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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Young writers call for entries on COVID-19 Poetry, Essay anthology - ITREALMS

The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) through her newly launched 'Writers Against COVID-19' movement invites writers to submit poems and essays on COVID-19 for her upcoming COVID-19 Poetry/Essay Anthology, reports ITREALMS.

The proposed anthology, 
ITREALMS gathered, is in reaction to the novel COVID-19 pandemic currently 'harassing' the world; and it offers writers copious page to register their views on the pandemic, as well as contribute their pencraft towards winning the war against the virus.

The Project Coordinator, Izunna Okafor, said, "the maiden anthology will feature 'responsive' and 'bang-up' works on COVID-19 by ardent writers from different parts of the world, and will hauntingly stand as global writers' common 'voice' and 'punch' in the fight against coronavirus."

The anthology which is expected to be available by the fall of May exclusively focuses on 'CORONAVIRUS'. Thus, only works written on the theme will be accepted for publication therein.

Before submitting your entry, he advised potential candidates to note that submission is free and open to writers from any part of the world; Entry must focus on the theme —Coronavirus;  'Coronavirus' is NOT the title of the anthology, neither must it be the title of your entry. It is only but a theme, and must be adhered to while writing.

In addition, he said, entrants could give their work any interesting title of their choice; There is NO monetary prize attached. The cause being championed by the movement and the anthology is a worthy one, and thus requires ardency, volunteerism and sacrifice; and "Only works that 'comply' to the submission guidelines will be selected and published."


Further, he said that submission guidelines includes tht only one entry per entrant, be it poem or essay, while such entry must be in English Language, stressing that it should be brief and concise — a maximum of 500 words for essays, and a 30 lines for poetry.

Izunna emphasised that author’s information comprising location, contact details, and a short bio of not over 40 words should be included in the submission.

Even as entry must be type-written and sent in the body of the mail; not an attachment, insisting that entries sent as attachment will be automatically disqualified.

Entry, he pointed out, must be original work of the entrant, even as all entries should be sent on or before 23rd May, 2020, maintaining that late entry will not be accepted.

He enjoined writers to send entries via writersagainstcovid1­9movement@gmail.com, with email subject: 'COVID-19 ANTHOLOGY'.

Uj. N. Dominic/Editor

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