See Why Etisalat Does Not Award Prize For Flash Fiction

There would be no winner for the 2016 edition of the Etisalat Flash Fiction Award, just as announced by the judges. 

Making this announcement, the judges said none of the entries met the levels of creativity, quality and excellence that the prize requires.

Chair of the panel of judges, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, disclosed that the decision not to award the prize this year was reached by the four-member panel after a thorough review of the entries, when it was unanimously concluded that none of the Flash Fiction entries met what was required. 

Ibrahim said: 

Having read through the submissions, all the judges were disappointed with the quality of the stories. When we came together to deliberate on a potential shortlist, the discussions veered into whether or not there was any merit in actually having a shortlist. Despite the competition being for entry-level writers, mediocrity should not be celebrated since Etisalat, as a company, is committed to the pursuit of excellence, as we the judges are.

Commenting on the decision, Director, Brands and Experience, Etisalat Nigeria, Elvis Ogiemwanye, said:

We concur with the final decision of the judges not to award the 2016 Etisalat Flash Fiction Award to any winner based on their honest review of all the entries that were received. The judges are eminent persons and we are satisfied that they did what was needful to preserve the integrity of the Etisalat Prize for Literature as a flagship of a pan-African literary prize, by not compromising excellence.

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