Hamwe Festival Short Stories Contest 2021

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Hamwe Festival Short Stories Contest 2021

The University of Global Health Community is organizing a short story writing competition. All the individuals who are 18 to 30 years old are invited to participate from across the globe. The theme of the contest is “Life in the era of Covid-19.” The contest will be held in English and French language. To participate, you are required to submit a short story in around 2000 words describing a scene that revolves around the theme. In your stories, you can cover a range of topics including gender disparities, social justice, the impact of isolation, inter-species relationships, social movements, conflict management, and many more. The last date to submit your stories is September 12, 2021.

The winners will be announced at the Hamwe Festival in November 2021. The first position holder under each category will be rewarded with $1000, the second position will get $700 and similarly, seven different prizes will be awarded under each category. It is an opportunity for budding writers from across the world to come together and compete amongst themselves. The contest will help you learn new perspectives of writing and hence enhance your skills to become better.

University of Global Health Equity aims to radically change the way healthcare is delivered across the world. They believe that the pipeline of future doctors, nurses, and global health experts is far too limited globally. The global health education system is failing to prepare students to solve the most pressing health challenges. Therefore, The UGHE brings a new approach to recruit and train health professionals. It is an independent university that builds on Public In Health’s three decades of experience in the field to some of the world’s poorest communities.

Brief Description

Refer to the table below for further details:

OrganizationUniversity of Global Health Equity
Educational LevelAll
Access modeOnline
Number of Awards14
NationalityDomestic and international
Application DeadlineSeptember 12, 2021
Application feesN/A
RequirementsA short story

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible, the candidates must satisfy the following preconditions:

  • The participants must be 18 to 30 years old.
  • The writers under the majority age in their country are required to confirm guardian authorization allowing UGHE and partners to publish their stories.
  •  The participants should necessarily have identification documents and a corresponding bank account.
  • The theme of the contest is “Life in the era of covid-19.” Writers may choose from a range of topics that include social justice, access to care, the impact of isolation, gender disparities, education, etc.

How to Apply?

To submit your stories, follow the stated guidelines:

  • The stories should not exceed the word limit of 2000 words.
  • The entries must be original work of writer in English or French and should be plagiarism free.
  • The entries may not be published previously.
  • Submit your entries in a Microsoft Word document form and name your submission as “your name – Hamwe Festival 2021 short stories contest.”
  • Submit your entries here.  


The winners will be announced during the Hamwe Festival in November 2021. The contest will award seven winners in each category (both English and French). Winners will receive the prizes in the following manner:

  • First prize: $1000
  • Second prize: $700
  • Third prize: $450
  • The 4 other selected stories will receive a prize of $200 each.

Application Deadline

Submit your stories before the prescribed deadline on September 12, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered for the competition.

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