Call For Entries –  Abstinence (Collection In Celebration And Commemoration Of World Aids Day)

Call For Entries – Abstinence (Collection In Celebration And Commemoration Of World Aids Day)

WRITERS AGAINST AIDS AND TOBACCO SMOKING

CALL FOR ENTRIES – 

ABSTINENCE (A COLLECTION OF POEMS, ESSAYS, PLAYLETS, INTERVIEWS, SHORT STORIES, ESSAYS ON HIV/AIDS)
IN CELEBRATION AND COMMEMORATION OF WORLD AIDS DAY

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

Poetry

  • Minimum of 40 and Maximum of 50 Lines.
  • It must be double-line spaced
  • On any form – Epic, Ode, Epistolary, Dirge/Elegy, Ballad, Sonnet etc.
  • Only on HIV/AIDS issues
  • Any sign of plagiarism will disqualify participant’s entry.
  • The closing date for submission is every 5th of December 2013.
  • One poem per entrant.
  • When submitting your entry always remember to include:

–         Name

–         Age

–         Location

–         Tel No

–         Website/Blog of your work

–         Short profile about yourself.

Entry should be sent to the following e-mail: societyofyoungnigerianwriters@gmail.com

 


 

Short Story

  • Minimum of 1000 and Maximum of 1500 words.
  • It must be double-line spaced
  • On any form – Scientific, Detective, Crime, Fantasy, Love/Romance etc.
  • Only on HIV/AIDS issues
  • Any sign of plagiarism will disqualify participant’s entry.
  • The closing date for submission is every 5th of December 2013.
  • One Story per entrant.
  • When submitting your entry always remember to include:

–         Name

–         Age

–         Location

–         Tel No

–         Website/Blog of your work

–         Short profile about yourself.

Entry should be sent to the following e-mail: societyofyoungnigerianwriters@gmail.com

Drama

  • One Act play is alright.
  • It must be double-line spaced
  • On any form – Comedy, Tragedy, Tragic-comedy, Farce etc.
  • Only on HIV/AIDS issues
  • Any sign of plagiarism will disqualify participant’s entry.
  • The closing date for submission is every 5th of December 2013.
  • A play per entrant.
  • When submitting your entry always remember to include:

–         Name

–         Age

–         Location

–         Tel No

–         Website/Blog of your work

–         Short profile about yourself.

Entry should be sent to the following e-mail: societyofyoungnigerianwriters@gmail.com

Essay

  • On any topic
  • It must be double-line spaced
  • On any form – Expository, Descriptive, Existentialism, Argumentative etc.
  • Only on HIV/AIDS issues
  • Any sign of plagiarism will disqualify participant’s entry.
  • The closing date for submission is every 5th of December 2013.
  • An essay per entrant.
  • When submitting your entry always remember to include:

–         Name

–         Age

–         Location

–         Tel No

–         Website/Blog of your work

–         Short profile about yourself.

–         Where you heard about the call for entry.

Entry should be sent to the following e-mail: societyofyoungnigerianwriters@gmail.com

Interview

  • Accomplished Young and Adult Writers are to be taken into consideration for the interview.
  • Pictures of those interviewed are not necessary but if you have, you can send it.
  • It must be double-line spaced
  • Interviewer can also send – voice interview.
  • It must reflect various experience(s) of any HIV/AIDS Victim(s) interviewed.
  • Only on HIV/AIDS issues
  • Any sign of plagiarism will disqualify participant’s entry.
  • The closing date for submission is every 5th of December 2013.
  • One interview per entrant.
  • When submitting your entry always remember to include:

–         Name

–         Age

–         Location

–         Tel No

–         Website/Blog of your work

–         Short profile about yourself.

Entry should be sent to the following e-mail: societyofyoungnigerianwriters@gmail.com

 

PRIZES TO BE WON INCLUDE

Free Membership into the Society (Plus Membership Certificate and Membership Card), and Publication of Abstinence (Only in E-book Format), Award of Certificate of Participation, Outstanding and Achievement to participating members and outstanding entrants.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Primary School pupils between the ages of 6-9

Secondary school students between the ages of 10-16

Tertiary Students between the ages of 17-35

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

Writers Against AIDS and Tobacco Smoking is an association of authors from both literary and educational sectors who merged to educate and inform people on the prevalent causes, effects and havocs of HIV/AIDS and Tobacco Smoking in Nigeria and Africa.  A literary and educational organization affiliated with Education Writers Association, (U.S.A) and Society of Young Nigerian Writers, (Nigeria). It was established to sensitize, inform, entertain, encourage and educate the public on what AIDS and Tobacco Smoking means, their havocs, effects, Causes, Spreads, Quitting, Misperceptions, symptoms, detection and monitoring, treatments, support mechanisms, preventions, Testing, Social perspectives, Social Stigma and Discrimination and information resources.

