After spending several weeks poring over more than 1000 stories submitted for the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the judges of the competition have selected their top 20 entries.
The selected entries are:
- Devil‘s Pawn byKukoghoIruesiri Samson
- Home to the hill by Eunice Ekelaka
- Sambisa by Mohammed, Fatima Aliko
- The Smell of rain by NneomaOtuegbe
- Omon by Henri Yeri
- The Orchid ProtocolOnochie Emeka Onyekwena
- Love Unexpected by Pailyin John
- Children ofthe Night by ChimaobiOlayinkaAhuekwe
- Giants by AdeyinkaIsioye
- The Fugitive by Chidubem Akala
- Kamalu’s Symphony by HayzardSolum
- The Kidnappingby Oputuboye T.J. Krukrubo
- Hues of the Sun by Ally Oyedokun, Maryam Wuraola
- In the Half-Dark by AyosojumiAdeniyiAkinsanya
- Book of Lost Words by IkechukwuNwaogu
- Secrets beyond the Red Gate by Sylvia Ozomena
- Lyrics by AdejokeOlamuyiwa
- The Other Side of Truth by NnemaAnieto
- Identity by Victor Oladutemu
- The Way We Do It Here Now by OnyekaIbe
The judges, which includerenowned authorsEghosaImasuen, Yejide Kilanko and Toni Kan, as well as an Assistant Professor of English Language DrAinehiEdoro-Glines, carefully selected the top 20 entries based on originality, language, grammar, narrative strength, coherence and dramatic intensity.
Throughout the selection process, the judges were not made aware of the identities of contestants, and the authors of the 20 shortlisted entries will remain anonymous until the winner of the contest emerges.
Theauthors of the shortlisted manuscripts will now proceed to a 2-day Writers Boot Camp where they will interact with and learn from accomplished authors on the art and business of writing.
Organized in partnership with publishing houses Okadabooks and Farafina, The Dusty Manuscript Contest is part of GTBank’sYouREAD initiative, which is aimed at promoting the culture of reading and inspiring the next generation of award-winning and globally renowned authors.
To read excerpts of shortlisted manuscriptsvisit: