In-House Writing Contest Version 4: “Of Christmas”

In-House Contest Version 4!

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 #ROAinHouseV4

Welcome to Version 4. In this version, we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, with our pens first. Themed “Of Christmas”, this version presents recognizable and easily relatable elements of the Christmas holiday and the Christmas spirit, and we get to write on them, in whatever context we choose. The flexible nature of this version allows space for more creative thinking, and a splendorous array of fun, interesting, engaging stories from all participants. It’s gonna be a jolly good, colourful, ride, as has been since auld lang syne. 

Contest Eligibility:

You have to be African, 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 on wattpad of any already written story by someone else other than you that reminds you of the word “Boxing” as it relates to Christmas.

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 that reminds you of the word “Carol” as it pertains to Christmas.

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 “ROAV4 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 a short fiction piece that the words “Saint Nicholas” inspires, as it pertains to Christmas.

Note: Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV4 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 “Origins” as it pertains to Christmas.

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 “ROAV4 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 flash fiction piece that the word “Grinch” inspires, as it pertains to Christmas.

Word Count: Minimum of 400 Words and Maximum of 700 Words

Note: Flash Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV4 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 a poem that reminds you of the word “Mistletoe” as it pertains to Christmas.

Line Count: Minimum of 60 lines and Maximum of 80 lines.

Note: Poem must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV4 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 that reminds you of the word “Fried Rice” as it pertains to Christmas.

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 “ROAV4 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) that reminds you of the word “12 Days” as it pertains to Christmas.

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 “ROAV4 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) that reminds you of the word “Kwanzaa” as it pertains to Christmas.

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 “ROAV4 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 a book already written story by someone else other than you that reminds you of the word “Hanukkah” as it relates to Christmas.

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 that reminds you of the word “Papa Noël” as it pertains to Christmas.

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 and get him/her to answer questions about “Purchases” as it pertains to Christmas.

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 “ROAV4 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 4 runs from 0900 hrs, GMT+1 Tuesday, 6th December, 2016 to 2100 hrs, GMT+1, Tuesday, 27th December, 2016.

Submissions will only be received for version 4 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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