Yvonne Maphosa the author of the national best selling novel The y in yOUR man is silent and author of Grasping at straws has launched her own writing competition. The competition is titled Luvone which means lamp in Kalanga; a name that is directly inspired by Yvonne's heritage. The short story writing competition shall be exclusively for Matebeleland region residents, that is those from Matebeleland North, Matebeleland South and Bulawayo.
The national bestselling author has been making a name for herself beyond her writing. She was recently named among the top 20 most influential women in Zimbabwe side by side with the likes of Fadzayi Mahere, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Beatrice Mtetwa.
Yvonne's short story contest will target the youth, primarily the ages of 16 to 25. The winner is going to receive R2,500 ($180), 5 novels and a food hamper. The runner-up gets R1,000 ($80), 4 novels and a food hamper. The length of stories is between 2,500 to 3,000 words.
The short story contest is just another of Yvonne's philanthropic efforts as she's had an ongoing partnership with the Anthu foundation to help out the less privileged. Yvonne also has a long-standing campaign to end period poverty by sourcing reusable pads and other period hygiene essentials for women who can't afford them.