken word, David’s family was. But in his opinion, attempts at talking him out of shyness shared amongst his family members like some form of shifting cultivation farm practice for the gazillionth time, was a gazillion times too many. So, he’d simply not listen, not like he used to. He had tried all they’d suggested to him and none worked, but he dared not admit he was actually paying some attention. When their suggestions started becoming overly repetitive, his resolution to completely disobey them as well started becoming infinitely solidified.
The one thing he hadn’t tried was talking to Amaka. He’d nurtured the thought in his heart since hitting puberty – that is if one knew how to distinctly indicate when puberty is hit – and it was a pretty simple one, the thought: “I am shy. I know because my parents say I am. I like Amaka. I don’t know why. But I do because when she comes around me, I forget how to breathe properly. If I can learn how to breathe around her, I’ve conquered something in life, I’ve had a victory. I would harness that feeling and reproduce it each time I feel shy.”
David’s conversation with Amaka that Monday morning went thus:
Amaka sashays over to David solving some integration math. She leaves her clique to do this one exclusive thing. “Hi,” she says. David goes straight into a panic fit the moment he realizes it’s her. He loses the ability to hear her as well. His auditory impulses were skyrocketing. He heard the loud thumping of his heart alone. It was drama. It seemed she was speaking all the while through, like she was really enjoying the sight. So, suddenly, what was a fit of awkwardness turned into a fit of anger. A strange understanding that what she was doing to him was demeaning condensed in his head. He couldn’t take it, so he screamed, “Get away from here! Gettaway! If I see you near me again, I’ll slap you!”
As Amaka walked into the class that Thursday, David’s cheeks went bright red. But he did resolve his facial pigmentation puzzle. The unwanted embarrassment was very much warranted. The unwarranted slap was as well very much wanted. It was a simple matter of pride. The pride that made his disobedience to his family’s instructions something he enjoyed so much. After his bout of anger at Amaka that Monday had subsided, he’d told his bosom friend and classmate who was there in the thick of the debacle that he’d slap himself if he ever stared at Amaka again. He did . . . both things.


 

Slap Maintenance is one of the entries for our 1st version of the Route Africa in-House contests. It is not a winning entry, but we felt it right and just to put it up here on our blog because it was just one of two entries for the entire contest and the only for its category (category 5 – “best flash fiction”).

Slap Maintenance is a “whodunnit”. It takes the definition of that word, rips out completely the aspect of it that has to do with murder, and settles into a casual mystery story about a slap. It exceeded the 500 word limit for flash fiction entries y a whopping 109 extra words, but it was a fun read anyway. We hope it is thae same for you.

To know about the other entry for version 1 of our in-House contest, click here.


Ndukwe Chizzy C. is a Route Africa member and pioneer, who loves writing. He’s a final year student of Petroleum Engineering in the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria.

Entry for ROA inHouse Contest Version 1 – Category 11 | “STUDENTS’ LIFE” by Joshua Nnamdi

Student Life by Joshua Nnamdi

Entries for Route Africa’s first ever in-House contest closed Thursday night, 2100 hrs GMT+1. Like the beginnings of any novel endeavour, it was not as impressive as one would hope for, but was instead an endeavour full of hope.

We received two entries in total (out of an expected 25) in two different categories. That doesn’t make much for a contest, so we’ve decided to – in the spirit of ensuring everyone wins – post the received entries here on our blog. The entries posted here for this version shall not be considered  “winning entries” such as should be awarded the prize of being published by our more established online literary magazine partners however.

The categories entered for were the flash fiction and the blog post categories (categories 5 and 11). The blog post entry, a highlight on student life written by Route Africa’s own Joshua Nnamdi (a first year student of chemical engineering in the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria) taken from an active stance is our focus on this post. It is very light reading (superb for any casual blog post, which is ups for him), and it relates well with just about any student in any Nigerian college/university. It’s a fun read.

Have at the look at an excerpt which we’ve reblogged here, and click on it to read more.

 

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Waking up this afternoon from my slumber,I remembered how I was told in elementary school that I am a leader of tomorrow.Since when I was told I have been privileged to be an a active participant of every ‘tomorrow’ that came my way.To be sincere,I was not very active in some because of something I cherish so much;sleep.Anyway,that I was a participant is what is necessary whether active or the other way round.So I have every right to give you details on what I encountered while active.Getting into school,I saw and came in contact with too many leaders of tomorrnw.They were already leading in their various endeavours and it was till then I got a clearer picture of what students’ life looked like.
I came across students that made me feel they were positively charged and their books the opposite.Our elementary science made us to understand that unlike charges…

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