BY SAM BANDA JNR:
Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) has said the 2018 short story competition has received an overwhelming number of entries.
Mawu President, Sambalikagwa Mvona, said Tuesday they have received over 100 entries.
“This is what we want to have; more entries. We have received 148 entries and we have also received a remarkable turnout of women. Of the 148 entries, 61 are from women,” Mvona said.
The past saw Mawu calling upon women to participate fully in the short story competition which has been dominated by men.
The short story awards wouldbe held on December 1.
“What is also interesting is that most of the entries are coming from the youth. We also have received entries from legends in the writing world,” the Mawu leader said.
Mvona also said the entries have come from writers across the country, with Karonga District in the Northern Region sending more entries.
“Now that we have closed receiving the entries, judges are now doing their job to come up with the winners; otherwise, we are also happy that entries have come from different places of the country,” he said.
The short story competition has been running as Mawu/FMB Short Story Awards but with FMB changing its name to First Capital Bank, Mvona said the name will obviously change to Mawu/First Capital Bank Short Story Awards.
First Capital Bank is the only bank sponsoring short story awards.
“First Capital Bank, formerly FMB, has been with us for 12 years and we would like to thank them for their sponsorship which we don’t take for granted,” Mvona said.
Mawu announced that monetary prizes in the competition have been raised this year.
The first prize will see the winner walk away with K400, 000 and a trophy, up by K100, 000 from last year’s winner.
The runner up will pocket K250,000 with the third prize being K150,000.
There will also be consolation prizes which have been doubled from K30,000 last year to K60, 000.
The most improved writer will receive K30,000, most imaginative writer will go away with K50,000 and best women entry will pocket K70,000.
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