God Bless the Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize, An Open Letter

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 Thank you for giving new unpublished writers a spot on the world stage, without asking for submission fees, or reading fees or publication credits or all of the above.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,
Nta Bassey.

P/s.
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.

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Day 4: THANK YOU! Plus DLAP Hall Of Fame.

Friends,

If anyone had told me how demanding the business of promoting my work competitively could be, I’d have laughed loud and long. Not anymore.

I now have a healthy dose of respect for all publishers, indie or trad, big or small. Tuale.

Also, I have deep, sincere respect and appreciation for you. Yes, you. Thank you for being a part of this blog and this story. Thank you for helping send word of ‘Dressed Like A Prince’ out. Night or day. Rain or shine. Words can’t express how grateful I am; truly, you are amazing.

Thank you for coming, thank you for reading, thank you for voting and thank you for sharing. I love you all.

Especial thanks goes out to the following persons for the following reasons. (Watch this space, you might be next!)

1. @drmikemurdock Thank you for reading and sharing my story.

2. @zunguzungu Thank you for reading.

3. @naija247medic Thank you for the innumerable RTs, and boundless support.

4. @zebbook Thank you, your help means so much to me.

5. @4eyedmonk Thank you for keeping your word to Tweet #DLAP once everyday. God bless you.

6. @THIRDPART you are amazing.

7. @Oge_writes you are too kind.

8. @schnaptwits you know already. Thank you.

9. @Miss_Mawee Thank you.

10. @iudofa Thank you.

11. @Ykedexter Thank you.

12. @Eloxie Thank you.

13. @jyte12 Thank you

14. @nessai Thank you, you make this easier.

15. @ikeamadi Thank you, you are a true pastor.

16. @Dupekilla Thank you, you words made the difference.

17. @ronkeemployment Thank you for the boost.

18. @mz_sarahokolo Thank you for keeping the fire burning.

19. @uwemspeaks Thank you.

20. @CJBassey Thank you.

To be continued.

Thank you very much. Together we are better. God bless you
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Please Vote For My Story : Dressed Like A Prince and Spread the word to your Friends and Family. http://t.co/VXnXF4F9Vq

Etisalat Flash Day 3: My Manifesto

Hello,

My name is Nta Bassey and I am contesting for the post of the Etisalat
Flash Fiction Writer of the Year.

I need your mandate to win,
I need your votes to succeed,
I need your support to take our stories to the world.

If I am elected and adjudged a winner in the contest, I promise all members of my campaign team

1. Support for their programs and campaigns online and real life.

2. Free autographed copies of my e-book.

3. A mention in my vote of thanks.

4. A lifelong commitment to regular, enjoyable, affordable, [;) #NofreeWriting] accessible. African stories.

5. Direct access to my mailbox.

6. Free articles for your blog.

7. Free advert space on my blog

8. My eternal appreciation and thanks.

If you would like to support my aspiration to serve, reach me

Email: nahijah@live.co.uk

BB Pin: 27685FEE

Twitter: @StNaija

Let’s do this!

For Literature.

For love.

For a chance to share our stories with the world.

For passion.

For the Godspowers in the world.

For Africa, her stories and her people.

For my readers, old, new and yet undiscovered.

Today is done. Tomorrow we press on.

Please Tweet
Facebook share,
Press this,
Reblog this.

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Vote My Etisalat Story : Day 2

Hello,

I am so tired, I can hardly type.

Why?

Work. I have been working all day.

On What?

On spreading the news about my Etisalat Story, Dressed Like A Prince.

Hmm. Is it that hard?

Worse. I have to send messages, reply to enquiries, smile, curtsey and bow.

Wow. All that? For what?

For Literature.

For love.

For a chance to share my stories with the world.

For passion.

For all the Godspowers out there, who don’t get a mention.

For Africa, her stories and her people.

For my readers, old, new and yet undiscovered.

Today is done. Tomorrow we press on.

Please Tweet
Facebook share,
Press this,
Reblog this.

Please Vote For My Story : Dressed Like A Prince and Spread the word to your Friends and Family. http://t.co/VXnXF4F9Vq

7 Things Great Literature Does

Literature, the first discipline known to man after all, what was the Spirit hovering over the water if not back story? And what was “Let there be light.” If not Act one, scene one?

So literature has always been part of being human. It has helped carry our stories from age to age. It has warned us, shaped us, comforted us and entertained us. Literature is us.

Consequently, we always searching for new ways to experience our reality, fantasies and ideas. Billions of dollars and aeons of time is spent making, publishing, reading and receiving literary inventions like books, poems, texts and blogposts.

We don’t want good work, we want great work. The problem is, no one seems to agree on what great work is. Thankfully, it is easier to agree on what great literature does.

Here, I am sharing some of the things great literature does.

1. Great literature makes a good read.

2. Great literature lends itself, is quotable.

3. Great literature lingers after the last word, is memorable.

4. Great literature stays relevant, is evergreen.

5. Great literature touches people.

6. Great literature inspires people to create.

7. Great literature says something important.

8. Great literature leaves readers better than it met them.

9. Great literature is re-read, again and again.

10. Great literature is shared, from one generation to another.

One reviewer of Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go said when you read the book, “you will know what great literature can do”. The jury might still be out on that, but if it does, that will be amazing.

What else does Great Literature do ? In your view?