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Narrative Landscape Press is pleased to announce this illustrator competition for Nigerian women illustrators. The winner of this competition will get a chance to work with a renowned author on their first children’s book. And there is a cash prize of N100,000—an advance on a possible future contract to work on this book.

Eligibility

Nigerian and female of any age. Nigerian being defined as having at least one Nigerian parent.

Guidelines

The illustrator instructions below will act as a guide. Please follow them as inspiration for your illustrations. We are looking for realistic, true, quirky, beautiful—yes, you guessed it, we do not know exactly. But we will when we see it. So, send us something true to you. The only rule is that the characters are Nigerian. Each illustrator can send in two versions of their submission. Let us see your range.

Send your illustrations as PDFs or JPEGs (email-friendly sizes, please) to competitions@narrativelandscape.com with the subject line reading Illustrator Competition [your name] on or before August 25, 2019.

The winner of the competition will be announced before the end of September 2019.

Illustrator Instructions

SN Instructions Notes
1 Family sitting room

Mummy getting ready for bed. Wearing pyjamas. Standing over daughter and Daddy.

Daughter playing on floor with Teddy and other toys.

Daddy is on the floor joining daughter in playtime.

 

Character profiles:

Daughter: Nigerian toddler. Female. Playful.

Mummy: Thirty-something, professional, middle-class Nigerian mother.

Daddy: Early forties, Nigerian, middle-class.

Teddy: Daughter’s stuffed teddy bear.

2 Family sitting for dinner

 

Character profiles:

Daughter: Nigerian toddler. Female. Playful.

Mummy: Thirty-something, professional, middle-class Nigerian mother.

Daddy: Early forties, Nigerian, middle-class.

Grandpa: Middle-aged – elderly Nigerian.

Grandma: Middle-aged – elderly Nigerian.

Teddy: Daughter’s stuffed teddy bear.

Enquiries should be directed to competitions@narrativelandscape.com.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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