From reading books to Writing books



AMAB and Home of Book Foundation announce today October 31, 2015 the Long list for the Flash Fiction Competition 2015. The unique biannual Nigerian literary prize, established by the two literary organizations, is worth N100, 000 in books, for the first, second and third prizes. In addition to winning the book prizes, winners will have the opportunity to be published in the first Nigerian anthology of flash fiction 2016.

The collaboration which was aimed at creating a literary prize to generate appreciable publicity for the improvement of the reading and writing culture in Nigeria. The mission is to initiate and encourage avid readers and transform them into talented writers that will usher Nigeria and Africa into the next century of literary greatness.


This year, 72 entries were received at the expiration of the deadline. The contestants were directed to submit entry not more than 1000 words. The judges observed that most of these entries were issue-based stories inclined towards exploitation, gender abuse, rape, child witches, child labour, among others. Narratives with thematic pre-occupations along contemporary times were few and far between. Some of the contestants put sociological criteria over good writing and approached these issues, not with fresh insights but rather, chose to go for shock over substance. In all, most of the entries were not probing enough nor deftly handled. However, there were stories with lots of promise. The authors of such demonstrated clear-headed thinking and the potential for future good writing.

Find below, the long list in alphabetical order:

  1. A New kind of Home by Mary Ann Olaoye
  2. An Abundance of Yellow Paper by Tarfa Benson
  3. Baptism by Sybbil Whyte
  4. Barber by Olakunle Ologunro
  5. Black by Nurain Oladeji
  6. Blood on the Soil by Kelvin Alaneme
  7. Daughters by Basit Jamiu
  8. Desire by Debora Oluniran
  9. God and other Griefs by Ohioleh Osadebey
  10. Home by Tochukwu Okafor
  11. Lost by Okwara Mirian
  12. New Openings by Awwal Abdul
  13. Not at Home by Aminu S. Muhammad
  14. Of Madness and Life by Hauwa Shafii
  15. Rubber Band Boy by Fu’ad Lawal


A shortlist will be announced on November 30, 2015. Stories in the long list will be published in due course.

The Rules of the competition were:

1. Submissions must be 1000 words or less in length, written in English.
2. The competition is FREE and the theme must be indigenously Nigerian. Radical and abstract works are especially encouraged.
3. Entrant must have an Instagram Account and must be following AMAB Books’ page (@amabbooks) as well as Home of Books Foundations’ Page (@home_of_books_foundation). Tagging of potential writers is highly encouraged.
4. Work must be the work of the entrant and must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.
5. Work must be entirely the work of the entrant, and the entrant must own the full publication rights to the story.
6. Submissions must be accompanied by a bio of the entrant
7. Submissions can only be accepted online via
8. Entries should be submitted as an email attachment as a Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx), or pdf
9. Multiple submissions are not permitted.
10. Entries cannot be returned.
11 Entrants must be resident in any of the States of Nigeria
12 Entrants must be minimum of 13 years old.
13. A word count must be given at the end of the story or in the covering email
14. Entrants agree to have their story published by AMAB Books in both electronic and paper format. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work with AMAB Books having first publication rights.

for further info, check or the organization’s instagram pages


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