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE MOVEMENT INCLUDE:

  • To educate and inform the public on the need to abstain from unprotected sex and illicit smoking.
  • To encourage and support the victims of the two scourges in making their plights known to the government and donor agencies across the globe.
  • To re-orientate upcoming writers to write to give hope to the hopeless and not to write for winning prizes and accumulating money.
  • Organizing workshops, symposia, conferences, seminars and fora for members of the Forum.
  • Sourcing funds for financial supports for the affected victims.
  • Publication of Weekly, Monthly and Annual Journals, Newsletters and magazines on the latest development and innovations on HIV/AIDS and Tobacco Smoking which will be in printed and online formats.
  • Establishment of YOUNG WRITERS AGAINST AIDS AND TOBACCO SMOKING CLUBS in Schools, Churches, Mosques and different Business Units.
  • To equip, nourish and nurture the minds of the younger ones on the necessity of abstaining totally from the two deadly scourges.
  • To create a tink-tank platform where students and Anti-AIDS and Tobacco Smoking Writers can brainstorm and discuss the latest development on the two deadly stigmas.
  • Support members in getting their works – articles and essays on AIDS and Tobacco Smoking published either in printed or online format for the benefits of the public.
  • To create a computerized membership database of Writers Against AIDS and Tobacco Smoking.
  • To broaden the vision of combating against the deadly AIDS and the dangerous Tobacco Smoking.
  • To create a link where writers against AIDS and Tobacco Smoking can link and communicate with each other.
  • To give award and reward health and social activists who had contributed greatly towards the reduction of the two deadly scourge in Nigeria.
  • To work together with local and foreign agencies, associations, boards and organizations sharing the same vision with the Forum.

 

AIDS

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), human viral disease that ravages the immune system, undermining the body’s ability to defend itself from infection and disease. Caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), AIDS leaves an infected person vulnerable to opportunistic infections—infection by microbes that take advantage of a weakened immune system. Such infections are usually harmless in healthy people but can prove life-threatening to people with AIDS. Although there is no cure for AIDS, new drugs are available that can prolong the life spans and improve the quality of life of infected people.

Transmission of HIV—the AIDS-causing virus—occurs most commonly as a result of sexual intercourse. HIV also can be transmitted through transfusions of HIV-contaminated blood or by using a contaminated needle or syringe to inject drugs into the bloodstream. Infection with HIV does not necessarily mean that a person has AIDS. Some people who have HIV infection may not develop any of the clinical illnesses that define the full-blown disease of AIDS for ten years or more. Physicians prefer to use the term AIDS for cases where a person has reached the final, life-threatening stage of HIV infection.

PREVALENCE OF AIDS

AIDS is one of the deadliest epidemics in human history. It was first identified in 1981 among homosexual men and intravenous drug users in New York and California. Shortly after its detection in the United States, evidence of AIDS epidemics grew among heterosexual men, women, and children in sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS quickly developed into a worldwide epidemic, affecting virtually every nation. The United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates that the worldwide number of new cases of HIV infection peaked in the late 1990s with more than 3 million people newly infected each year. However, some regions of the world, especially Vietnam, Indonesia, and other countries in southeast Asia, continued to see an increase in the early 2000s. In addition, the number of people living with HIV or AIDS has continued to rise as the result of new drug treatments that lengthen life.

 

While cases of AIDS have been reported in every nation of the world, the disease affects some countries more than others. About 90 percent of all HIV-infected people live in the developing world. AIDS has struck sub-Saharan Africa particularly hard. Two-thirds of all people living with HIV infection reside in African countries south of the Sahara, where AIDS is the leading cause of death.

In countries hardest hit, AIDS has sapped the population of young men and women who form the foundation of the labor force. Most die while in the peak of their reproductive years. Moreover, the epidemic has overwhelmed health-care systems, increased the number of orphans, and caused life expectancy rates to plummet. These problems have reached crisis proportions in parts of the world already burdened by war, political upheaval, or unrelenting poverty.

For comments and enquiries, please contact

 

Wole Adedoyin on

08072673852, 08142693764

Coordinator


2 thoughts on “Call For Entries – Abstinence (Collection In Celebration And Commemoration Of World Aids Day)” by Society of Young Nigerian Writers (@wolex)

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    igbor clemency (@clemency): Senior Scribe - 24031 pts

    Hmmmm, good one. I’m interested, where do we send our submissions to?

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    khadijahmuhammad (@khadijahmuhammad): Senior Scribe - 22253 pts

    This is a good cause.

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