We want to hear YOUR unique story! Send in your personal essay for YNaija’s ‘Nigerian Voices’ and win N50,000

Starting this August, YNaija.com, the internet newspaper for young Nigerians wants to receive and share its readers’ unique experiences – and is launching a brand new vertical called ‘Nigerian Voices’.

‘Nigerian Voices’ will give young Nigerians (18 – 36) who can write really well an opportunity to tell their true stories in a down to earth, unencumbered manner – in their own words – as YNaija doubles down on its proposition as the official media partner for the everyday Nigerian.

We want to hear personal stories of victories, of battles, of successes and accomplishments, of turmoil and confusion, of fear and dissonance, light and clarity, beauty and inspiration – stories that are authentically Nigerian and help us share our common humanity, in a way that validates and affirms our experiences, and who we are.

Participants will be required to send in their 400 – 1,500‎ word article entries [with any accompanying photo(s), short audio and video file(s) if necessary] between 8 August – 30 September 2016 to qualify for the competition [Entries should be submitted to the email address – [email protected]].

All stories will be judged by a selection from the YNaija.com editorial board – Tolu Orekoya, Isime Esene, Joachim MacEbong and Chude Jideonwo.

The stories will be judged on:
Poignancy
Narrative honesty
Originality of voice
Quality of writing – with focus on grammar, flair and use of language.

The YNaija Editorial team will select the 30 best Nigerian Voices to be published on the website all through the month of October.

The top entry will get N50,000 and an ntel device with FREE data subscriprion for one month, while runners-up will also get ntel devices and other exciting prizes.

Entries, once submitted to the email address [email protected], are property of YNaija.com.

Comments (15)

  1. Comment: hi, i made a mistake while trying to send mine. The first one was a mistake can it be excluded please?

  2. please are we to type this,using microsoft word and attaching it as an email to you guys?
    whats the maximum word/can it be more than 1500?

    1. No sir, one entry is just right. Thanks for reaching out.

  3. Are the photos compulsory.

    1. Hi, no, they are not. Thanks.

  4. Please, what personal details are to be attached with the entry? And does the story need to be titled? Please reply asap.

    1. Hello, essays should come with your name and contact details. Yes, please send with title. Thanks for reaching out to YNaija.

  5. Please is the essay to be sent as an attachment or placed in the body of the mail?

    1. Hello, essays can be sent in the body of the mail or/and as an attachment. Thanks for reaching out to YNaija.

  6. When sending it, what personal details are to be included?

  7. can it be a fiction

    1. Hi, it is non-fiction. Entries must tell a personal story. Look forward to receiving your submission. Thanks.

  8. Where’s the mailbox to submit to?

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