Short Story Contest



THE UNTOLD STORIES SHORT STORY CONTEST

CONTEST RULES

Please read these eligibility and entry rules before beginning the online entry process. Submissions start from the opening date, 20th day of each month, and are open for one week. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules.
Opening date: 20th of each month.
Closing date: Entries must be submitted via the comment section of the Circle of Sages Facebook Group (under each month’s flyer) by the 27th of each month (11.59 p.m. W. A. T).
No entries will be considered if submitted after this date.
No entry fee. But please only submit one story...your best one!


ABOUT THE PRIZE

The Untold Stories Short Story Prize is a monthly prize for unpublished short story organized and managed by ZenPens and Circle of Sages. It is an initiative that aims to address the many troubling issues and topics plaguing our society; it is born out of the desire to use writing to effect changes in Nigeria, and the world in general.
Each month will have a specific theme or topic, which the entrants will write a story on. The stories can be fiction or non-fiction, but poems, articles, song lyrics, and other write-ups are not allowed.

ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY RULES

a. Entrants must be citizens of Nigeria, including those in Diaspora. Entries from writers who are non-Nigerians are not eligible.
b. Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the each monthly prize.
c. The story must be the entrant’s own work.
d. The story must be original work and should not have been published anywhere before submission. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online.
e. Entries should be submitted in English.
f. Simultaneous submissions are not eligible.
g. Entries must be 500 words maximum (not including title).
h. By submitting, all entrants thereby grant ZenPens the right to publish their entry on www.thezenpens.com in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition.
i. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.
j. The organizers reserve the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.
k. The winners of the competition, and ten shortlisted winners will be notified in the first week of the next month, and the winning entries published on www.thezenpens.com
l. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
m. Employees of ZenPens and Circle of Sages, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.
n. The ten finalists will be announced no later than the first week of the next month.
o. The top three winners of each month should not contest for the next month, instead, they should skip a month before contesting again.

PRIZES

• The first prize is N3,000. This is also accompanied by a printable e-certificate and a one-month publishing space on the ZenPens website.
• The second prize is N2,000. This is also accompanied by a printable e-certificate and a one-month publishing space on the ZenPens website.
• The third prize is N1,000. This is also accompanied by a printable e-certificate and a one-month publishing space on the ZenPens website.
• The next ten shortlisted persons will receive a printable e-certificate and a one-month publishing space on the ZenPens website.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE

We want to see thought-provoking stories, give us stories that came from your heart, and touch the various monthly themes. We are looking forward to see stories that will change lives and our Nigerian society.

THE JUDGING PROCESS

There are two aspects of the judging process: the online voting takes up 50%, while the decision of the judges takes up the remaining 50%. The judges will decide based on how the story relates to the topic, literary prowess of the writer, and grammatical accuracy.
For the online voting, once a writer posts a story, he/she is at liberty to invite friends to like and comment on the story. Spamming is highly prohibited and can lead to disqualification; readers are to comment exactly how they feel.

UNTOLD STORIES… SAYING THE UNSAID.



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