Worldreader Anasoma Writing Contest Call for Submissions

Anasoma Writing Contest

Call for Submissions

“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Are you a poet, comic or a creative writer willing to inspire, promote and share a positive message of empowerment for women and girls in Kenya?

Would you like to join us in shaping the future of women and girls through creation of content for women’s empowerment?

We are looking for content creators who can creatively capture the essence and vibrant spirit of women and girls empowerment.

Our objective is to positively influence gender social norms and change stereotypes in Kenya through development of content for women and girls that is diverse, accessible and empowering.

Our hope is to use stories and storytelling as means to demonstrate the many identities and opportunities available to women and girls that extend beyond what has traditionally been offered to them.

How to participate

Submit a 500 word pitch demonstrating how your content, in the form of a book, comic,  biography or any other format you choose would promote positive and empowering messages for girls and women.


Pitches should be emailed to by the 6th, April 2017 12.00 am EAT.

Content Guidelines

The content should aim to inspire women, girls, men and boys via stories that have an inclusive narrative and promote equality between men and women.

This content should be focused on but not limited to the following:

  • Positively influence gender social norms and change stereotypes;
  • Encourage critical thinking around traditional gender roles;
  • Focus on gender equality and power dynamics between men and women;
  • Portray men and women in different roles from those traditionally assigned in a patriarchal society;
  • Lead to a critical reflection on masculinity and femininity;
  • Show support for gender equality by boys and men.

Selection Process

  1. A team of 7 judges will be engaged to select the top 15 pitches;
  2. The 15 selected candidates  will  participate in a training and writing workshop that will focus on expectations and objectives of the writing contest, gender issues, the book market and publishing field;
  3. The candidates will then be tasked with developing their pitches into manuscripts;
  4. The judges will choose the top 5 manuscripts, from the 15 submitted; and
  5. The 5 winners will work with a team of publishers to develop their manuscripts into books or comic strips.


The 5 winners will:

  • Receive an award of USD 1000 each;
  • Be published digitally on Worldreader Mobile Application; and
  • Be published in print.

What to submit

  • A pitch of a maximum of 500 words including the title (excluding the footnotes, references and bibliography);
  • A cover page with a 50 word biodata, ID or passport number, contact details including email address and telephone number, county of residence; and
  • Copy of ID or Passport

Terms and Conditions

  • Open to all women and men in Kenya;
  • Pitch should be 500 words, apply Times New Roman font 12, double spacing and one inch margins;
  • Entry must be an original piece of writing – it should not have been published elsewhere or submitted to other competitions. Plagiarism will lead to automatic disqualification;
  • Entry must be submitted in Microsoft Word format. No other formats are acceptable;
  • By submitting a pitch the author attests that it is their own original work and grants exclusive digital rights to Worldreader to publish individual stories on Worldreader Mobile;
  • Pitches may be submitted in English or Kiswahili. While authors are free to incorporate other languages into the pitch, the pitch should be understood fully by readers in its English/Kiswahili form;
  • The judges’ decision is final;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted;
  • Only top 15 pitches will be notified within 30 days from deadline.


For any questions and/or clarifications, email us on


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Updated: March 9, 2017 — 9:11 pm