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CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2017 Ghana Writers Awards

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Writers and poets who wish to take part in the second edition of the Ghana Writers Awards could do so from April 14 to Sunday, May 14, 2017. Five literary genres comprising Short Story, Spoken Word, Poetry, Literature Blog, and Topic-Given Poetry contest are the categories in the second edition.

The awards will be judged by 10 judges from three continents across the world who are experienced and award winning writers in the categories being considered for the 2017 edition. Ghana Writers Awards is a literary prize instituted by some young Ghanaians to celebrate and promote Ghanaian writers and literature. The award, is the only nationally competitive literary prize instituted to recognize the role of unpublished Ghanaian fictional writers and other forms of the literary arts in the country. The prize was borne out of the need to promote reading and writing in Ghana and by extension increasing the number of Ghanaian published writers.

A statement signed by the Vice President of the awards, Mr Kingsley Kojo Antwi, said there would be separate categories for students in Junior High School, Senior High School and tertiary levels. Similarly, he said, there would be other non-competitive prizes for individuals and institutions that had contributed to the development and promotion of the Ghanaian literary arts industry. He said the 2017 edition will be held on the theme: “My arts my life: creating more opportunities for the youth in the literary arts industry in Ghana”. Mr Antwi, however, has called on benevolent individuals and organisations that would wish to support or partner in the organisation of the 2017 awards to contact the management of the awards.

He has also advised writers and poets who wished to enter the competition to send their works on time.

 

GUIDELINES FOR THE 2017 GHANA WRITERS AWARDS

How to enter: To participate in this contest, entrants are required to read all instructions and rules regarding this award. There are no fees associated with any entry. However, in order to be eligible, writers must meet all the criteria outlined below.

(1) Any entry shall be e-mailed to gawardssubmissions@gmail.com. The first page of any entry shall contain the following information: the category of work, the entrant’s name, e-mail address, phone number, region, and a computer word count of the work.

(2) By participating in the Ghana Writers Awards (GWA) contest, each entrant represents and warrants that:

(i) The submission is original to the entrant, and all right, title and interest (including but not limited to copyright) therein and thereto is exclusively owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary.

(ii) The submission does not contain any material that is libelous, defamatory, profane or obscene.

(iii) The submission does not contain any material that promotes racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;

(iv) The submissions shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorised account holder of the e-mail address associated with the entry.

 

Eligibility rules

  1. Published work is not eligible for the 2017 Ghana Writers Awards.
  2. Submissions should be made by the writer to the official email address provided: gawardssubmissions@gmail.com. However, those without email address may do so through a family member (spouse, mother, father, teacher or guardian).
  3. Only a fictional work is eligible for the 2017 Ghana Writers Awards.
  4. Only a story per writer will be considered in the short story category. However, poets are required to send three different poems with each poem not more than 30 lines.
  5. Published works in any form, including personal blogs, online, magazines, and newspapers are not eligible in the 2017 Ghana Writers Awards.
  6. Apart from the specified works (poetry, short story, spoken word, literature blog, and topic-given poetry contest) any other literary genre is not eligible in the 2017 Ghana Writers Awards.
  7. Any entry should be saved with the surname of writer plus the genre one is entering (e.g Poetry: Amankwah  or Short Story: Amankwah or Topic-Given Poetry:Amankwah, Blog: Amankwah). The font type should be Times New Roman, and double spaced. Document should be saved in PDF format. All document should have page numbers.
  8. The Topic-Given Poetry Contest is for only students (JHS, SHS, and Tertiary). This category consist of three separate slots for the various levels of education. It has its own rules, which will be outlined below.
  9. All works which do not conform to the outlined guidelines will be rejected.
  10. If you are not clear about any information regarding the eligibility process, please email us through: ghanawritersawards@gmail.com.

