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#Stories4Health Writing Competition [CLOSED]

UPDATE 11/07/2020: The #Stories4Health Competition Winners have been announced here.

UPDATE 01/07/2020: The #Stories4Health competition has been closed today and the judging panel will be looking at the entries (click here to view them all). As communicated in this call, the result’s will be announced by 10th July 2020 and their winnings handed over to them. Look out for the announcement from our profile. 

If you missed the deadline but would still like to share your story, the platform is open so go right ahead, create an account and upload. New members that joined for the competition, the Muwado platform is also open for your other posts now that you are part of the community.

Greetings, Netizens.

I hope you are not too adversely affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. And while we are on that subject, we at Muwado, with the support of the good people at Amari are here with news that will hopefully help you channel your creativity to help spread creatively packaged stories about the pandemic and the health sector in general.

With the #Stories4Health Writing Competition, we are looking for personal experiences and human interest stories around new diseases, epidemics and trauma with special focus on personal experiences, human interest stories Covid-19 as the areas of interest. 

The competition is open to African writers from all over the world. Verification will be done at the point of selecting winners. Questions of eligibility shall be resolved by the Muwado and Amani administration and their decision is final.

Prizes/Incentives:

  1. Winning entry – Ugx 500,000
  2. 1st Runner Up – Ugx 300,000
  3. 2nd Runner Up – Ugx 200,000
  4. Others – Assorted Deals, Discounts & Packages from sponsors. We are still talking to other potential sponsors for the competition so keep on checking on this call for updates. If you’d like to be a sponsor, our contact details are on the artwork.

Writing Guidelines: 

Any form of internationally recognised writing in any language on the areas of interest is acceptable e.g

  • creatively written case reports or case series
  • nonfiction from front line workers and those that have been directly affected by the virus and measures taken to contain it
  • poetry
  • fiction that creatively disseminates correct health information
  • epidemic history and lessons that can be applied to the Covid-19 situation
  • Accurately researched opinion pieces
  • etc. We don’t want to limit your creativity so feel free to think beyond these guidelines but within the areas of interest.

Submission Guidelines:

To participate, these are the simple steps you will have to follow:

Step 1 

If you haven’t already done it, create an account on Muwado. If already have an account, ignore this and simply login.

Step 2 

Go to the Submit page and upload your submission. The submission window runs from 4th May – 30th June 2020 (at midnight GMT). In order for it to be recognised as an entry, MAKE SURE you include #Stories4Health in the submission title and tags section, like we have done on this post, so we know it’s an entry to the competition. If this is not done, your post will NOT be considered.

NOTE:

  • You can always edit the post from your profile if there is something you’d like to add/remove.
  • If submission proves difficult (our beta platform still has some bugs), email us your submission [email protected] and we’ll upload it for you.
  • All entries will be checked for plagiarism. Submissions found to be plagiarized will be disqualified.

Step 3. 

Share your submission widely and engage with your readers in the comments.

Step 4. 

Winners will be selected based on:

  • the creativity of the submission,
  • post reach (views and shares) and engagement (upvote/downvotes and comments),
  • the accuracy of health information within (consultancy between health professionals and creative writers is encouraged for the best results),
  • grammar
  • input from sponsoring partners.

Winners will be announced by 10th July 2020 and their winnings handed over to them.

NOTE: For those that are don’t fall in the demographic specified but still want to participate, or those not interested in the competitive side of the campaign, go right ahead and submit your entry. At the end of the day, the main goal is to disseminate helpful health information creatively.

If anything isn’t clear, ask in the comment section and we shall clarify.

All right then, best of luck.

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41 Comments

  1. Good day Muwado, has the winners been announced? I thought 10th of July will be the announcement date? Just curious ….

  2. Hello Muwado. I also can’t access my account . Was the prize also increased to 1m

    1. Hello Nyangoma. No, the prize money stayed the same. Regarding your account, we’ll be I touch via mail to resolve whatever issues you might have.

  3. It’s 1st July today. The competition is supposed to be over. Why can we still edit our write up?

    1. Hello Jess. The competition is indeed over. We have the entries as they were at the time of closing so if you want to edit yours to improve it, since it will be viewed beyond this, you can go ahead. It won’t affect the final results.

  4. Must all entries be backed by medical Research?

    1. Hello Jess.

      Medical research is ideal for backing up medical opinions. Otherwise, it’s not compulsory.

  5. Heart felt greetings.
    Please, I opened and account here. Unfortunately, I can’t log into it. I have tried severally to change the password, it’s not working out.

    However, when I was opening the account. Goggle chrome generated a password they suggested for me. I abandoned it. Imputed mine. Presently, I’m not able to log in. I still have my story to post.

    Thank you in anticipation of your response

    1. Hello Ebenezer. Check your mail shortly for instructions on how to access your account and post.

  6. Is it for only Uganda citizens?

    1. Hello Miracle. The competition is open to all Africans.

  7. I’m happy to register with this platform, I will input my entry as Soon as possible

    1. Welcome to Muwado. We look forward to reading your stories.

  8. Hi, i couldn’t find the edit option after clicking on the three dots.

    1. That’s odd. Were you logged in?

      1. Hello there, yes I was logged in but I couldn’t find the edit option

  9. Hello there, how can I make corrections to my submission?

    1. Hello OG,

      To get edit your post go to:

      Your Profile > Posts > Click on the three dots below the post of interest and click on the edit option > Make edits and update.

  10. Hello, I just wanted to know if reference/sources from which facts are gotten should be stated below the entry? Or should the references be stated directed in the content ?

    1. Hello Udemy.

      References/sources can either be put below or in the entry directly in the content depending on which appeals to your more.

  11. Hello people, i need help, i saved my story in the draft section but i cant find drafts on my account

    1. Hello Kashiri. To get to your drafts section, go to:

      Your Profile > Posts > Drafts. To edit a draft, point at the three dots below it and click on the edit option.

  12. If I publish it here…does it again require me to send my essay on your email

    1. Hello Leta.

      Apologies for the late reply.

      If you have successfully published your submission on Muwado, you do not need to send your essay to our email.

  13. Hello,

    Thanks for this.

    How many entries are permitted per person?

    1. Hello Qwemy.

      Apologies for the late reply.

      A person can submit as many entries as they want. All the pieces will be considered individually.

  14. Are opinion oriented articles welcome?

    1. Hello Jorge. Yes, opion oriented articles are welcome. Our only recommendation is you back the opinions up with some valid data and research to make the case you are making stronger.

  15. Hey Rolland.
    If submission seems difficult , do I have to send the article as a Microsoft word document to your email?

    1. Hello Mbeiza. Yes, send the submission as a word document to [email protected]

  16. Hey. If submission seems difficult, do I have to send you a Microsoft word document on your email?

  17. Hello. A question here. How do I share my submission widely?

    1. Hi Mbeiza. That’s really up to you bust some suggestions include sharing to your other social media profiles, Whatsapp groups, asking your friends to share…

  18. What is the word length we are looking at?

    1. This is open. Write as many as you want as long as you are confident you can hold the readers attention.

  19. Hello,it’s possible to written in French Swahili?

    1. Hello Jean,

      Yes, feel free to write in any language you want.

  20. Hello Roland,

    What do you mean by “input from sponsoring partners”?

    1. We are having conversations with potential sponsors that can provide in-kind incentives to some of the people that submit. Their input on which submissions they like will be factored into the scoring.

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