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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 The award, is the only nationally competitive literary prize instituted to recognize the role of unpublished Ghanaian fictional writers and other forms of the literary arts in the country.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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VIDEO: Love Yourself – Poetra Asantewaa

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Directed by Eames, spoken word artist Poetra Asantewaa’s latest video addresses various beauty stereotypes women have to deal with on a daily basis.

“Love Yourself’, as the piece is titled, was released last year to critical reception. It was produced by Qube, and ultimately charges people to possess a sincere sense of affection for themselves without waiting for permission from another to do so.

Author of the landmark EP Motherfuckitude: The Naked Ones, Poetra (born  Ama Asantewa Diaka) is a 2016 OneBeat Fellow, as well as founder of Alikoto Clothing, Yobbings and Love Rocks.

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Element – Asford Psalms

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There are things that holds the world together.

Some may be visible to our eyes.

Others, not so well or even impossible.

But there is one.

One particular element, we may think is not visible; may be not enough.

But to some, they see it in a colorful spectrum.

And an array of notes with a blend of hearts: spoken through the mouth or corridors of our minds.

We might need not to sing but in meditation, it is felt.

Felt in the innermost cores of our souls.

This is an element that can never be forgotten.

For better or for worst.

Whether we are conscious or we are not.

For it flows in a colorful rainbow affecting the length and breadth of the world.

From soul to soul.

From our heads to our soles, we feel it touching every nerve in our bodies’ and bones.

 

It is an element that teaches us who we are, where we are, how we got here; it shows us the future in tunes and how we can hold on.

 

It is that it is.

It is that which sees no boundaries.

Speaks all dialects.

Knows no age.

Sings many genres.

 

It is the only element that can speak to our emotions at a particular minute.

It is that which touches our hearts, even when we cannot see it.

 

It is: that which can speak a particular language we do not know.

But we definitely, will tag along.

It can make us strong.

Even if we are broken beyond repair.

It is that which can change us from good to wrong.

Or from being bad into a good bond.

It is; that which can bring together or loose forever a tight bond.

 

It is that which sings to all our senses.

 

And there is only one element that has so many defenses.

 

And that is MUSIC.

 

Music is the element that feeds our souls.

Holds us in any weather; hot or in cold.

Music is the only element that transcends every barrier.

Music speaks all languages.

Moreover, it fills our hearts and revives our souls.

It can hold us emotionally, physically and psychologically; if it is seen through spirituality or seen through the world.

 

Music teaches us when to mellow or be bold.

It uplifts us when we are broken and need to be bold.

 

Music can speak to the unknown.

Or speak to us about the unknown.

Through music, we can hear from the forgotten or the lost.

 

Music can tell our story.

How we feel at a point in time.

It is that which tells our emotions whilst we cry or we laugh.

Whether it is day or it is night.

Whether rain or shine.

It let us remember when we were happy or shared a particular glory.

 

Music knows no race.

It is a tool that can bend for evil or for good.

It is that which can change our mood.

See through our pain.

And whatever the genre, we will sing in the clear or in the rain.

 

Music can speak the tongue of consciousness; even in-out of our consciousness.

 

Music takes over when talks and actions fail.

It rolls over when emotion derails.

 

Music has set sail and will never get lost in our oceans of bale.

It will never fall apart even when the whole world does.

 

Music is personal.

But when we sing it along with other elements; whether with hearts or instruments.

And when we sing in unity with other souls, everything else is held captive.

 

Music is what causes a change with respect to time.

Or it will watch time fly without bending to the rules of change.

 

Music is a revolution in evolution.

Music is a story in writing and in telling.

Music is a tale of the past, present and the future.

It is a script of forever.

Music lives in us.

We are music!

 

Music might be a misplaced element.

But it is the key.

It is a flowing tune.

It is a script of forever.

Music is; then; now and ever.

Music lives.

And I believe it is in eternity.

