About the initiative
The dusty Manuscript initiative, is a brand new literary prize set up to promote the Nigerian writer to tell and sell their stories, top winning entries will get published under the Farafina breeze imprint, with over ₦1,500,000 Naira in cash prize.
We believe in not only discovering the next generation of Nigerian writers but also in empowering them, so that they can tell our stories across the globe. Which is why the Dusty Manuscript initiative features a two-day book writing and marketing boot-camp for the top 25 longlisted book authors.
What we are looking for
We are seeking submissions of genre fiction manuscripts that stretch boundaries creatively, culturally and socially. We believe in the power of genre fiction to tell our stories in an innovative way without sacrificing the Nigerian experience!
Word count: 25,000 minimum word count
Submissions should be adult fiction (in the sense of not being ‘children’s fiction’).
The use of Nigerian slangs and expressions are allowed.
The manuscript must be new in the sense that it is unpublished* in book form.
Eligible participants should have at least one parent born in Nigeria who holds citizenship of the same.
All entries must be submitted online.
One entry per person
- We will be accepting submissions from February 5th 2018.
- The submission period will close at 12:00 a.m. midnight (WAT) on March 31, 2018.
- The long list will be announced May 2018.
- Author writing/marketing bootcamp and announcement of shortlist June 2018
- Announcement of Top three at Evening Gala June 2018