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Eghosa Imasuen, author of Fine Boys, is one of judges for The Dusty Manuscript Contest. Photo credit: Emmanuel S. Oyeleke.

Guaranty Trust Bank has announced a new book prize called The Dusty Manuscript Contest. It will be Judged by Ainehi Edoro, Brittle Paper editor and Marquette University Assistant Professor of Literature; Eghosa Imasuen, author of Fine Boys (2012); Toni Kan, author of the NDDC/Ken Saro Wiwa Prize-winning Nights of a Creaking Bed; and Yejide Kilanko, poet and finalist for the 2017 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award.

Organized as part of GTBank’s YouREAD initiative, in partnership with publishing houses Okadabooks and Farafina, The Dusty Manuscript Contest aims “to give budding writers the opportunity to win publishing deals for their finished, but yet-to-be published, manuscripts.”

Ainehi Edoro, editor of Brittle Paper and Assistant Professor of Literature at Marquette University, is one of the judges for The Dusty Manuscript Contest.

The project comes with considerable incentives.

With the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the [GT]Bank is seeking to address the challenges indigenous writers face getting their books published. The top 3 entries in the contest will be rewarded with publishing contracts with Farafina as well cash rewards. The top 10 entries will get their books e-published by Okadabooks, including book cover design, book editing, and publicity. The top 25 book authors will also get a 2-day boot camp training on writing, marketing and branding.

Commenting on the new prize, GTBank Managing Director Segun Agbaje, said:

“At GTBank we see art as not just a medium for creative expression but also as a means of livelihood, and by organizing the Dusty Manuscript Contest we are helping budding writers make a living off their works. By addressing the major barrier that our indigenous writers face in sharing their stories with the world, we hope to inspire and develop the next generation of award-winning and globally renowned authors.”

To submit your manuscript, please visit HERE.

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

10 Responses to “The Dusty Manuscript Contest | GTBank Announces New Book Prize To Be Judged by Ainehi Edoro, Eghosa Imasuen, Toni Kan, Yejide Kilanko” Subscribe

  1. ABDUL BAFFAH 2018/02/08 at 04:18 #

    Hello,
    The page for submission is not active.

  2. Akpata Dennis 2018/02/09 at 07:58 #

    Hello. Please is when is the dateline for submission? And again, can one submit a collection of short stories?

  3. belinda 2018/02/11 at 09:12 #

    the submission page is not active

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