By Sam Banda Jnr:
Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) Monday made a call for entries for this year’s First Capital Bank /Mawu Short Story Awards.
Mawu President, Sambalikagwa Mvona, admitted Monday that they have delayed in calling for the entries.
“We are late this year and I hope writers will bear with us. The entries are now open starting today (Monday) and we will close on October 5 2019,” Mvona said.
The writer’s body’s leader said, last year, they received more entries from both male and female writers and that they were looking for the same this year.
“The past years have seen male writers dominating in terms of entries but last year there was a change and we were happy that more women writers came out. So we call upon writers to come out and submit their stories on any theme,” Mvona said.
The veteran writer, who is the longest serving Mawu leader, said they were targeting December to present the awards.
“We would like to thank First Capital Bank for their continued support to Mawu and, through the short story awards, we have unearthed a lot of writers. We want to do more so that writers can also be participating in international competitions,” he said.
The top prize will see the winner walk away with K400,000 with the first and second runners up receiving K250,000 and K150,000 respectively.
The awards also include the Best Women Entry whose prize is K70,000 and the First Capital Bank, Voice of Artist Award which was introduced last year and its prize is K100,000.
There will also be consolation prizes.
Last year saw the awards being held for the first time under the new name of First Capital Bank which has been sponsoring the competition for close to 13 years now and previously it was trading under the banner of Mawu/FMB Short Story Awards.
Graphic designer Charles Gallion Phiri came out top last year with his story ‘Voices from the Past’ while the first and second runners up were Juliet Newa and Auspicious Ndamuwa, respectively.
The guest of honour last year was veteran writer and historian the late Desmond Dudwa Phiri.
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