Silly Stories Anthology Contest

You got silly stories? Share them with us!

Householder Books is looking for storytellers who  want to earn a little for the silly children’s stories they have been keeping in their back pockets. Now is the time to share your virtue-infused silly stories with the world by submitting to our maiden Silly Stories Anthology for Children!

Submission Rules:

  • Your entry must be kid-friendly and loosely based or inspired by African folklore, animals, proverbs, historical events and people. Your story must be silly, must be larger than life, must amuse kids, and beneath the silliness, have an inherent life lesson. Your story contributes of Householder Books Silly Stories anthology.
  • Your entry can be a short story (2,000 words or less), or poem (30 lines or less) and appeal to children.
  • Your entry must be typed, and submitted by email.
  • Your entry must be an original, unpublished work (has not appeared in a physical or digital platform)

 Submit a cover sheet along each entry that includes:

  1. Author's name
  2. Mailing address
  3. Phone number
  4. Email address
  5. Title of submission
  6. Word count
  7. Entry category (short story, poetry, non-fiction)

Submit to Use subject - Silly Stories

Note: Up to two entries may be submitted per person. All submitted work should be "publication ready."

Deadline - June 30, 2024


Entries must be written by Africans.


  • All entries will be ranked anonymously based on content, quality of expression, and our amuse-ometer (Silly, larger than life, must amuse kids, and beneath the silliness, have an inherent life lesson)
  • Judges' decisions are final

 If selected

  • Writers of selected -ranking submissions will be asked to sign a licensing agreement which gives Householder Books the right to publish and distribute selected work indefinitely
  • Authors and artists will retain copyright of their individual work


  • Selected entries will be published in the Silly Stories Anthology for Children which will be circulated to libraries, schools and individual readers across multiple countries in Africa, in the United States, and Canada. 
  • This anthology will provide African authors the opportunity to build name recognition and readership/viewership
  • Each accepted entry earns the writer N10,000 to be paid upon license agreement completion.
  • In addition to circulation, copies of the anthology will not be sold by Householder Books but will be included in resource collections, and promotional packages for prospective clients and customers.


Householder Books will hold a virtual launch/reception featuring recognition of selected writers. Participants will be notified of details.

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