Lion Press ( London ) and artsinitiates-zimbabwe are calling for entries in a short story competition running from May 1 till June 30 2009.
The stories selected will be published in an anthology expected to be out by December 2009.
Ten entries will win prizes. Monetary prizes will be given to the best five stories while material prizes will also be given to the other five winners.
First prize winner will get US$200, second prize is US$100, third prize US$70, fourth prize is US$50 and fifth prize is US$25.
Mobile phones will be given to the other five winners in the ten-winner group.
The stories can be on any topic, must be not less than a 1000 words long and be in English.
Lion Press Ltd is a publishing company founded by Zimbabwean writers in the Diaspora, to cater for the publication needs of Zimbabwean and Southern African writers.
It also offers services ranging from assisting with story-line development, editing, proofreading, illustrations, typesetting and cover design.
The company also translates books or documents from Shona/ Ndebele to English, and vice-versa. In addition, the company sells books in Shona and Ndebele in selected bookshops in Southern Africa and the UK .
To date, Lion Press has published the award-winning writer Christopher Mlalazi, music researcher Joyce Jenje-Makwenda, Sarudzayi Chifamba-Barnes and is working on works by renowned authors such as Alexander Kanengoni and Ignatius Mabasa.
The Lion Press Ltd is run and managed by a team of seasoned Zimbabwean authors and illustrators.
It owns an online store for selling a range of Shona and Ndebele books published by other companies.
Artsinitiates-zimbabwe is the country’s premier arts and culture online media that runs news items, poems as well as short stories.
It was founded in 2008 as part of the Imagine Afrika initiative that seeks to expand and promote the arts and culture sector by engaging people involved in the industry.