NaijaStories.com is pleased to announce another Online science Fiction writing contest titled “What if …” sponsored by Lulu Vongtau. The idea for this contest came up on the science fiction story, Enestera Chronicles by @nicolebassey in which she imagines, what if NS was a planet of writers, ruled by a Queen and administered by Councillors and what if galactic communication and travel were possible?
British science fiction writer and children’s author, Christopher Evans, in defining Science Fiction said, “Perhaps the crispest definition is that science fiction is a literature of ‘what if?’ What if we could travel in time? What if we were living on other planets? What if we made contact with alien races? And so on. The starting point is that the writer supposes things are different from how we know them to be.”
Naija Stories is inviting you to write, in your most creatively, imaginatively expressed poem or prose, such scenarios that you can imagine about Nigeria, it’s culture, people and places, when you ask a question beginning with what if…? The entry does not have to be set in the future, or involve science, but it must be speculative and take us away from the mundane and regular.
There is a total prize of N20,000 on offer – N10,000 as the first prize, and N5,000 for the runner-up contestant, and N5,000 for the public choice award winner. So look around you, fire up your imagination, pick up your writing device of choice and get busy!
You can also check out this link HERE for ideas for your story or poem.
The Judge for this contest is Mazi Nwonwu, a member of Naijastories.
Mazi Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu is an editor and freelance writer with bias for speculative fiction. His articles and reviews have appeared in DailyTimes, Guardian, 234Next, Nigeria Village Square among others and his fiction has appeared in AfricanWriter, Sentinel Nigeria, Naijastories, Storytime and several other literary sites. He is published in AfroSF, the first PAN-African science fiction anthology, and Lagos 2060, Nigeria’s first science fiction anthology coming from DADA Books later this year. He is awaiting publication of his collection of short stories and working on his debut novel.
The rules are simple – they are as follows:
- Both Fiction and Poetry will be accepted
- The entries must original, and not previously published in any online or print channel
- They must be no less than 500 words, and no more than 750words.
- Only one entry per person should be submitted to this contest.
- The entry must answer the question, what if and must be set in Nigeria or have Nigerian protagonists
- Submissions must be written in good, clear and grammatical English.
- Special consideration will be given to entries that use language and imagery to express speculative ideas.
- The deadline for submission is Friday, 31st of May 2013.
Dates for Contest:
The contest opens May 6 and submissions end on May 31, 2013.
Longlist of entries that meet the criteria will be released June 2, 2013
Poll for Public Choice Awards – June 3 – 14th, 2013
Judging (by Fred Nwonwu) – June 3 to 14th, 2013
The winner will be announced by June 17th 2012.
There will be three (3) prizes in this contest.
First Prize – N10,000
Runner up Prize – N5,000
Public choice Award – N5,000
Steps to Submitting your Entry:
1. You must be a registered member of Naijastories.com.
2. If not, register on www.naijastories.com/register and allow 24hrs to be approved.
3. Go to http://www.naijastories.com/wp-admin/post-new.php and enter your submission directly.
4. Submit your entry as a post with a title that defines your entry, starting with “What if …”
5. In the body of the post, provide the following;
a. Your name and location
b. A brief one-sentence summary of your story
6. Put the entry in the category of “What If Nigeria” and press the button, “Submit for Review”.
There will have 2 strands for determining the winners;
Strand 1. – All the entries that meet the contest rules will be put to the public poll for the public choice award.
Strand 2. – Fred Nwonwu will select the winner and the runner up.
- The site editors will make sure that entries stick to the criteria of science fiction and answering the question, what if? They will also be checking for clean use of the English language, so polish your grammar and keep typos to a minimum please! We will also be looking for creativity, so go on and give it your all.
- The judge will be looking for great writing. Be genuine! Be unique! Be original! Use this as an opportunity to give full rein to you imagination.
If you have any questions, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Luck and Get Writing!