UNIVERSITY OF THE GAMBA: OFFICE OF THE UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR
Monday, November 10, 2008
THE CHANCELLOR LITERARY AWARD CALL FOR LITERARY WORKS
The University of The Gambia is organising a literary competition for all writers under the canopy of the Chancellor's Literary Award Competition. Get set, ready, go..
Fervent is the conviction that The Chancellor Literary Award scheme will not fail to whip up enthusiasm in both potential Gambian and non-Gambian writers to pen away and produce works in all spheres of literature.
This conviction does not stem from the pecuniary gains the awardees will receive, but rather from the fact that hardly is there any form of honour to be bestowed on a writer than make him or her attain planetary recognition.
We are not oblivious of the plethora of constraints that writers are beset with in The Gambia, but at the same time, we should not let these challenges plunge us into helpless passivity. If I do not write, if you do not write, if we do not write, if they do not write, how can our beautiful culture and history, our cohesive and wholesome socio-political heritage be revealed to the world and be preserved for posterity?
All we are asking you to do is to wake up, if you are still sleeping, sit down, if you are still idling around, and take your pen and start writing. Your novel, your play, your collection of short stories and poems mean a lot to us more than anything else.
Please submit your manuscript or book (7 copies - For a work to be considered, it should have been published three years or more before the award date) to the University Registrar, UTG on or before MARCH 31ST 2009.