SprinNG Annual Report - 2020
Read about SprinNG's 2021 Prospects
Despite the challenges that 2020 brought, SprinNG expanded its strength and impact, optimizing its ability to promote, revitalize, and improve new Nigerian generations in writing and literature. SprinNG’s accomplishments wouldn’t have been without you – our readers and writers, the fellowship mentees, alumni and mentors, applicants of our contests, and the team. Here is a summary of our accomplishments in 2020 compared to the previous years.
In 2020, we published a total of 43 items on our website, garnering over 200 comments, 21,000 unique views, and 42,000 page visits on the website.
This was a significant improvement compared to 2019's 4,300 unique views and 13,300 page views. We increased our social media following by 40% with the addition of the SprinNG Women Authors Prize media.
For 2021, as an alternative to the open call for submissions that we usually have, SprinNG will be publishing select contributors from our pool of SprinNG Fellowship Alumni. Our publication’s page will be dedicated to the select contributors for 8 months of 2021, giving them a specific opportunity for exposure in the light of our increasing reach.
A different avenue for submissions will be provided to writers who haven’t been former participants of our fellowship. There will be several calls for submissions for publication in SprinNG’s anthologies, like our first titled We Are Deathless.
We Are Deathless - Edited by Wale Ayinla and Kanyinsola Olorunnisola. We Are Deathless aims for a new narrative with a multitude of black voices speaking their truths in unison. It emphasizes that blackness is no monolith; it exists in various forms, and we want works that acknowledge its cultural, religious, ideological, and sexual diversity. To read more about this anthology, visit www.sprinng.org/we-are-deathless.
2020 SprinNG Fellowship’s ‘Why I Write’ Anthology - This anthology represents the 2020 cohort with writings by 21 of the 50 writers accepted into the fellowship’s fourth cohort, 48 of which completed the programme requirements. The publication date will be announced on our social media platforms soon.
The SprinNG Fellowship:
The SprinNG Fellowship is an intensive five-week online mentorship programme for developing writers with great potential and willingness to learn. Select participants of the fellowship are paired with top contemporary writers to receive feedback continually on their work. In 2020, we expanded the writing fellowship, creating a sequential advancement program dedicated to improving select writers and former mentees' career development.
Here is the history of participation in our fellowship:
• In 2021, we shall expand the opportunity to Ghana - allowing Ghanaian writers who met the eligibility criteria and are selected, to participate in the fellowship.
• The SprinNG Writing Fellowship (SWF), which covers literary genres, will be available for free; however, the SprinNG Advancement Fellowship (SAF) will be modified into an all-year-round mentorship module and platform for creatives and non-creatives in Nigeria and beyond to improve their career development skills.
The application for the SprinNG fellowship will open again in 2021 between January and April 15.
SprinNG will continue its Annual Poetry Contest, the monthly Roving Heights Giveaway, and the SprinNG Women Author's Prize. To learn more about our contests, visit www.sprinng.org/contests.
The SprinNG Women Authors Prize: In January 2020, The SprinNG Women Authors Prize (#SWAPng) was founded. Blessing Ogunyemi currently leads the project. SWAP will select a Nigerian Female Author annually - someone who has published a full-length book in print and invest N100,000 in purchasing, distributing, and marketing copies of their book nationwide through our sister literary websites and events with whom we collaborate. SWAP’s first winner will be announced in January 2021.
In 2021, we will be taking a more strategic approach to enhance our content and engage our audience. We will share insights, opinions, and thoughts to induce conversations that will further support SprinNG goals.
The SprinNG Internship:
This year, we welcomed two interns Oluwafunmilayo Ojeniyi and Zainab Ajadi, to the team. Going forward, the SprinNG team will be collaborating with the CTCTW, drawing from their students and youth participants to select one intern per year.
The Nigerian Writers Database:
We are currently not accepting submissions for biographies to the Nigerian Writers Database managed by SprinNG until further notice. We are always looking for ways to improve our services' user experience; hence, the hold on the platform. As soon as there are updates, we will inform you via social media and email announcements.
