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Etisalat workshop for Flash Fiction Writers holds in Lagos

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Ahead of the call for submission of entries for the 2017 Etisalat Flash Fiction Award, Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunication company, Etisalat, has announced plans to hold a training workshop to enhance the skills of budding writers.

The workshop, which will be facilitated by Ellah Allfrey an editor and patron of Etisalat Prize for Literature and Richard Ali, a lawyer, poet and author is scheduled to take place at the Etisalat Training Facility in Oriental Hotel Office Complex, Lagos tomorrow.

Speaking on the imperative of the workshop,  Director, Brands and Experience, Etisalat Nigeria, Elvis Ogiemwanye, said the telco saw the need to organize the training session after the panel of judges for the Etisalat Flash Fiction Award announced that there will be no winner for the 2016 Flash Fiction Prize as none of the entries received met the levels of creativity, quality and excellence required for the award of the Prize.

“The workshop is our attempt at ensuring that the expectations of the Flash Fiction Award is properly communicated and well understood by the aspiring participants. We believe that this will in turn lead to a significant improvement in the quality of the entries that will be submitted for the 2017 Flash Fiction Award,” Ogiemwanye said.

The 2015 edition of the Flash Fiction Award was won by Modupe Ojuolape Kuti. She clinched the prize with her short story “Gone.” while Jacqueline Uche Agweh and John Chidi, emerged runners-up for their stories, “Invincible” and “Madness in Degrees” respectively. As a reward, Kuti got  £1,000 cash while the two runners-up got  £500 each in addition to mobile devices.

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