Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlists 20 for Flash Fiction category

Posted: December 18, 2013 in arts/culture

Telecommunications firm Etisalat Nigeria has unveiled the list of 20 writers on the shortlist for the social media driven Flash Fiction Prize built into the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature, and slated for formal presentation in January 2014.

Director of Brands & Communication at Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye, while announcing this in Lagos, explained that Flash Fiction is important in the Etisalat Prize for Literature and in literary circles because “it represents the short form of storytelling, a common stepping stone for accomplished writers. Short stories are where a lot of writers discover and perfect their talent especially in the social media driven world today of digital communication where content is absorbed in 140 characters or less.”

It would be recalled that in pursuit of its vision of encouraging and inspiring creativity, the telecoms firm invited entries for the Flash Fiction Category in the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

According to Denloye, “Entries opened on September 2 and closed September 30, 2013. We received over a thousand entries after close of entries; the public started voting online in keeping with the guidelines of the competition. Voting lasted from the October 1 through 31 and the result of the voting are the top 20 now unveiled.”

The Flash Fiction category is designed to celebrate the short form of storytelling for the upcoming writer. Three prizes will be awarded to the top three writers in this category selected by a high profile judging panel for the Flash Fiction Prize.

The winning author will get a cash sum of £1,000, a digital tablet, and will be promoted online and via digital media platforms. The category will also produce two runners up, with each receiving a cash sum of £500 and Samsung Galaxy Note for their literary efforts. The top stories will be compiled into an e-book anthology of flash stories which will be promoted online.

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