The management together with the Judges of the Ghana Writers Awards (GWA) has announced the 2017 shortlisted entries of the awards.
Five categories, including poetry, short story, spoken word, literature blog, and topic-given poetry contest on illegal mining have been shortlisted for the second edition of the Ghana Writers Awards.
The 2017 GWA, which is the second edition, is on the theme, “My art my life; creating more opportunities for the youth in the literary art industry in Ghana.”
In a statement issued in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency, Mr Ernest Dovlo, the Public Relations Officer at the GWA said the entries were opened from April 14 to May 14, this year.
The statement congratulated all shortlisted entrants and all those who submitted their work.
It noted that “The entries for the spoken word category were not up to expectation hence the disqualification of call entries for that category. The categories with shortlisted stories and writers are:
SHORT STORY: University of Hard Knocks – Philip Arko Ewusi, Liberia Woman – Samuel Owusu Achiaw, Prayer Mongers – Nana Yaa Asantewaa Asante, Faded Beauty –Robert Owuodihia, Incapacitated – Nana Ama Gyemah, The Sound Of Silence – Roby Yayra Goka, Serebour – Serebour Badu Prosper.
LITERATURE BLOG: Celestine Nudanu, The Creative Arts Society, POETRY ON GALAMSEY, Dig Deeper – Yvette D. Adusei, The Dying Digger – Kweku Taylor, The Cry of the Land – Maame Akua Akyea Kodua.
POETRY CATEGORY: The Piano Phone – Logoh Selorm Philip, Gentle Lucifer – Mohammed Shamsu-deen, A Thousand Mystics— Kofi Acquah, A Letter to My Oppressor – Emmanuel Agyei-Poku, That Jesus Name – Adjei-Arthur Bonsue, The Plight of a House Help – Gabla Godwin, Africa of Old – Sacket Anthony Djaba, Little Black Children – Gayi Eyram C., An Elegy for Awonoor –Abelumkeamah Bertrand Azags, A Toil In The Dark – Kwao Jonathan Tetteh, Of Our Land – Ekow Dodd, The Making of Silence – Nana Karikari Akyempo Prempeh.”
The award ceremony is scheduled for October 28 at Christ the King Parish Hall.
According to the statement, 10 judges selected from Africa, Asia and the Americas have been playing their roles in the 2017 edition of the Awards.
“The maiden edition of the awards was held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Marvels Ghana Mini Golf Course in Accra on the theme: ‘Preserving the Ghanaian culture through creative writing; the role of writers’ with over 800 patrons,” the statement said.
In a bid to revive and promote the Ghanaian and African literature, the Ghana Writers Awards, a literary prize, was instituted in 2012.