BBC News Hausa Service says entries for this year’s edition of its short story writing contest for women would close on August 22.


The media organisation broke the news in a statement sent to TheCable Lifestyle on Monday.

According to the statement, a winner will be selected by an independent panel of judges who will also select two runners-up and other works worthy of commendation in November.

It added that the winner and the two runners-up will each receive a cash prize and plaque at a special awards night.


It said the contest welcomes works of fiction from women writing Hausa and entries should be between 1000-1500 words.

The statement added that the initiative was introduced in 2016 by BBC News Hausa as a way of encouraging women to share their stories.

Aliyu Tanko, BBC News Hausa editor, said the contest “has given so many women a voice, a stage and above all one of the most outstanding platforms to share their talent.”


Tanko disclosed that 400 entries were received across the world for the competition last year.

On her part, Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, the head of BBC West Africa languages, said the contest has changed the lives of many Hausa female writers since its inception.

“It is a real pleasure to see how the writers lives have changed since entering the competition and is testament to why it is so important to highlight female writers,” she said.

Last year’s edition was won by Maryam Umar, a law student from Sokoto.


Rai da Cuta’ (Life & sickness), her work, tells the story of Azima whose husband returns from a trip after which he started to exhibit all the symptoms of COVID-19.

Entries for the contest are to be submitted here.

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