All deadlines are at 11:59 PM UTC, on the specified date, 19 October.
Genre Fiction: Includes all sub-genres such as Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, Comedy, Action, etc.
Nonfiction: Includes all sub-genres such as General Nonfiction, Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs etc.
TERMS, RULES AND GUIDELINES
To participate in our fortnightly prompts, entrants “must” meet the following eligibility requirements:
N.B.: All writers must be Nigerians at the time of entry. A writer who resides in Nigeria without a valid government issued ID card, indicating that he/she is a Nigerian, cannot partake in this competition. This competition is strictly opened to entrants who are aged 14 and above.
For any questions about eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Entrants may submit a maximum of two entries only, where they must be in English. Entries must not have been previously published or shortlisted for another prize. Also, entries published or shortlisted during the judging or publishing process will be disqualified.
2. Submissions must be made within the stated deadline, 19 October. Any submission after the deadline will be disregarded.
3. Submissions must reflect the theme stated, “We Meet Again”.
4. The submission(s), excluding the title, must be between 1500 and 3000 words. Entries exceeding the word count requirements will be disqualified.
5. If submitting through email, the submission should be in either .pdf, .doc or .docx and in the following format:
• Double-spaced, Aparajita, Arabic Typesetting or Goudy Old Style font, 15-point size.
• The title of the story should appear at the top of the first page followed by the word count. No further information is required.
• Every page must be numbered.
6. The author’s name or detail must not be included anywhere on the document to be uploaded. The document must contain only the title, word count, and story. All entries are judged anonymously.
7. Submission is accepted only via email and the website. Entries can be sent to email@example.com. Once an entry has been submitted, no edits, replacements or exchanges will be accepted. If you wish to submit an edited or revised version of a previously submitted entry, you may enter it as a new submission, after you must have sent us an email so that we are fully aware of any change(s).
8. The subject of the email should read: “Submission for The UKAF Essay Writing Challenge October 2020”. The filename of the entry (i.e. the attached document) must be the title of the short story. In the body of the email tell us, briefly, about yourself, including such information as your legal name, age range, state of residence and social media networks. File size should not exceed 5 MB. Please ensure that in the body of the email, the entry’s genre/category and how you heard about us is stated.
9. Entrants agree as a condition of entry that the prize organisers may publicise the fact that a story has been entered, longlisted, or shortlisted for the prize.
10. By submitting an entry, the author agrees to its inclusion in an anthology should it be selected by the judges, and to work with editors to get the story ready for publication on our website.
11. By submitting an entry, the author attests that it is their original work and grants exclusive digital rights to UK’s Archive Of Figments should the entry be longlisted or selected for publication in the anthology. The copyright remains with the author.
12. The decisions of the judges in relation to the winning entries are final and not subject to appeal.
13. Longlisted and shortlisted writers will be expected to submit information necessary for publicising the prize on social media.
14. The winner will be expected to take part in publicity activities including social media where possible.
15. The author is who we will contact with any questions, updates etc. If you write under a pen name also, please indicate, as well, with your real name.
16. UKAF is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not become involved in copyright disputes. We reserve the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet all named criteria.
Winner Notification date, 26 October, refers to the date that all winners will be notified by.
Non-Winner Notification: Entrants not selected as winners will be notified individually via email on the same day as the winner notification date.
We Meet Again!
The times of the pandemic have taken such huge tolls on us. And we couldn’t be happier now that the pandemic is slowly fading away with us being able to finally get in touch and rekindle sparks with relations; or loved ones.
Three words, “We Meet Again“, is all it takes to start, end or continue, an adventure between kins and kiths.
For this fortnight’s prompts, we invite writers native to Nigeria to dive into their character’s world when a familiar face enters. We want to join your characters as they visit old relationships, in the oddest of manners.
Will there be repulsion and hatred? Or will they pick up from where their relationship stopped? Will others play a part in breaking or mending old ties? Maybe not, but you’re the author and we, as a team named UKAF, want in on your imaginations of the title, “We Meet Again“.
Write a story about a character who plans – or is forced – to attend a meet-cute or a meet and greet.
Write a story about a character bumping into an old friend, relative or loved one.
Write a story that either ends or begins with ‘long time, no see’.
Write a story about two characters, where one avoids meeting the other in a social gathering; or event.
Write a story about a character who goes on a merry-go-round for a lost pet – only to find out that it is now in the custody of a long-standing friend.
THIS COMPETITION HAS ENDED.