2016 Kofi Addo Writivism Prize for Non Fiction Guidelines (closed)

  1. The Kofi Addo Writivism Prize for Non Fiction is an annual award for non-fiction by emerging African writers resident in Ghana administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE).
  2. The prize shall in future years widen its eligibility criteria to include non-residents of Ghana but for now seeks to remedy the prominence gap of Ghanaian writers on the African scene.
  3. Entrants must be unpublished writers (unpublished here means those who have not had a book published), resident in Ghana.
  4. Questions of eligibility shall be resolved by the CACE administration and their decision is final.
  5. Non fiction for purposes of the prize includes factual prose that is written beautifully using literary techniques, be it in essay, reportage, memoir and other forms.
  6. Entries must be submitted online, by emailing them to info@writivism.com as attachments (not in the body email), clearly labeled in the subject: Kofi Addo Prize 2016. The writer must include in the body of the email, other information about him/her, as city/town of residence, age, legal name and pen name (where applicable) and telephone contact.
  7. Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Kofi Addo Writivism Prize for Non Fiction. The story must be original and previously unpublished in any form except on the writer’s personal blog.
  8. All entries must be in English, and 2,500 – 3,500 words long.
  9. Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text formats, with the title of the story as the file name. The first page of the story should include the name of the story and the number of words.
  10. The entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and 1.5 line spacing. No mention should be made on the identity of the writer in the entry.
  11. Entrants agree as a condition of entry that CACE may publicize the fact that a story has been entered or shortlisted for the Prize.
  12. Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the writer. CACE will have the unrestricted right to publish and translate the long-listed stories in an anthology and for promotional purposes.
  13. The NEW deadline for receiving entries is May 30, 2016 at midnight GMT.
  14. The prize judging panel comprises NoViolet Bulawayo (Chair), Yewande Omotoso and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah.
  15. Shortlisted writers will be invited to attend an arts festival in Accra, where the winner shall be announced.
  16. The winner shall be awarded $500 (USD).


About Kofi Addo

Nana Kofi Addo, Ex Werempehene of Kwahu-Twenedurase, near Obo, was born on 6th May 1921 in Abetifi, Kwahu and passed on, the 2nd of December 2011. He loved to write, and in his retirement authored and published, ‘Letters to a Son: Guideposts to Morality and Discipline’ (Published by Dorrance U.S.A., 2000) and his second book, “A Village Boy’s Dream – A Will to Succeed” – An Autobiography (Self-published in 2009). He had numerous articles published in various magazines and left behind 3 unpublished manuscripts including “Guidance for Young Women”.


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