OkadaBooks Dusty Manuscript Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of fiction to dust up their manuscripts and get published. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights (for the top entrants, after the first three months of publication. So they won't take the book else where immediately after winning). The top 25 entries will be judged by the okadabooks audience via an algorithm that includes the books final rating. And the ranking of the top 25 will be adjudicated by professional writers only.
• First Place: N250,000 (Android Tablet)
• Second Place: N150,000 (Android Phone)
• Third Place: N100,000 (Android Phone)
• Top 5 books get their book e-published by okadabooks, including book cover designed, book edited and placed on the okadabooks front page for one month, including book adverts on bellanaija and lindaikeji.
• Top 10 books get their okadabooks account credited with N10,000 MTN or Etisalat credit (This way, they won't be expecting the N10,000 credit in their hands)
• Deadline: 30th January, 2017 (Its too close. Unless we are going to release this to the public soon enough so they can start preparing their manuscripts. Or, we reduce word count).
• Word count: 35,000-100,000 words (30,000 - 60,000. My opinion)
• Submissions should be adult literary or genre fiction (in the sense of not being 'children's fiction')
• The work should be in English (Pidgin can only be included where necessary, especially for a character that is not well educated)
• The manuscript must be new in the sense that it is unpublished in book form. (It shouldn't be published on the net or in book form. Not even an excerpt should be found anywhere else).
• Eligible participants should have at least one parent born in Nigeria who holds citizenship of the same. (Since it is the fist of its kind. We can leave it like this. Subsequent ones can be opened to African countries)
• All entries must be submitted on the okadabooks site with the hashtag #DustyManuscript2016 (What of, DustyManuscript2017? Since it is a 2017 contest) and set at a price of N100.00 and placed under the "Raw and Unpublished" category.
• All Entries should have a custom cover design (sure. Because those who don't make the top list will still need their covers.)
Contest Tentative Timeline:
• Entry Deadline: Janury 30th
• Top 25 voting: January 30 to February 28
• Judging: February 28th to March 30th
• Annoucement at Writing Workshop
• Editing/Cover design/Publishing: March 30 to May 30th
Judges Wish List