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20 Writers Enter Next Stage of GTBank Dusty Manuscript Contest

Dipo Olowookere

Twenty budding Nigerian writers have made it the next stage of the creative writing competition organised by renowned financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank).

The 20 lucky writers were chosen from over 1000 stories sent in by applicants since the GTBank Dusty Manuscript Contest opened.

The judges, which include renowned authors like Eghosa Imasuen, Yejide Kilanko and Toni Kan, as well as an Assistant Professor of English Language Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines, carefully selected the top 20 entries based on originality, language, grammar, narrative strength, coherence and dramatic intensity.

Throughout the selection process, the judges were not made aware of the identities of contestants, and the authors of the 20 shortlisted entries will remain anonymous until the winner of the contest emerges.

The authors of the shortlisted manuscripts will now proceed to a 2-day Writers Boot Camp where they will interact with and learn from accomplished authors on the art and business of writing.

Organized in partnership with publishing houses Okadabooks and Farafina, the Dusty Manuscript Contest is part of GTBank’s YouREAD initiative aimed at promoting the culture of reading and inspiring the next generation of award-winning and globally renowned authors.

Below are the selected entries:
Devil‘s Pawn by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
Home to the hill by Eunice Ekelaka
Sambisa by Mohammed, Fatima Aliko
The Smell of rain by Nneoma Otuegbe
Omon by Henri Yeri
The Orchid Protocol Onochie Emeka Onyekwena
Love Unexpected by Pailyin John
Children of the Night by Chimaobi Olayinka Ahuekwe
Giants by Adeyinka Isioye
The Fugitive by Chidubem Akala
Kamalu’s Symphony by Hayzard Solum
The Kidnapping by Oputuboye T.J. Krukrubo
Hues of the Sun by Ally Oyedokun, Maryam Wuraola
In the Half-Dark by Ayosojumi Adeniyi Akinsanya
Book of Lost Words by Ikechukwu Nwaogu
Secrets beyond the Red Gate by Sylvia Ozomena
Lyrics by Adejoke Olamuyiwa
The Other Side of Truth by Nnema Anieto
Identity by Victor Oladutemu
The Way We Do It Here Now by Onyeka Ibe

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Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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