BBC Hausa Women’s Writing Contest 2020 Opens June 1st


This year’s BBC News Hausa Service short story writing competition opens on June 1st.  The short story writing competition was introduced in 2016 by BBC News Hausa as a way of encouraging women to tell and share their stories.

The contest welcomes works of fiction from women writing Hausa and entries should be between 1000-1500 words.   Details of guidelines for the competition will be made available on the BBC Hausa website- when the competition opens.

A winner will be selected by an independent panel of judges who will also select two runners up and other works worthy of commendation.

 BBC News Hausa editor, Aliyu Tanko says:  

“This is yet another fantastic opportunity to bring out a talented Hausa writer to share her mastery with the rest of the world. Women have always been the custodians of storytelling in the Hausa society and this competition has created an innovative way of getting them to continue with the tradition. Our female audience and women engagement have grown massively since the inception of the competition five years ago.”

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye , Head of BBC West Africa Languages says:  

“BBC Hausa is consistently engaging with its female audiences through this competition and we are delighted to see more women participate yearly. Female audiences are at the core of what the BBC offers and we will continue to support this essay writing competition to make it bigger and better yearly. Hausa audiences have remained loyal to the BBC and we are determined to continue to serve this market in the best way we can. ” 

Last year’s completion was won by Safiyya Ahmad, a  23 year-old born in Zaria, a city in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna. “Maraici” is the story of Karima, a girl who, abandoned as an infant, grows up in an orphanage and is adopted by Hajiya Babba, a benefactor that puts her through primary and secondary education and then marries her off – but the marriage ends in dissolution and she is rejected by her benefactor.

The first edition was won by Sansanin ’Yan Gudun Hijira, a story narrating the plight of the victims of the Boko Haram crisis.

Entries should  be submitted to which will close on August 24th.

BBC Hausa audience will be able to hear a selection of the stories on air in the coming months. The winner and two runners up will each receive a cash prize and plaque at a special awards night in November.

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