Celebrating East African Writing!
Nsemia Inc. Publishers announces 2063: Kenya @ 100 Short Story and
Essay Contest that will run in the months of December 2011 and January
2012. The contest intends to task writers’ imagination and thought to
paint a picture of the country at 100 years of age.
Predicting the future has its dangers, but writers are encouraged to
take creative license and imagine the journey to the 100th birthday of
the country: its socio-economics, politics/freedoms, urban/rural
society, pastoral/farming/working life, the family, relationships,
marriage, divorce, births, deaths, child/ health care,, education
system, science/research/technology/inventions; the young/old, name
it! Think of how Kenya would have changed and the society that it
Writers are free to choose their style of presentation (persuasive,
comparative, descriptive, narrative or otherwise) dictated by scenes,
events, places, personalities, conditions and the like. Writers’ aim
is to tell an interesting, logical story that grips readers’
attention. Preference will be given to short stories and essays that
are believable with high creative elements, readable, and able to hold
the interest of the reader; stories that paint a comprehensive picture
the state of life of the time.
The awards for the winning five essays are $1000, $750, $500, $250 and
$100, respectively. In addition the top five winners will be offered
publishing contracts for book length versions of their essays and
short stories. The next 20 essays will be published an anthology 2063:
Kenya at 100 Perspectives. We are actively seeking sponsors to broaden
the award categories as such more awards will be announced as we get
The contest report will be published as a book of between 100 and 150
pages, featuring the top 25 contestant profiles and abstracts of their
short stories and essays. Other report content will include a
historical background of Kenya and developments to date, highlighting
major milestones in the making of the Kenyan nation.
Further, the report will have short history the Kenyan literary scene
and ongoing trends; and opinions on the future of Kenyan literature in
the face of globalization. A few chosen works from the Kenyan literary
scene and (where relevant) from outside the country will be featured.
There is limited advertising space for entities wishing to advertise
in the contest report.
Opportunities for participation include being a sponsor, a contestant
or a judge/reviewer.
Proposed categories for sponsorship include Top Female Contestant; Top
Contestant Under 18 ; Top Urban Contestant; Top Urban Contestant Over
18 ; Top Contestant from rural Kenya; Top Contestant from the
Diaspora ; Top Contestant from the Diaspora under 18; Top Male
Contestant over 65 years and Top Female Contestant Over 65 years; Top
Contestant on the subject of the girl child
The contest closes on January 31st, 2012.