The Dusty Manuscript

Submission Guidelines

  • Word count: 25,000 minimum word count
  • Submissions should be adult fiction (in the sense of not being 'children's fiction').
  • The use of Nigerian slangs and expressions are allowed.
  • The manuscript must be new in the sense that it is unpublished* in book form.
  • Eligible participants should have at least one parent born in Nigeria who holds citizenship of the same.
  • All entries must be submitted via online via
  • One entry per person

NOTE: No entry fee is required

* Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.

Formatting Guidelines for Manuscript

  • Submitted as a PDF file format
  • Twelve-point font in Times New Roman
  • Text should be double-spaced.
  • All pages should be numbered and should contain the manuscript title.
  • Author name should not be present anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Please also include a cover letter providing an overview/ synopsis of the manuscript.
  • Note that a synopsis is not the same as a blurb or a teaser. A synopsis should contain "spoilers", and should give a summary of the entire story, including and especially how it ends. Should be about 500 words long.

Questions or comments? Please get in touch


  • We will be accepting submissions fromĀ February 5th 2018.
  • The submission period will close at 11:59 p.m. midnight (WAT) on March 31, 2018.
  • The long list will be announced May 2018.
  • Author writing/marketing bootcamp and announcement of shortlist June 2018.
  • Announcement of Top three at Evening Gala June 2018