 

SPOKEN WORD CATEGORY

  1. Entrant is entitled to only one submission.
  2. Performance should not be more than five minutes
  3. There should be a relationship between visuals and theme
  4. Well edited video with clear sound
  5. Works can either be an individual performance or a collaborative performance
  6. The video should be on Compact Disc only (CD)
  7. Aside English language performance, entrants are to include sub-titles in the video of any vernacular expression (s).
  8. Indicate title and duration of video
  9. Indicate your name, email address, and contact number on the script to be attached with the CD.
  10. Attach a script of the performance (the message)
  11. Package your CD in a brown envelop and deliver it to Helen Selorm at the Ghanaweb Office at Dzorwulu near the Fidelity Bank. You can reach her  via 0504027141.

 

NOTE: this category is different from the poetry category and has its own rules as indicated above.

 

TOPIC GIVEN CONTEST: (Write a poem on illegal mining and its effects on the environment)

  1. This category will follow the same rules for the poetry category with the exception of the following:
  2. It is for only students in Junior High School, Senior High School, and Tertiary levels.
  3. Those in the same educational levels will be judged on the same scale (e.g, JHS category, SHS category, and tertiary category).
  4. Indicate your level of education and name of school or academic institution.
  5. Only ONE poem is expected from each entrant.

NOTE: this category will not follow the rule four (4) of the poetry guidelines.

 

LITERATURE BLOG CATEGORY

  1. Submit the link of your blog to the official email for the contest.
  2. Each blogger is entitled to only one blog
  3. A blog should not be less than one year in existence as of the time of this competition
  4. At least 60 per cent of the content on the blog should be original to the blogger A blog should at least have not less than 20 posts as of the time of this competition
  5. Title (s) of content (s) on the blog which is/are not original to the blogger must be indicated
  6. Unsourced content or plagiarized works will be disqualified.
  7. Blog should be active
  8. Write a short note on the rationale behind the creation of your blog
  9. Adherence to the protocols of good blog features will be an advantage

 

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence – A Little Bit – ASFORD PSALMS

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A little bit seems longer.

The hour glass turns over.

A little shift; I grow no younger.

And I can’t always be sober.

Our days are still running but sometimes it seems over.

 

Our days; our lives.

Our race; our stripes.

We make the rules.

But we can’t always choose.

 

Our plans are like wishes.

I wish to be in his shoes.

So others will want to be in mine too.

Our plans are like wishes.

They don’t always come through.

 

I wished to laugh; fortunately, I did.

I wished to succeed; interestingly, I won the bid.

But our wishes are like plans.

They don’t always work through.

 

Just as the time changes with seasons.

Our laugh changes; with or without reason.

Our path changes with a humorous teasing.

And our life expects us to learn; lessons.

Sometimes, it is too much to bare the weight of its pain.

And we can’t always be sane.

Especially, when our toil turns in vain.

And when the smooth turns really rough.

When the truth turns extremely lost.

And our youth; put into corfs.

When our hearts are broken and made carelessly soft.

When the trade of our hands are lost.

And our fortunes turns to cost.

When our fathers are shot; by any flying bullet.

And our mothers, maltreated by any available societal mullet.

When our sons and brothers are sold to a gang of hooligan soldiers.

And our daughters and sisters; bought by societal mullets and sold to the gang of hooligan soldiers.

 

Even these are not enough.

For life sees tangible reasons to molest our young ones.

Tear apart their clothes and rip away their dignity.

It sees reasons to suppress our old bags.

And oppress our ‘free valves’.

It sees reasons to shed more blood.

Blood of our true sons.

Life sees reasons for us to change our path.

And it enjoys the punchline when what we chose ends us up in cuffs.

Is the problem with life or with the beings?

For it sees reasons to wipe away our smile and put in it place, a heart of pain and frown.

 

We believe in the divinity of the heavenly crown.

But a little bit seems longer.

A little shift; and we grow no younger.

A little lift; and we will be stronger.

Our days are numbered.

Our lives have suffered.

Our stripes, have numbers.

Our future; seems, a conquest.

But a little bit seems longer.

The hour glass turns over.

Yet, I urge to hold on; a little bit; much more, longer.

 

 

Asford Psalms.

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PROMO IMAGES: Shatta Wale drops CLOUD 9 Hiphop Mixtape, OCT 17 – PHOTOS BY KWABENA AWUKU

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Shatta Wale (Charles Nii Armah Mensah) is currently Ghana’s biggest dancehall name –it has been the case for five years straight. With an extensive catalogue of bona fide  hits, it has kept him at the forefront of entertainers from these parts.

