The Ghanaian Languages Short Story Prize is a literary prize that seeks to discover and
celebrate literature written in indigenous Ghanaian languages. It is an initiative of Write
Ghana Literary Initiatives, a literary non-profit dedicated to exploring and documenting
language and literature in Ghana. There is a noticeable wide gap in the support and
promotion of literature in Ghanaian languages. For instance, in East Africa, there are a host
of writing prizes such as the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature which
promote creative writing in Swahili. In Ghana, such prizes as well as environments for the
creation of local language literatures are scarce. Hence, it is deeply regretful that it is easier to
access literature such as novels, poetry and short stories in Swahili than in Ga or Twi or Ewe
RULES FOR SUBMISSION
• The prize is divided along language categories and stories are judged within these
• This year’s prize focuses on the following languages – Ewe, Ga, Dangbe, Twi, Fante
• Each writer can only submit one story per language category. However, we allow for
multiple submissions in the different language categories.
• Judging will allow take place if at least 2 stories are submitted per language category.
• We only accept unpublished manuscripts of short stories.
• There is no entry fee to the prize.
• We only accept manuscripts via email.
Manuscripts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following as the subject –
Submission (language of choice).
March 15, 2019 – June 15, 2019 – Call for Submissions
June 15, 2019 – August 31, 2019 – Judging period
September 2019 – Awards ceremony
THE ENTRY MANUSCRIPT.
• Stories should be between 2500 and 3500 words.
• We only accept manuscripts in following languages – Ewe, Ga, Dangbe, Twi, Fante
• The manuscript should be in Microsoft Word, typed in Times New Roman, size 12
font and double-spaced. It should be sent as an attachment and not in the body of the
• The manuscript should include a title page, word length of the story, language chosen
and personal details such as name and address.
The best story under each language category will be awarded with 300 USD each.
Winning stories will be published as an anthology in two formats. The publication will
include translations in English to make it accessible to a wide range of people.
• As an electronic book available for download.
• As a paperback for sale at various outlets.
The Bureau of Ghana Languages, as part of its operation to stop piracy of their books on the market, has dragged Catholic Bookshop and two others to court for pirating three of their Akan books—“Se Ebewie”, “Me Wobika” and “Afrakuma”. The two, John Abraham, 36, and Eric Amankwah, both traders first appeared in court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to the charges of distributing someone’s work by way of sale without authority contrary to the Section 42 (1) (c) of the copy Right Act 2006 (Act 600) and abetment of crime under the copy Right Act.
The operation commenced on 6 November, 2018, when Mr. Lawer, a volunteer for Bureau of Ghana Languages), went to Catholic Bookshop where Eric Amankwah worked and purchased two of the above-mentioned books each and receipt issued.
Some days later, Lawer went back to the bookshop and purchased 20 copies each of the the same books and again Amankwah issued a receipt to that effect. Lawer and Mr. Prince Yawson (Bureau of Ghana Languages Board member & ambassador) as part of the anti-piracy campaign then reported the case to the Police.
Yawson then went further to disclose that the books were supplied to him (Amankwah) by Abraham Enterprise at K.O in Kumasi which belongs to Abraham and led the Police to cause the arrest of Amankwah. Later, further search was conducted in his (Abraham’s) shop and jt was revealed that four copies of “Me Wobika”, 171 copies of “Afrakuma” and 191 “Se Ebewie” were available.
During Police investigation, they all admitted to the offence in their caution statements. Abraham told the that a guy called Kobee supplied him with the books but could not lead the Police tp arrest him. After investigations, they were charged with the offence and arraigned for prosecution. There have been two court sittings and the third is set to be on 10th January, 2019.