After a successful debut publication of her anti-human trafficking anthology tilted “I Am Not To Be Sold”, the Media Initiative Against Human trafficking and Women Rights Abuse (MIAHWRA) now declares entries for 2017 publication open.
Ms. Tobore Ovuorie, Founder of MIAHWRA who opened the call for entries, said “Unlike last year where anti-human trafficking poems were written by secondary school students, this year’s edition genre will be on short stories.”
After her 2015 campaigns at secondary schools in Lagos State in which students won gifts and scholarships for their brilliant performance, the NGO, in conjunction with Parresia Publishers Ltd, published some of the best poems written by students (all aged 8 to 14). MIAHWRA’s workshops combine literature, classroom experience and audio-visuals to educate children about human trafficking.
“In the I Am Not To Be Sold project,” Ms. Ovuorie said, “we are helping children find their voice and take their stand against human trafficking. The earlier they know about the A-Z of this evil trade dressed in different forms, the better for us all.
“To get published in next year’s edition, any child who is in secondary school should simply write a short story with the theme: I Am Not To Be Sold. The entries should be within 1000 and 1500 words”.
She however noted other criteria which must be met. These include:
- Entries are open to ONLY secondary school students in Nigeria
All entrants are to state the names of their schools and their classes.
Write one short story of maximum 1,500 words (for SSS students) and 1,000 words (for JSS students) with the theme: I AM NOT TO BE SOLD.
*Must be their original work.
She however stated that besides becoming published authors, there are other side attractions for participating in the anti-human trafficking advocacy literary competition.
According to Ms. Ovuorie, the Junior and Senior overall Winner respectively wins cash prizes, beautiful certificate, plaque, gets his/her story published in the collection and becomes MIAHWRA Human trafficking ambassador and leads the book reading/tour sessions in 2017.
She further noted that there will be consolatory prizes. “The 20 best entries will also make our short stories collection. And lots more awaits them” she said.
Consequently, the anti-human trafficking campaigner said all original written stories should be sent to:
All stories MUST be placed in the body of the email. NO ATTACHMENTS please. Before pasting your story, kindly state these first in the body of the email: Your Full name, Age, Sex, Class, Name of your School, Address, Name of your School Principal and contact details, Your Parents/Guardians’ name and Contact Details.
ENTRIES OPEN: September 30th, 2016. CLOSES: November 30th, 2016.