Monday, March 22, 2010

UPDATE: A New Website for Nigerian Writers!

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***It's just been brought to my notice that blogger allows yahoo accounts so those will be accepted too. Also, only one story is required. First send in your email address to receive your invitation. Then you can go ahead and post(SAVE AS DRAFT, DO NOT PUBLISH) your stories directly on the site. The editor reserves the right to publish the ones deemed satisfactory to the vision of the site.

Thanks you all for the response so far.

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This is to announce the latest writing website in blogville NAIJASTORIES.com. If you've read some of my previous interviews, you might have seen me mention that I have a project I was thinking about with reference to the writing talent on the Naija Blogville Community? Well, a pilot project has been put together by myself and a team of some other writers, bloggers and editors and the website is now up and hosted by blogger. To register, send in your blogging Google mail address to info@naijastories.com. This will get you an invitation to post your stories on the site for a wider audience. For the pilot project, we're looking for fifty (50) writers and membership will be retained based on the activities of the writers on the site.




Naija Stories
is the online community for Nigerian writers and readers of all interests and skill levels. Naija Stories is a way for readers to discover new voices and for writers to share their work, gain recognition, and connect with their audience and each other. There is a special workshop section for feedback and critique from other writers. Whether you're an enthusiastic, creative writer looking for the perfect place to store and display your writing online or a casual reader searching for a good story, Naija Stories is your website. As a writer, this is a place to showcase your creativity and for a reader, here you can feast to your heart's content.

It is planned that with time, this site will become a community bursting with activities, inspiration and creativity. To start with, free memberships are available to the first fifty people to submit a request to be followed on acceptance by a publishable story to info@naijawriters.com. Each membership will include a writing portfolio, numerous writing tips, and soon, a forum that will provide the chance to meet and bond with fresh creative minds. No other website services the Naija writer better than we do.

To Launch the website, there is a free writing contest;

Deadline: March 31

Fee: Free

Prizes :
First place winner - $150, plus their entry edited by the Naija Stories Team and it will remain on the Featured Stories List for one month.
Second place winner - $100, plus their entry will be edited by the Naija Stories Team, and it will remain on the Featured Stories List for two weeks.
Third Place winner - $50, plus their entry will be edited by the Naija Stories Team and will remain on the Featured Stories List for one week.

Submission Guidelines: To enter the contest,

Request to join Naija Stories by submitting your google mail address to info@naijastories.com
Publish your work on Naija Stories and tag it with "Website Launch Contest" (without quotes). Your work will automatically be considered.
Email submissions will not be considered.

Details

It is the launch of this new website, Naija Stories; and our sponsors have agreed to underwrite a contest. For this contest, you are required to join the site and submit an original work featuring any theme of your choice and in any genre. Tag it under "Website Launch Contest + Your name " and it will be considered.

Rules

You must be Nigerian though resident anywhere in the world.
Your entry could be a short story, poem, drama, or a novel excerpt and could have been published elsewhere.
The submission should be no more than 2,500 words
Entries must be received by March 31, 2010, and winners will be announced on April 4, 2010.
Naija Stories reserves the right to disqualify any contest entry for any reason and to change the terms of the contest for any reason.
Entries will be judged by the Naija Stories team, taking into consideration the comments and ratings by other readers. Decisions are final.
Only one entry is allowed per member. Multiple entries will all be disqualified.


Happy writing, and good luck!






23 comments:

  1. Myne- One of your commenters appointed me as an honorary Nigerian. Does that count? LOL! Ok, just kidding, sounds like a wonderful project. The best to all the writers who join, and to you for giving writers an avenue to showcase their work. If you love to write, it's a blessing to have it read and enjoyed.

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  2. This is a nice opportunity. It is wonderful to see avenues created for writers this way! I am excited - I hope to send something in :)

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  3. WOW... Looking forward to this... I am scared stiff of writing but you and Sugabelly might just be encouraging me to give it a go...

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  4. Wow!!! This is great....hmmm....I might just join!!! Love the idea Myne!

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  5. Ha! I'm a sucker for this one.
    Anyone that says I shouldn't join would probably have to bribe me heavily not to..lol.

    Nice idea!

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  6. checked the website,thats very innovative,nice one

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  7. myne, there r conflicting messages in this poster o. how r writers registering, pls. is it by just sending in email their google email address (which by the way, i don't have. won't yahoo suffice? daz wot i use for my blogger account), or by sending their email address & a publishable story? The u say stories sent by email will not be considered for the contest. Do i den take it dat one who wants to be a member & also contest will be sending 2 stories (bearing in mind also that 'Only one entry is allowed per member. Multiple entries will all be disqualified')? Please, clarify, so there r no grey areas.

    Meanwhile, this is great wot u r doing. I've already go plenty short stories am going to be posting! So excited to have an venue to publish them after so long a search!

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  8. Kool...would love to send an email but I am very busy now...nice blog tho

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  9. Thanks all,

    @FFF, Thanks for pointing that out. It's just been brought to my notice that blogger allows yahoo accounts so those are accepted too. I will clarify on the story aspect. Just one story is required. First send in your email address to receive your invitation. Then you can go ahead and post(SAVE AS DRAFT) your stories directly on the site. The editor reserves the right to publish the ones deemed satisfactory to the vision of the site.

    Thanks again.

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  10. i looove the site.

    im having trouble registering though.

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  11. sounds exciting, will check it out

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  12. I agree with Cerebrally Busy. I have e-mailed but I can't seem to log in... When I try it redirects me to the log in page to re-enter my email address... Slightly confused... :(

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  13. Hi CB and F&M,

    To register, send an email to info@naijastories.com. You will then receive an invitation which you can use to access the site. Hope that helps.

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  14. this is a great idea and opportunity for budding and closet writers..me, i dont think i qualify so i'l just resign myself to reading all your stories ..cos one thing is obvious, blogsville overflowing with them

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  15. myne, i sent out the email o, still no response! am i to just go & try to log in? I don't think it works dat way though

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  16. Hi FFF, I have just replied some email, maybe yours was one of them? Let me know if you're still having problems. Thanks.

    @Rita, I see you.

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  17. Congratulations on the site, Myne! I checked it out.

    I hope to make some time soon and write something to submit.

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  18. thanks for sharing this vital info

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  19. Love the idea. Count me in if there's still a space.

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  20. Thank you all. I will be looking forward to your contributions.

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  21. Ive been there. It looks great.

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  22. If I may say so myself, I'm totally IN LOVE with the last story, "BORN TO DIE." I loved the way the writer told the story, and I hope he/she wins (or at least gets to the top list)

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