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It’s a Conspiracy! – Short Story Call Out

I love conspiracy theories. Don’t you just love sitting down on a chilly night, warming yourself with a jiko, completely disregarding the carbon monoxide and building up maybe-true-but-not-so-quite stories about why so-and-so died rather mysteriously through a tragic car accident?

Well, here’s your chance to do just that and win festival tickets and some books.

Pick an event that actually happened, and create a fictional conspiracy story around it. Death, murder, politics, crime, family vendettas, and so on are acceptable themes for this contest. Before you send in your story, please refer to the Judges’ Note below.

Details:

Word Count – Maximum 1600 words.

Must be a fictional story not a commentary.

Email to: blogs@storymojaafrica.co.ke with ‘Conspiracy’ in the Email Subject.

Deadline for Submission: 8th May 2012.

Prizes

1st Place – 2 books, 2 Season Tickets to the Storymoja Hay Festival( 14 – 16 September 2012)

2nd Place – 1 book, 2 Season Tickets to the Storymoja Hay Festival.

3rd Place – 1 Season Ticket to the Storymoja Hay Festival.

Authors of the three top stories will have a chance to consult with an editor regarding developing their work for print publishing.

A Note from one of the Judges: 

Creative writing is both an honourable and rewarding art. Please treat it as such.

  • Do not send in your first draft. Go over your work and edit at least two or three times.
  • Please observe the rules of the written language. Avoid run-on sentences. Use punctuation marks where they should be. If you want to be clever with words, understanding the rules makes it possible for you to execute the play efficiently. If you do not understand the rules of language avoid making clever word plays(metaphors, cliches etc.)
  • Always make sure that the story you submit has your name inside the document, preferably at the top, or at the bottom if you must (if you include your pseudonym, please indicate this in your submitting email). Your document should ideally be a Word 97 document, single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman Font.
  • Follow submission guidelines. Read them through and go over your work to ensure it fits within the guidelines. Your story could be brilliant but it may be excluded because it does not fit into the guidelines.
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10 comments on “It’s a Conspiracy! – Short Story Call Out

  1. eric wanyama
    April 11, 2012

    changin a situation to a concpirecy is just the challenge i need. Big ups ta all contestants out there.

  2. Michael
    April 11, 2012

    Who may participate?

  3. simon
    April 11, 2012

    One question: Are we to pick the real event & tell a story using the ‘real’ people as characters in the story OR Can one use the real event to create an adaptation of the real event?

  4. Abdullahi Mohd Kabir
    April 11, 2012

    A brilliant piece.

  5. simon
    April 12, 2012

    Are we to pick the real event & tell a story using the ‘real’ people as characters in the story OR Can one use the real event to create an adaptation of the real event?

  6. Storymoja Africa
    April 12, 2012

    As long as it is a conspiracy theory story based on real events, it’s up to you to do whatever.

  7. Storymoja Africa
    April 12, 2012

    The only requirement for you to receive the prize is that you be an East African Resident.

  8. Ruth lucinde
    April 12, 2012

    Challenge time:)

  9. Shinde
    April 22, 2012

    Should the names of the characters be ‘censored’ if the fictional story is inspired by true events??

  10. Storymoja Africa
    April 22, 2012

    That’s all up to you.

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