THE 2020 Redefiners Writing Challenge for Children: Lockdown Edition

The Redefiners Writing Challenge (RWC) is a creative opportunity aimed at encouraging young people to express themselves through writing. RWC will identify, harness and showcase the gift of writing in young Nigerians. This will boost their confidence, help them communicate better and appreciate other stories they read, while instilling in them the desire to do something
worthwhile with their words. Children who write discover themselves early, they believe they have something to say; a good foundation for becoming powerful leaders for the future.

This year, it will be implemented in partnership with Chowilson, Pulchra Publishing and The Bookworm Cafe, giving preteens and teens an opportunity to share their views on the lockdown experience. The theme is ‘My Ideal Lockdown Experience’. It will provide them with an opportunity to express themselves while promoting their adherence to WHO’s precautionary measures.

Preteen Writers: Ages 9-12
Teen Writers: Ages 13-16


  • First, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes ( N50,000, N30,000 and N20,000 respectively).
  • The top 20 stories will be included in the 2020 Redefiners Writing Challenge Anthology (Lockdown Edition).
  • Twenty finalists will participate in an online writing masterclass/interactive session

Eligibility Criteria

  • Authors must be within the specified age groups (above) as at 30th June, 2020.
    Submission of birth certificates is mandatory for this reason.
  • Entries must be submitted on or before the deadline – 30th June, 2020. Late
    submissions will not be accepted.
  • Participants must be Nigerian citizens
  • Only entries submitted in line with the guidelines below will be considered.

Submission Guidelines
● All entries have to be original works of fiction, not previously published, 500 words minimum and 900 words maximum. Authors should ensure their stories interpret the theme correctly.
● Only one entry will be accepted per child
● Entries should be in PDF format, typed and double-spaced with a cover page that has the story title and word count. Entries should be saved with the title, not the author’s name (authors’ names will be filled on registration forms which also have story titles for easy tracking).
● At least one of WHO’s COVID-19 precautionary measures should be used in the story
● To participate, fill in your details here, pay your entry fee of N1,000 here and send attached copies of your story (as requested) and birth certificate to or Birth certificates should be sent in JPEG or GIF.

Announcement of Winners and Closing Events
The long list, comprising of top 20 authors and their stories, will be published by 31st July An interactive session which includes a writing masterclass, will be held for the top 20 finalists on the 1st of August, 2020.

The top three winners, per category, will be named at the closing ceremony on the 8th of August 2020.

All 20 finalists will get a copy of the anthology after it is published.


Omonefe Oisedebamen Eruotor (Event Founder and organizer)
Omonefe O. Eruotor studied English and Literature as well as Development. She runs Redefiners, a publishing, Public Relations and creative outfit poised to inspire change. She is a Public Relations Professional who writes and sings and is deeply concerned about the young ones who will become the leaders of tomorrow. She organizes creative events to help reignite the reading culture in children, empowering them to stand out as fit leaders for tomorrow.
She is the author of A Mile in Her Shoes and Worth Giving Up.

Tesiri Moweta (Judge)
She is an English/Literature graduate and a published author. She is also a Human Resource Professional, currently the General Manager of a Human Resource solutions company and Project Coordinator of BoolzI Writing Services. Tesiri is the author of Changes and Encounters with the Master.

Pamela Agboga (Judge)
She is a content creator, editor and writing coach. She currently runs her own publishing and entertainment business; ChoWilson. She works with other writers to build a solid writing network that fosters growth and profit. She is the author of Weekends are for Loving.

Ann Esievoadje (Judge)
Ann is a freelance writer, Content Creator and Editor, who is passionate about encouraging a reading culture and personal development among teenagers and adults. She has authored two books, The Quilt (fiction) and Being Mummy and Me (non-fiction). She is the Creative Head at Pulchra Publishing, a Columnist at Connect Nigeria’s Info-Portal and the Host of Book Lovers Alley, a book review show on Nimabox Live (a YouTube Channel). When she isn’t glued to her computer or scribbling in her notepads, she spends her time reading, watching movies and anime, salivating over culinary programs and swimming.

Farida Ladipo-Ajayi
She is the founder and Literacy Lead at The Book Worm Café. She worked as an Engineer before heeding the call of her purpose. Today, she is a children’s librarian, reading specialist and advocate for the right of the child to read. She loves literature and nurtures children to read.

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5 Responses

  1. Amarachi Amogu says:

    What theme are we talking about

  2. Blessing says:

    My child will be 9 in a few months. Can she participate?

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