5/12/2020 12:23:01 pm
In 2021, I hope I actively participate and become an intern here! I already see lots of improvements.
5/12/2020 12:45:26 pm
In 2020, you guys were amazing. Cheers to what 2021 will bring because all I see is a great platform for excellence.
5/12/2020 02:35:27 pm
Love the new initiative for alumni, promoting their works, also gives them the juice to do more. So now you do not just give opportunuties, but promotions
5/12/2020 02:38:52 pm
We are deathless, found this so enlightening, I made submission to the project. Black has changed in so many ways, so diversify that it ca not be wiped out
5/12/2020 06:27:43 pm
I am just a few pages into ‘We are Deathless’ and wow!
6/12/2020 06:16:47 am
6/12/2020 08:30:49 am
I've always wanted to be part of a community of writers. Can't wait for opportunities to come in 2021
Rodiyah Omotoyosi Mikail
6/12/2020 11:26:33 am
I hope to be able to make the best of opportunities provided by SprinNg, come 2021.
6/12/2020 12:06:40 pm
Reading that you’ll be expanding to give Ghanaian writers an opportunity has made it clear that SprinNG is going to explode in the near future. I love the dedication of SprinNG to delivering the best, and I’m so excited about your growth in every aspect and looking forward to all that you have in store for us!
Adeoye Favour I.
6/12/2020 04:13:09 pm
SpringNG is doing a wonderful job by giving literary writers and creative writers opportunities to be seen and heard. I truly anticipate the anthology; We are Deathless
7/12/2020 08:04:10 am
It is interesting to see how SpringNG has grown between the space of a year, and I think this growth can be attributed to the services it renders to established and aspiring writers as well. It is also important to note the equal space is given to women to thrive in this community. The inclusion is glaring and equally worth it. I'm happy for the mapped-out plan for 2021, and I really look forward to seeing it touch people's lives and elevate SpringNG.
10/12/2020 01:48:35 pm
It is both intriguing and quite amazing how individuals have testified that more progress was made in the year 2020 than ever before even with the challenges that were inherent in this year. Through the records, it is easy to observe that Sprinng has made a lot of progress this year compared to past years. It is their fervent passion to always give value to writers that has helped them through this year and i'm truly grateful for that. I myself have been equipped through Sprinng. It is with this in view that i patiently anticipate the year to come, so as to be further established with the opportunities available at Sprinng. Cheers to the Sprinng team 🙌
14/12/2020 03:44:33 pm
This is great and inspiring. I hope to join the spring fellowship 2021.
25/12/2020 07:16:56 am
This is great! Looking forward to 2021 with you guys.
25/12/2020 09:39:05 am
What a wonderful job you are doing for the literary craft in Africa. May 2021 and the years ahead bring even greater initiatives.
25/12/2020 09:41:51 am
On behalf of all the people that have benefited from the existence of SpringNG, and the ones that will continue to benefit, I say THANK YOU VERY MUCH. It's amazing how a group of individuals have come together to selflessly create such a platformto be of indelible service to writers in order to provide them the exposure they deserve. 2020 has been such an unexpected year with its strange turn of events, and yet, you people were still able to make such an incredible impact from your statistics. 2021 will be much better bi idhnillah (by God's grace). I am glad that you'll be opening the fellowship to Ghanians also; and subsequently, the rest of Africa. We're one blood, this black blood that unites us will flow to testify our unity and I believe SpringNG has taken great steps to achieving this. Thank you once again
26/12/2020 07:22:13 am
The social media engagements have sure improved, one can tell from the consistency of the mails. I hope I get to participate in upcoming fellowships come 2021.
Can 2021 come already?! Looking at the stats and great work achieved by sprinNG in 2020 I have no doubt that these plans for 2021 are going to be on the up and up. SprinNG has obviously without any doubt contributed to the life of every creative that came did come across any of their publications, (speaking as a witness to this fact)
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