Vote for Us: Best Blog and Best New Blog

Hello Folks! This is good news. Creative Writing Ghana has been nominated in the upcoming Social Media Awards at BlogCamp 2014 scheduled for April at the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence. Tickets to the events are sold out (free by the way).

We got nominated in two categories: Best Blog and Best New Blog. You know since our inception in March 2013, we have blogged consistently on news in Ghana’s creative writing space. So it is not unusual that we are on the charts. To win this, we will need your support and that of your circles.

And now what you have to do to make us win: Please visit the BlogCamp website here and enter your email to begin the voting process. Under Best Blog, we are third on the list; and under Best New Blog, we are fifth.

In the spirit of creative writing, we are supporting our sister organisation Writers Project of Ghana, which has been nominated for the categories of Best Twitter Profile and Organisation with the Best Social Media Presence. Their Twitter handle is @writersPG. For Best Twitter Profile, second; and for Organisation with the Best Social Media Presence, second.

Let’s go vote!

Here is Why You Should Consider Writing for the Golden Baobab Prize

 This is a Press Release from the Golden Baobab. it keeps getting bigger and better. In our estimate, this is about the best literary prize in the field of  Children’s writing. Let us see Ghanaians submit!

PRESS RELEASE

$20,000 Golden Baobab Prizes Call for Submissions

Accra, March 5th, 2014 – The 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes have been launched and are calling for submissions. This year, Golden Baobab will award 6 prizes worth $20,000. These 6 prizes are:

• The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book
• The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Book
• The $2,500 Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers
• The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators
• The $2,500 Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Illustrators
• The Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature Award

This year marks the 6th anniversary of the 3 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature. These prizes invite entries of unpublished stories for children written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin. In November 2013, Golden Baobab launched the fourth and fifth prizes, The Golden Baobab Prizes for Illustrations, to do for African illustrators what the organization has been doing for African writers for the past 5 years: discovering, nurturing and celebrating their talent, passion and contribution to the African children’s literature space. Entrants will submit illustrations as per Golden Baobab specifications.

The newest addition, The Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature Award,which is the 6th prize, has been set up to recognize African writers/illustrators who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding significance to the development of African children’s literature. At the appropriate time, Golden Baobab will communicate how this prize will be run.

Last year, the three Golden Baobab Prizes for literature received 180 submissions from 13 African countries. This year, the coordinator of the Prizes, Nanama B. Acheampong, is confident that these numbers will improve: “We expect to receive many more submissions for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature this year. We have also had such positive reactions to our newly launched Golden Baobab Prizes for Illustrations and are looking forward to being pleasantly surprised.”

The 2013 winners were Liza Esterhuyse from South Africa who won the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book, Karen Hurt, also from South Africa, who won the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Book and twelve year old Kanengo Rebecca Diallo from Tanzania who won the Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers which awards promising writers below the age of eighteen.

Entry information for the prizes can be found on the organization’s website, http://www.goldenbaobab.org. Entrants should note that the copyright of each entry submitted to the Golden Baobab Prizes remains vested in them. However, by submitting an entry, entrants declare that they are legally entitled to do so and give Golden Baobab permission to make their entryavailable for exclusive worldwide royalty-free usage, reproduction and distribution. The deadline for the 2014 prizes is June 29th. Winners will be announced in November 2014.

For information on how to enter the Golden Baobab Prizes, visit Golden Baobab’s website or contact the coordinator, Nanama B. Acheampong at info@goldenbaobab.org.

 

PRESS RELEASE: WORLD POETRY DAY

The Goethe Institut and G3 Channels in conjunction with The Ghana National Theatre, Talk-Fact3, Writers Project Ghana, IUB and Inkfluent bring to you World Poetry Day. World Poetry Day runs through 18th and 22nd March, 2014.

Outlined below are programmes scheduled for the celebration:

SHS’s in Sogakope, Dodowa & Adenta (18th-20th March): Spoken Word Workshops
Various Points in Accra (20th March @6am): Flash Mob, Street Performances
National Theatre (21st March @3pm): National SHS Slam Championship
Goethe Institut (22nd March): Final Concert

This year it’s even bigger and better! The word art is being taken to a whole new dimension by spicing the shows up with the best performance spoken word artists in the country. Also, trophies and consolation prices will be awarded to the winning poets at the slam.

Call 0205663172/0207388236 or visit wix.ehalakasa.com/ehalakasa

Please download the flyer below onto your smartphones and share.

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