By Enalla Mnyenyembe:
African Citadel Publishing Press Company (Citadel) has organized a writing contest worth K1 million with an emphasis on Covid-19 pandemic and mental health.
In an interview with Citadel Communications Director, Gift Muyayi, the competition has been organized to encourage young Malawians to embrace the culture of writing.
“The core reason Citadel has organized this competition is to encourage young people to embrace the culture of writing as well as giving them a platform to showcase their creativity and put the same on the spotlight” he said.
Muyayi said that the contest will also see established writers taking part.
“All entries for the competition will be about Covid 19 and mental health because the successful ones will be published in the African Firelight Health Magazine December edition,” he explained adding that the best ten entries will share K1 million cash prize
Muyayi said categories for the competition range from non-fiction, poetry, feature articles, short play and many others.
In an interview with this reporter, Joseph Loga who is avid writer welcomed the initiative saying it will open doors for the untapped talent.
He said there are many talented writers in Malawi that are hardly exposed because of lack of initiatives and projects to promote both writing and reading culture.
“The coming in of this competition will help in recognizing such talented writers that we have here in Malawi,” he said.
He urged the Ministry of Education to be on the forefront in promoting Malawi literature by including books published by Malawians in education syllabus.
African Citadel Publishing Press (Citadel) is a publishing company whose vision is to groom a well-informed youthful generation on health-related issues among others.