The Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) has opened nominations for Ghanaian authors to submit works as part of the its upcoming literary awards in November 2021.
The Call for Submission of qualified literary works was contained in a statement signed by Ms. Christina Dompreh, Administrative Assistant at the GAW.
GAW’s fifth Literary Awards will be held under the theme, “Honouring Literary Excellence.”
Entries will have to be from the dateline between July 2019 to June 2021 the announcement said.
This prestigious literary awards was first held in August 1987, thirty years after the founding of GAW, under the leadership of Professor Atukwei Okai.
The Awards was created to celebrate, inspire and promote Ghanaian literary talent, as GAW believes that literature plays a critical role in the development of a nation.
“Since its establishment in 1987, the GAW Literary Awards has grown to become the largest literary awards in the country,” said the announcement.
This year, the awards will recognize writers in twelve categories – Novel (Ayi Kwei Armah Prize); Short Story (Ama Ata Aidoo Prize); Poetry (Atukwei Okai Prize); Children’s Story Book (Efua Sutherland Prize); Children’s Poetry (Kwesi Brew Prize); Young Writer (not more than 25 yrs.) (Bill Okyere Marshall Prize) and Creative Non-Fiction (Kofi Awoonor Prize).
The rest are Drama (staged) (Efo Kodzo Mawugbe Prize); Spoken Word (video/audio) (Kofi Anyidoho Prize); Script writing (video/audio) (Kwaw Ansah Prize); Ghanaian Language Special Award (Kate Abban Prize); and Science & Mathematics Textbook Writers Special Award (Jophus Anamuah-Mensah & Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey Prize).
The date for the opening of submissions is Monday, March 1, 2021; while the date for the closing of submissions is Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
“For the Submissions Criteria and Entry Forms, please visit www.gaw.org.gh The works must demonstrate good linguistic presentation, societal values, universal truths, the nation’s identity and cultural aesthetics,” GAW stated.