GT­Bank Launches Dusty Man­u­script Con­test


Fore­most African fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion, Guar­anty Trust Bank Plc, has launched the Dusty Man­u­script Con­test (­ dusty­manuscript) to give bud­ding writ­ers the op­por­tu­nity to win pub­lish­ing deals for their fin­ished, but yet-to-be pub­lished, manuscripts. Or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with pub­lish­ing houses Okad­abooks and Fara­fina, the con­test is part of the Bank’s YouREAD ini­tia­tive which is aimed at pro­mot­ing the cul­ture of read­ing.

The Dusty Man­u­script Con­test is the lat­est in a long line of GT­Bank ini­tia­tives geared to­wards pro­mot­ing the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of art and sup­port­ing cre­ative po­ten­tial. In 2017 the Bank re­mod­elled the old Her­bert Ma­caulay Li­brary, Yaba into a state-of-theart learn­ing and recre­ational fa­cil­ity that would give peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and beyond the op­por­tu­nity to build ca­pac­ity, gain ex­po­sure and con­nect with the world. The re­mod­elled li­brary has been the venue of reg­u­lar book read­ings and art ex­po­si­tions or­gan­ised un­der the YouREAD ini­tia­tive.

With the Dusty Man­u­script Con­test, the Bank is seek­ing to ad­dress the chal­lenges indige­nous writ­ers face get­ting their books pub­lished. The top three en­tries in the con­test will be re­warded with pub­lish­ing con­tracts with Fara­fina as well cash re­wards. The top 10 en­tries will get their books e-pub­lished by Okad­abooks, in­clud­ing book cover de­sign, book edit­ing, and pub­lic­ity. The top 25 book au­thors will also get a two-day boot camp train­ing on writ­ing, mar­ket­ing and brand­ing. To sub­mit a man­u­script, in­ter­ested writ­ers are to visit­bank. com/dusty­manuscript.

The en­tries in the Dusty Man­u­script Con­test will be as­sessed by a panel of four judges which in­cludes Eghosa Ima­suen, the au­thor of widely ac­claimed novel, Fine Boys, and Ye­jide Ki­lanko, a poet and ther­a­pist in chil­dren’s men­tal health, Dr. Ainehi Edoro-Glines, an As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor of English Lan­guage and Toni Kan, a writer and PR ex­ec­u­tive whose col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, Nights of a Creak­ing Bed, won the NDDC/Ken Saro Wiwa prize for lit­er­a­ture.

Com­ment­ing on the Dusty Man­u­script Con­test, Mr. Se­gun Ag­baje, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Guar­anty Trust Bank Plc, said; “At GT­Bank we see art as not just a medium for cre­ative ex­pres­sion but also as a means of liveli­hood, and by or­gan­is­ing the Dusty Man­u­script Con­test we are help­ing bud­ding writ­ers make a liv­ing off their works. He fur­ther added that; “By ad­dress­ing the ma­jor bar­rier that our indige­nous writ­ers face in shar­ing their sto­ries with the world, we hope to in­spire and de­velop the next gen­er­a­tion of award-win­ning and glob­ally renowned au­thors.”

L-R: Eghosa Ima­suen, Man­u­script Re­viewer/Judge; Ena­jite Efe­muaye, Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor, Fara­fina; Oy­i­nade Ade­gite, As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager and Head, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, GT­Bank; Toni Kan, Man­u­script Re­viewer/Judge and Okechukwu Ofili, Chief...

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