Dear Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize,
Compliments of day five. It is hard to believe it’s been just five days, it feels like you’ve been with us for years. I hope you will be with us for years.
I felt the need to write to you after reading some if the sentiments expressed about you on Twitter and Facebook. I read in horror as people who have never put up a kobo to sponsor writing boldly dished out condemnation for your noble concept. I watched in pain as the mouths you tried to feed bit you, licking the blood they drew.
Then I couldn’t stand it anymore, so I decided to speak.
God bless you, Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize.
1. Thank you for promoting African writing and getting millions of people that normally don’t give a hoot about literature to read new African writing and care.
2. Thank you for giving new unpublished writers a spot on the world stage, without asking for submission fees, or reading fees or publication credits or all of the above.
3. Thank you for declaring your intentions as early as June, giving everyone enough time to complain and contribute.
4. Thank you for thinking of writers. Nowadays most programs are designed to stimulate feelings and arouse the body. Thank you for doing something that stimulates the mind.
5. Thank you for making my story ‘Dressed Like A Prince’ . http://t.co/VXnXF4F9Vq available to a wider audience.
6. Thank you for sparking literary discourse along the length and breath of the continent.
7. Thank you for all the surprise perks that have come along with the contest: more Twitter followers, a Celebrity reading my story, vital life lessons learned.
8. Thank you for taking a chance to do something new. God bless you.
From my heart,
1. Please did you see my tricle phones mail? Yes? Thanks in advance!
2. Is there a way we can see the votes? Please?
3. How many votes is it meant to be per device per day?
4. You are doing something fantastic for writers and I am honoured to be a part of it. Thank you for sponsoring and supporting literature. Thank you for investing in the future.
God Bless the Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize.