In the ancient West Africa, the term “Griot” was used to refer to a story teller, poet, musician or historian. Griots possess verse knowledge of and are repository of oral tradition. They pass on stories, songs and history from generation to generation mostly through the word of mouth. In Nigeria, griots are found in almost every tribe notably among the Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Ibibio, Igbo, Idoma, etc. We are looking for the new generation of young Nigerian Griots with creative, poetic and short story telling ability.
The Griot is an annual literary contest organised by YoungNigerian.com. It is aimed at discovering young Nigerians all over the world with creative and literary talents. The Griot, which rotates between poetry and short story yearly, rewards the winner and runners-up with cash prizes, publishing contract, etc. Also, there will be consolation prizes for all entrants. The maiden edition opens 20 June 2020 with a Short Story Contest.
GRAND PRIZE: $500 cash prize, publishing contract with a partner company, and a three-month book publicity.
FIRST RUNNERS-UP: $150 cash prize, media mention, opportunity to be brand ambassador and to feature in an anthology.
SECOND RUNNERS-UP: $100 cash prize, media mention, opportunity to be brand ambassador and to feature in an anthology.
OTHER PRIZES: There will be consolation prizes for all entrants to include free ticket and special invites to Young Nigerian Writer’s Summit, customised items, books etc. All entrants (including winner and runners-up) will be issued Certificate of Participation. 20 entries will be selected for an anthology. All entrants are entitled to a free softcopy of the anthology (hardcopy is available at subsidized rate).
Although deadline for submission is 31 October 2020, we advise entrants not to wait until the deadline to submit to avoid traffic overload.