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What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with diabetes?

To mark World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar created a platform to share your diabetes story with thousands of Nigerians. The aim of the project is to use the art of storytelling to create awareness.

Guidelines

1. Send a personal narrative of 500-1,000 words to www.missbloodsugar.com. It could be about you or someone else.

2. We are interested in nonfiction stories that capture the effects of diabetes on relationships, religion, finances, lifestyle choices, and of course health.

3. Entries are accepted from 1 September – 15 October 2019.

4. Winners will be announced on World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2019.

5. First place receives N30,000; second place: N20,000; and third place: N10,000. The first place winner’s work will appear on Bella Naija.

6. The best fifteen entries will be collected in an anthology titled Naija Book of Diabetes Stories. The fifteen writers will receive free copies.

For more updates on the competition, join our Twitter and Instagram community on @missbloodsugar.

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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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