 

 

 

 

Asford Psalms

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Hopeless Hope – Asford Psalm

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Once ago, there lived a man by name Chance and his wife- Hope.

The birth their children; Past, Present and Future.

Long before Present and Future, Past was their one and only.

He got most of what he wanted.

Yet, he grew into what they didn’t suggest.

By his unruly behavior, they begat the Present, his little sister.

Not by his parent’s prayer but the Present got married to what he deserves.

And soon he flew into oblivion to a place where his anger for his parents will travel months before it could reach them.

But their love for him stayed true though they lost touch in all view.

The Present grew half of a day and she saw her mother pregnant again.

Their little family was in a happy display.

 

Hope went into labor and Chance went home to prepare and come to aid her.

Hope couldn’t make it so Future was cut-out for incubation.

The Present and Chance made a back-and-forth; from the hospital to their home, again and again as they hop, hop, hop.

One day, on their way, in the metal horse, his mind was flooded with Hopes thought.

Chance needn’t beg for the same fate.

And amidst all the things constant to change, death wouldn’t obey such laws as made.

The thoughts in his head was a curse of the day as they clashed off the road into a tree in the open plain.

Now, here is the future; dented with the past, no Hope nor Chance but a crippled and dying present.

What has the Future got with none of these around?

Just a word will do.

Do tell when it tinkles in your head.

 

 

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25 Years and Counting: Mahama, Lordina Still Going Strong – SEE IMAGES!

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Here are adorable images of ex-president John Mahama as he celebrates 25 years of marriage to wife Lordina.

Indigene of  Damongo in the Northern region of Ghana, he’s alumnus of the Achimota School, University of Ghana, and the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow. In 2012, he published My First Coup d’État and Other True Stories From the Lost Decades of Africa, under  Bloomsbury.

Mahama is father of  five children: Shafik,Shahid, Sharaf, Jesse and Farida.

See the breathtaking pictures below:

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Blister – Asford Psalms

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The spec of birth is with a man

The way to its life is by a woman.

The purest way to this earth is through her labour and her birth.

 

Everyone knows a woman one way or another.

She could be a mother, a sister, a friend, a wife or a daughter.

 

Would you raise your hand against your mother?

Will you dare?

The least said, the better-

If you do, you’ve dishonored a command.

 

Would you raise your hand against your sister?

If you do, then your sense is as tattered as it is bitter.

 

Would you raise your hand up against a friend?

Then clearly you are at your wit’s end.

You have crossed the thin line between sanity and insanity.

She owes you no allegiance.

But even if so, is your hand right way to go?

 

Would you raise your hand against your wife?

Will you dare with person you promised to share eternity with?

If you dare, care to know that the bride’s price you paid is not a price for her abuse.

Put your hands to a good use, it wasn’t created to cause blisters and bruises.

Make prudent, the words you choose, it is worth less than the price of pride.

 

Would you raise your hand against your daughter?

Why not teach her rather than beat her?

Why bleach her eyes to red and let her tears rather be not of joy?

Why burden her eyes and her heart with fear?

She is not worth you nor you, her.

 

Will you raise your hands against your wife or daughter?

If you dare, remember your mother and your sister.

For if you truly dared to raise so much as a finger against them too, then something went fundamentally wrong you.

 

 

Asford Psalms.

 

 

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Chaos Under Peace – Asford Psalm

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Barking dogs lie.

In wait to bark.

Men own their dogs.

Chance-medley they switch post wouldn’t it be of interest what they will do in the body of the new host?

 

Men are not dogs.

They don’t bark.

 

But dogs are dogs.

Expect as such.

 

Dogs are not men.

Neither men, dogs.

 

Men don’t bark.

Dogs do.

But even without the switch, they both do something your mind has refused and eschewed.

Thinking,

Just maybe a chance be given, they both switch posts.

Wouldn’t it interest you what they both are capable with the will to do?

 

Asford Psalms.

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