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Mawu challenges writers to come out

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Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) has called on writers in the country to come out and participate in the National Literary Award which has replaced the Peer Gynt Award.

Mawu President Sambalikagwa Mvona said Wednesday that they would want more writers to participate in the competition which will see the winner walking away with K1 million with the second and third positions pocketing K500,000 and K200,000 respectively.

There will also be consolation prizes.

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Mvona also encouraged more women writers to participate in the competition.

“This competition is open to every Malawian both in and outside the country provided they follow the rules. As said on Friday during official announcement, we are transparent in what we do and we have professional judges, who will scrutinise the work,” he said.

He further said that the competition is now open and that writers should submit their works of not less than 40,000 words.

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Mvona also said that the works should not have been published before.

The Mawu leader also said that writers can write on any theme but pointed out that the work should be for an adult novel with the deadline being December 31.

He also said that the work should be in English and that writers should hand over their work through post office or by hand to their offices in Blantyre.

Mvona said the coming of the National Literary Award indicates that they are making progress as far as uplifting writing is concerned.

A lot has been said that writing has gone done in the country and that the country can no longer stand out on the international platform and compete in top competitions such as Caine Prize.

Mvona said there was progress only that writers have to do more and be serious enough in their writing, hence introducing awards on the ground to motivate them.

The competition is being funded by Hivos.

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