But does his midas extend to the hiphop genre?

Come October 17 (his birthday), he drops the widely-anticipated Cloud 9 mixtape. On that project, he challenges himself creatively, and seeks to establish himself as a force to recon with in the genre.

The project consists 6 songs, including Grow Bad, Feel So Stupid, and It Will Cost Them.

Here are Kwabena Awuku – made promo images for the upcoming project:

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#ENEWSGHPoeticJustice: Virtue Mask – Asford Psalms

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Men are many.

Each has a face.

But their faces are many.

 

Faces are faces.

Each is entitled to one.

But faces keep on changing.

 

Faces of love.

Faces of hurt.

Faces of truth.

Faces of lies.

Faces of humility.

Faces of pride and together, the above five.

 

We try to live with one.

But that is as equal to the fun in pun.

Some stay honest to one or a couple.

However, there is trouble.

People wear faces of virtue.

And behind that mask can be a face and a heart not equal to the visible facts.

 

Faces are shadows of reality of a heart.

 

 

 

 

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Fire & Ice – Asford Psalms

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Two extremes.
Nature made it; so it seems.
In your body it holds its peace.
But in mine, I have no leash.

I am fire and you are ice.
I burn harsh but you cool; nice.
I am ice and you are fire.
I turn hard but you melt right.

I look into your eyes,and I am lost.
But found in your world; where I love most.

You are fire.
And you burn hot.
But even when I am wrong; you plead not.

When my anger speaks, your ice melts with sweets.
And when my heart is cold, your fire keeps me close.
When I look into your eyes when I have done bad; I am as twice as scold.
But the lining around it, is much precious than gold.
The love in it is upright and bold.

You tell me to look into your eyes:
When you are happy but I am not.
Even when you are sad and I am not; and I can tell right back that the love in it can’t be sold.

Your eyes speaks to me.
And your heart holds me captive.
Your body burns with ease.
And your touch calms me to peace.

You flame me out.
But your love draws me in.
You speak to my heart.
And that’s how you keep me in.

You are fire.
But you are ice too.
And amazingly that is why I love you.

 

 

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IMAGES: A Plus/ Akosua Vee’s WHITE WEDDING!

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Here are images from Ghanaian entertainer A Plus’ white wedding to fashionista Akosua Vee at His Majesty’s Court Hotel (Accra) over the weekend.

Compered by veteran broadcaster Doreen Andoh, the classy event was attended by the likes of Hon. Kennedy Agyapong, Deputy Director of MASLOC, Afia Akoto, Joslyn Dumas, Fred Nuamah and John Dumelo, musicians Nana Boroo, Reggie and Bollie and Zeal of VVIP, Doreen Andoh, Steven Appiah among others.

Images: XHIBIT

 

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ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Crooked Smile – Asford Psalms

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It might have entered in too deep.

It might have stirred my heart.

Even with my stare into your eyes, I find peace.

 

I see the smirk on your face.

And I see you rejoice with haste.

You know you’ve won this part of the race.

But our paths sometimes loves undue fate.

 

You’ve come far and too close.

You’ve found your way around my home.

Fate loves to be undue, so your hand is what he chose.

He chose your hand to cut me.

And cut me, you did; close and in too deep.

 

As I knelt down on my bended knee to cry the tears within thee, I stared into your eyes and found peace.

For I saw:

There is a time to bow.

There is a time to call a truce.

There is a time to be a slave.

And a time to behave.

There is a time to be in charge.

And a time to be on a pointy edge.

There is time to leave so I can live to fight another day.

 

When I stared into your eyes, I found peace.

For in your eyes, I saw how weak you are.

And I have the strength you don’t have.

The strength to pledge to my current predicament to your pleasure.

The strength to bare the horrors of that deep cut.

The cut whoose rift bends deep into my soul.

The strength to bow now and live to fight another fortnight.

 

Life likes to play the cards of undue fate.

Mine is now but I see in your eyes what you don’t.

I will savour the pleasures of your defeat in the next turn of cards when it is my true turn.

 

Asford Psalms.

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