Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) has said it plans to introduce a secondary school short story competition as part of nurturing talent and also uplifting writing in the country.
The writers body’s president Chikumbutso Ndaferankhande said Wednesday that, resources permitting, they want to start this contest to add to the other competitions they have on the ground.
“The situation is tough with Covid but we will try as much as possible to fulfill some of the plans. We will also try to write proposals to reach out to the corporate world for support,” Ndaferankhande said.
One of the competitions that has stood the taste of time and decorated writers in the country is the First Capital Bank Short Story competition.
“We are at the moment talking to First Capital Bank, which has been a friend indeed.
They have been supporting a short story competition for years and we are thankful to them. We have nurtured writers through this competition,” he said.
The Mawu leader said the short story competition for secondary school would help build writers from secondary level and instill in students a spirit of writing.
“If we can build this platform, then we are assured that we are laying a proper foundation for writing. We would want to do more and we pray that things normalise so that we start running around,” Ndaferankhande said.
On the Peer Gynt Award, which has also been a proper platform for challenging writers to write novels, Ndaferankhande said there was no sponsorship yet.
“We would love to push the Peer Gynt Award because this is big but we do not have sponsorship. We have not given up as far as getting sponsorship is concerned. We will update members on the development,” he said.
Ndaferankhande also said that they have a huge task to uplift writing in the country for writers to do well on the international stage.