Organisers of the annual Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) and FMB Short Story competition have said all is set for the prize presentation ceremony of the 2013 competition to take place on Saturday at FMB offices in Blantyre.
The awards ceremony has been postponed three times since the competition ended last year, a development Mawu said is not a sign of poor planning, but communication and commitments by officials at FMB. The awards ceremony was first set for December and failed to take place twice in January.
In an interview yesterday, Mawu president Sambalikagwa Mvona said they had a meeting with the sponsors FMB and have finally agreed to give out the prizes on Saturday.
“Mawu has always been set for the awards, but we were waiting from the sponsors. We set some dates before, but they were changed because the sponsors were not ready due to committed in other projects. We met them on Tuesday and I can inform the nation that in all means we are awarding the winners this Saturday,” said Mvona.
Five writers are expected to be recognised from the over 80 entries. The first three will earn K150 000 (about $375), K80 000 (about $200) and K50 000 (about $125) respectively.
Mawu also said they will recognise some writers who did well in terms of imagination and language use.
Meanwhile, Mawu has announced that the next edition of the competition will start earlier than last year.
Mvona said discussions are underway with FMB to start the competition during the first quarter of 2014 to ensure everything is finalised within the year of the competition.