The 2nd edition of the RWF envisions submissions to fall under the four main types of writing as stated below:
- Expository – This type of writing is meant to explain or inform the subject to the reader.
- Persuasive –In this type of writing, the piece should focus on influencing the reader towards a particular subject.
- Narrative – The writer is expected to tell a story that is entirely factual.
- Descriptive – It is almost similar to expository type of writing that uses the five senses to paint a picture for the reader. This writing includes imagery and noting of every specific detail of relevance.
The RWF Categories/Entries
Using the above four types of writing, the RWF authors will be expected to submit pieces in the following specified categories only;
- Non-fictional Story with African background
- Opinionated piece on a particular topic
- Biography / personal profile
- Objective essay
Festival Rules and Judging Criteria
- The submissions must fall in the given categories.
- Must be original work
- Should be maximum of 700 words
- All articles must be submitted by midnight September 9th.
- All submissions should have details of the writers including name, institution and reachable contacts.
The Second Raw Word Festival will have the highest levels of transparency with a proposed team of judges set to select the finalists/winners.
- Our editorial team to through every single submission and arrange them according to categories.
- Our team to flag the first round of finalists
- The first round of shortlisted submission to be forwarded to the outsourced panel of judges who will revise the pool and pick the best before forwarding back the submissions.
- The panel to go through the revised list of submissions narrowing down to 10 finalists.
- The panel of judges to award marks and the top high submissions will be the competition’s winners.
Several writing components will be key determinants in the competition:
- Original voice
- Unique style
- Fresh point of view
- Descriptive language
- Good diction
- Interesting perspectives(Not too mainstream)
- Clear presentation
- Spelling/grammar/mechanics/word count