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Second Lady launches ‘Samira Bawumia Literature Prize’ to support young Ghanaian writers

Wife of Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Second Lady Hajia Samira Bawumia has launched a historic literature prize for best short fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose by young Ghanaians living in Ghana to encourage reading and writing among the youth.

Dubbed ‘The Samira Bawumia Literature Prize’, the SBLP is an annual literary prize that champions the cause of developing and supporting homebred writing talent, through publishing opportunities, cash prizes, as well as leveraging publicity opportunity for these young talents across Ghana’s print, radio and digital channels.

The Second Lady who has on several platforms extolled the values of education and the difference it made to her life says she is a strong believer in “the expression of self through writing, hence the idea The Samira Bawumia Literature Prize. According to her, the SBLP will serve as a launchpad for aspiring Ghanaian writers to share their art with the world” reflecting on “Everyday Ghanaian Life” as a theme.

According to the Prize team, any young Ghanaian writer who wishes for his or her original work to be selected must “capture our attention and transport us into the world that you are creator of. You are not restricted to any genre but must be within the limits of 3,000 words”.

The following are the criteria for selection and submitting entries

Short Fiction. Do make sure that you weave into your piece, the theme of Everyday Ghanaian Life

Three poems, each up to one page. Do make sure that you weave into your piece, the theme of Everyday Ghanaian LifePoetry.

Here’s your chance to share what’s real to you.


The overall theme is: Everyday Ghanaian Life


The Samira Bawumia Literature Prize is open to Ghanaians living in Ghana, aged between 15 and 25 at the time of the closing date.

Entries must be original and entirely your own work. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog, broadcast, have won or been placed (2nd, 3rd, runner up, etc) in any other competition.

Submissions should be written in English.

Writers are allowed to submit only one entry for this contest.

Entries submitted posthumously are not eligible.

Winning Prizes:

5000 GHS and a Laptop. A feature in the winners’ anthology.

Highly Commended Entries: 2000 GHS and a feature in the winners’ anthology

Source: Zoure/2020

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