BBC News Hausa Service has announced that it would start welcoming entries for this year’s edition of its annual short writing competition as from June 1.


In a statement to TheCable Lifestyle on Thursday, the news outlet said details of guidelines for the competition will be made available on its website when the competition opens.

It said the entries for the contest would close on August 24, adding that the winner and two runners up would each receive a cash prize and plaque at a special awards night in November.

According to the statement, the contest, introduced in 2016, welcomes works of fiction from women writing Hausa while entries should be between 1000-1500 words.


The 2019 edition of the competition was won by Safiyya Ahmad, a 23-year-old from Zaria, Kaduna state for her story ‘Maraici’, which chronicled the ordeals of a girl neglected at early childhood.

Aliyu Tanko, BBC News Hausa editor, said this year’s edition of the contest would further provide women the opportunity of sharing their stories with the world.

“This is yet another fantastic opportunity to bring out a talented Hausa writer to share her mastery with the rest of the world,” he said.


Similarly, Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, head of BBC West Africa Languages, expressed delight that the competition has continued to witness increase in the number of women participants annually.

“BBC Hausa is consistently engaging with its female audiences through this competition and we are delighted to see more women participate yearly,” Ogunseye said.

Participants are expected to send their entries here.


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