The Quarmo Writers’ Prize is free to enter for all writers who can put together a manuscript of 30,000 words in the next few months. Whether you have been working on something or you just got this new story idea, this might just be that golden opportunity you prayed for! Get those manuscripts out, edit and format them and enter. The winner of the 2019 edition, Vivian Ibe was the first female winner of the prize, with her story, What Dreams are Made of.

Who knows if you are just one draft away from the winning story. Get to work. Write. Edit. Rewrite. Submit!

Guidelines & Entry Rules

The prize is open to Africans living within and outside the continent  

The manuscript must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant. Published work is not eligible for the prize

Manuscripts must be at least 30,000 words. All entries outside this requirement are liable for disqualification

The winner of the competition shall be eligible to receive a sum up to a total of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira) from Quramo Publishing. An initial sum of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) will be disbursed to the winner; however, the receipt of a balance of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) is contingent upon the winner’s execution of a Development Publishing Agreement (the “agreement”) which sets out the terms by which Quramo will publish and distribute the winner’s work 

How to submit

All entries must be submitted electronically to the Quramo website in the following format:

  • MS Word file
  • Times New Roman font
  • Size 12 font
  • Left justified with 1.5 spacing

  All submissions must be sent in with the following information:

  •   A 150-word synopsis
  •   A short biography of the author
  •   Social media page(Twitter, Instagram, etc) This is mandatory.
  •   Full (legal) name
  •   Physical address
  •   Email address
  •   Phone number

Manuscripts submitted to the QWP should not have been entered into any other prizes running concurrently. Prior entries for the inaugural QWP are also ineligible

Identifying information (name, address, etc) should not be included on the pages of the manuscript.

Deadline: July 30, 2020

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