Kwani short story competition

Kwani trust is pleased to announce the launch of a national short story competition titled, The Kenya I Live In inspired by the recent push for The Kenya We Want. So seek newer stories that reflect our day to day lives both private and public: the stories and narratives exchanged in schools, colleges, matatus, offices, churches, pubs, streets, suburbs, estates, mtaas, trading centres, villages and hills. We want stories now being told by a new generation, spurred by new imaginations, revealed by new narratives and expectations.


The three best stories will bag the following prizes:

Winner: KShs.100,000

1st Runner up: KShs.75,000

2nd Runner up: KShs. 50,000

The winning entries will also be published in the star news paper.

 Submission guidelines

  • Word count: 3000-8000 words
  • Theme: the Kenya we live in
  • We will only accept entries from writers born after 1978
  • The work can be English Swahili or sheng
  • The story must be unpublished in book form but we can accept submissions which have been previously published in magazines
  • Send submissions by email, attached as a word document or as a type script by post to the KWANI Trust (no hand written scripts)
  • Closing date: October 26th, 2009

Please provide your contact address, telephone numbers and email, and put page numbers and name of author on every page.

KWANI Trust,

P.O Box 2895 00100, Nairobi

Email:[email protected] 

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