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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 The award, is the only nationally competitive literary prize instituted to recognize the role of unpublished Ghanaian fictional writers and other forms of the literary arts in the country.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: Daydream – Asford PSALM

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The night visions beckon me to a wake.

I have stayed all night to figure it right;

From the mammoth to its tiny bits.

 

Night is gone, day is here;

But I’m stuck in a looping rear.

For a reason or the other and though the sun is here;

It seems to have not found a way to light away my fear.

 

My arm is up and my jaw sits atop.

But in a new day I flay in the same dream non-stop.

I’m at the mercy of a night vision that won’t go away;

A day dream; one in part, the same.

When at all can I walk my thoughts?

Can I even work my thoughts?

Will it even be worth it?

 

Gracefully and all of a sudden,

A snap!

His snapping fingers won’t stop until my mind responds to him with same.

Why are you lost in your thoughts son?

You are in too deep in the wrong way.

Walk out of your thoughts and make it work;

Your thoughts on its own has no legs!

Lucky for you, you have two legs and arms too.

So make it work!

 

Asford Psalms

 

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DADDY DEAREST! Sarkodie flaunts “barrister” daughter in new images

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Since she arrived in 2016, Titi (Adeline Owusu), and her father Sarkodie have been simply inseparable. His pride and joy, the adorable little girl has been the subject of endless affection not just from her rapper dad, but also from a wide section of Ghanaians.

The two have documented their close bond via many heartwarming pictures (most prominently on the album cover of hiphop act’s latest album “Highest”), often promptly becoming social media fodder.

Here’s the latest instalment, posted by the rapper on his Instagram act, and captioned “Madam Maame Adwoa Owusu Addo – Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana … Chambers – @cqlegal”

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Nowhere to go – ASFORD PSALM

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The first time was to be my last.

The first time was to come by and away it goes past.

But then I tasted the sweet in the crevices and the cracks;

And I have lost all haste to leave thus fast.

 

The first was to only be but the first;

Until I tasted more of its sweets.

Now it has had me mellow and my craving thirst has bid me to follow.

With nowhere to go I am an obliged fellow;

I have lost all counts and can’t keep score.

 

I am livid though I ask for more and more.

I will love to go back to where I came from.

Contrary, here I am, held against my will to the sweets of this world.

The first time was a wish;

The second was a charm;

The third meant no harm, but here I am, I have been bewitched.

And it seems there’s nowhere to go.

 

Asford Psalms

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Nowhere to Go – Asford Psalms

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The first time was to be my last.

The first time was to come by and away it goes past.

But then I tasted the sweet in the crevices and the cracks;

And I have lost all haste to leave thus fast.

 

The first was to only be but the first;

Until I tasted more of its sweets.

Now it has had me mellow and my craving thirst has bid me to follow.

With nowhere to go I am an obliged fellow;

I have lost all counts and can’t keep score.

 

I am livid though I ask for more and more.

I will love to go back to where I came from.

Contrary, here I am, held against my will to the sweets of this world.

The first time was a wish;

The second was a charm;

The third meant no harm, but here I am, I have been bewitched.

And it seems there’s nowhere to go.

 

 

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Escape – Asford PSALM

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Up-above or down-below, there’s so much but nothing to show.

Down-below or up-above there’s everywhere but nowhere to go.

The option is a smiling face yet a hurting heart;

A sweating face mixed with tears which cannot be abate.

A mustard seed faith which is damned by fate.

There is an exigent need to escape.

Yet; beneath the reflection is a mountain of everything and nothingness;

Its peak dwells deep down into the earth.

Beneath the reflection of this calm river are waves that speaks with no still voice.

A sun as pale as the moon;

A sky without birds;

And clouds as jagged as a curse.

Beneath the reflection is a person whose world has been turned upside down.

Exigency beckons for an escape!

But within that same reflection there cannot be an escape for the poor soul.

Escape cometh by deflection.

 

by Asford Psalm

 

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: TRANSITION – Asford PSALM!

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Life is a gift.

Our being on earth.

Our existence, leaves far too many unanswered questions.

Marvelously, the more we try to comprehend, the more complicated it becomes.

The more we try to discover, many doors we do create with more questions needing answers behind them.

 

The Supernatural force of creation, let onto us; ‘grace’ and a much bigger scope of possibilities.

The possibility of ‘what is’, ‘what could be’, ‘what is not’, and why we should fail even before another possibility arises.

 

There are no mistakes in life.

A deed today; be it positive or otherwise, has a role in nature’s path to perfection.

Each string of humanity, every possibility, every single thought and idea, every failure, every success, countless disasters, brutalities and every single action of who so ever, is perfection.

There is a greater picture of life than just living.

What you choose to see is up to you.

When and what you think is your own perquisite initiative.

 

Life is a fairy tale.

At least, that is what the young soul might think.

Could they be wrong?

How we see life is an extension of our imagination, far and exceedingly above what is by sight.

Life is living with a foot in the past, the other in the present and our greatest tool; the mind, on the future.

And this does not limit our transition to being the bigger man.

Being the bigger man in the picture is mostly life in its entirety.

It’s being the better you.

 

Being better than you were years, days, hours or even seconds ago.

Challenging yourself to every inch of possibility and opportunity known to even circles beyond.

It is about accepting what is and not.

It is about giving-in every stroke of ink to the bigger painting than what you possibly see at an arm stretch away.

It is about giving that hand;

Sharing that space;

Being fueled by the negativities;

Seeing through the pain;

Feeling that shame and standing right back up at where you lost your name;

It’s about being hurt, shedding those tears;

Having many fears, loosing as many as possible ‘dears’;

Falling down, rising back up;

Sharing that simple smile;

Getting angry, losing control and coming right back on track;

Falling apart, gathering every broken piece together;

It’s about being curious, living an adventure, going an extra mile, fracturing your parts, limping on them;

It’s about living in the shadows and coming out with a body;

It’s about doing the wrongs;

Apologizing for what is due;

It’s about righting the wrongs.

Making the best out of each flaw;

Facing your demons;

Praying to live on;

Hoping for the best;

Living the present;

Hoping to avert the worst;

It’s about dreaming big;

Thinking fast and being smart.

 

Life is short for regrets.

Life is about knowing when to say ‘Yes’ and staying firm to your ‘No’.

It’s about being strong when weakness wants to get you on hold.

It’s about being defined and re-defined

Being molded and re-molded.

It’s about coming out with an extra lining of excellence.

Life is just a fascinating intangible.

Its drive is faith.

A hope of a better future than the past.

And the living of the present.

 

Life is worth living but not dying for.

When all goes wrong; raise your head up high, face the sun and as you hope for a change, make it.

If all is well, be thankful.

 

Life is a gift.

An imagination waiting to be made possible not only by chance but by actions.

 

Asford psalms

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