Qazini Quiz

So You Think You Can Write?

THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Qazini is on a mission to drive systemic change in our societies through content that transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities.

We are excited to announce the birth of what will be an annual writers’ competition, So You Think You Can Write?

Featuring different themes/topics every year, the competition will challenge writers to ferry us into their imagination, where we hope to be exposed to the endless possibilities within our collective reach, as human beings. 

This year's competition aims to achieve two main goals:

1. Showcase the potential of Kenya.

We appreciate the fact that while we have come  a long way, our beloved motherland continues to face numerous complex challenges.

Some things have been done well, some not so well. Above all, one thing we do not lack is ideas that need to be powered through expression, examination, and execution. 

We want to inspire Kenyans to stop living in the utopia of these ideas, and, instead, bring forth the potential wrapped in them.

Through the 2021 competition, writers will have the opportunity to tell their ideas for Kenya, to kick every rock in an effort to uncover the potential we have.

2. Give writers the opportunity to tell their stories, while improving their craft.

Our prizes have been carefully considered to ensure they reward with not only monetary value for writers but also offer opportunities they can use to further hone their skills. 

Stories are powerful.
Stories are beautiful.
Stories are who we are.
All of us.

Land your index finger, randomly, on a globe such that your finger-pad touches a country. Chances are that there is a reader there waiting to read works birthed from our debut call-out for stories. So let’s introduce you to the theme/topic of this year’s competition…

2021 writing challenge

If you were chosen to lead Kenya today, what would you do?

Tell us what you would do if you were given the mandate to lead this country into a new era. Would you change the tax laws? Focus on social justice? Overhaul leadership models?

What would you do if you had the power and the mandate to effect change in Kenya?

To help you gain some inspiration, you might want to visit our Africa Rising page.

 
So you think you can write?

Guidelines for writers:

  1. Competition entries should be written in English.
  2.  Start with the problem(s) and work your way towards your proposed solution(s). Your essay can focus on the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, technological…feel free to explore any topic that speaks to the subject matter.
  3. It is highly recommended that you choose one problem area that you would want to solve. This will ensure that your piece is detailed, focused and clear.
  4. Your essay should serve to inform, educate, challenge, empower or inspire readers.
  5. Plagiarism is not only disallowed but also detested and will immediately rule out your work once it’s been detected.

Guidelines for entries:

  1. Use Times New Roman (font) size 12.
  2. Your essay should be between 800 to 1000 words.
  3. Your essay should be submitted to [email protected] by 3rd September, 2021.
  4. Include a brief bio in the body of the email, and then attach the essay as a word document.

Who is eligible to enter?

Anyone, anywhere in the world, who identifies as Kenyan.

Judging criteria:

Our judges will thoroughly consider every piece and then select the top 10 based on how informative and engaging, and imaginative it is. This is a writers’ competition so it goes without saying that proper spelling, grammar and delivery will also be considered at this stage.

We will shortlist and publish the top ten articles on Qazini.com, and share them on our social media pages. Here, the public will be invited to vote for their favourite pieces (in form of likes).

In selecting the final 3 winners, we will consider the number of likes for each essay as well as the votes from our eminent panel of judges.

The top 10 shortlisted essays will be announced by 5th October, 2021.

The top 3 winners will be announced by 10th November, 2021.

prizes

Other than the prize money, each prize comes with terms and conditions, a period within which it should be claimed or redeemed. Winners will be advised to check the vouchers for these terms and conditions.

1st Position

Kshs 10,000
  • Kshs 10,000 prize money
  • Free writing masterclass with Jackson Biko (Bikozulu) valued @ Kshs 15,000
  • Giftpesa shopping gift voucher valued @ Kshs 5,000
  • 2 Books- Different Paths One Journey and 3 Bolts From the Blue valued @ Kshs 2,000
  • Meal Voucher for 2 at The Chat Room valued @ Kshs 5,000

  • Should you ever want to publish a book in future, Writers Guild Kenya will extend, to you, a 15% discount on their offer

2nd Position

Kshs 5,000
  • Kshs 5,000 prize money
  • Free participation in The Writers Ignite class programme by Writers Guild Kenya valued @ Kshs 5,000
  • Giftpesa shopping gift voucher valued @ Kshs 5,000
  • 2 Free Books- Different Paths One Journey and 3 Bolts From the Blue valued @ Kshs 2,000
  • Should you ever want to publish a book in future, Writers Guild Kenya will extend, to you, a 15% discount on their offer

3rd Position

Kshs 3,000
  • Kshs 3,000 prize money
  • 1 year affiliate membership at Writers Guild Kenya valued @ Kshs 3000
  • Giftpesa shopping gift voucher valued @ Kshs 5,000
  • 2 Free Books- Different Paths One Journey and 3 Bolts From the Blue valued @ Kshs 2,000
  • Should you ever want to publish a book in future, Writers Guild Kenya will extend, to you, a 15% discount

Top 10 writers

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  • Giftpesa shopping gift voucher valued @ Kshs 5,000
  • 2 Free Books- Different Paths One Journey and 3 Bolts From the Blue valued @ Kshs 2,000
  • Should you ever want to publish a book in future, Writers Guild Kenya will extend, to you, a 15% discount on their offer

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