Grand tournament in the

mali empire

We want a super hyper masculine story about a martial arts tournament near the end of the Mali Empire’s dominance of West Africa.

Deadline 1/28/2021


1st Place – $500 and a Publishing Deal


Step 1

Read all the information below and watch our Youtube tutorial for submission 

Step 2

Choose the proper competition on the submission form and upload your work as described in the instructions. 

Step 3

Post our confirmation image on instagram and tag @blacksandsentertainment


/sscienceThis competition will be in pitch format. Submissions will be in the format provided in the “entry format” section. 

The topic is Tournament! You must craft an amazing cast of fighters with a mix of African martial arts to compete in the grand tournament. This is near the end of the Mali Empire so each nation’s representative is fighting for their country’s standing in this new world! 


  • Blood sport
  • Kengan
  • Baki

The possibilities are endless but there are core elements you MUST have.

1. Compelling lead character with a lot of growth potential.

2. A clear Villain who is participating.

3. A rival that pushes the main character to succeed.

4. Funny, non-tournament situations that builds character growth and alliances.

5. A wide variety of fighting styles and fight terminology/science.


Entry Format

Please download this document, fill it out with your pitch, and submit it through our submission form.

Must choose Mali Tournament for the category of the submission.

Art skills is not required. This is a purely writing entry.

Watch this video for details




Non-Confidentiality of Your Submissions. Except as otherwise described any applicable Additional Terms, you agree that (a) your Submissions will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary by us – regardless of whether you mark them “confidential,” “proprietary,” or the like – and will not be returned, and (b) to the maximum extent not prohibited by applicable law, BSP does not assume any obligation of any kind to you or any third-party with respect to your Submissions. Upon request, you will provide documentation necessary to authenticate rights to such content and verify your compliance with these Terms or any applicable Additional Terms. You acknowledge that the Internet may be insecure and subject to breaches of security; according, you acknowledge and agree that your Submissions are submitted at your own risk.

In your communications with BSP, please keep in mind that beyond Submissions we do not seek any unsolicited ideas or materials for products or services, or even suggested improvements to products or services, including, without limitation, ideas, concepts, inventions, or designs for music, websites, apps, books, scripts, screenplays, motion pictures, television shows, theatrical productions, software or otherwise (collectively, “Unsolicited Ideas and Materials”). Any Unsolicited Ideas and Materials you submit are licensed to us as set forth below. In addition, BSP retains all of the rights held by members of the general public with regard to your Unsolicited Ideas and Materials. BSP’s receipt of your Unsolicited Ideas and Materials is not an admission by Image of their novelty, priority, or originality, and it does not impair BSP’s right to contest existing or future Intellectual Property rights relating to your Unsolicited Ideas and Materials.



Must be a patron member to enter competition. Must not give any documents outside of the requested ones. This would show that you follow proper instructions.

IMPORTANT: All applicants must post our promotional image “patron” on their social media channels with @blacksandsentertainment tagged. Anyone who doesn’t, will not be considered.


How to enter

It is imperative you fill out all relevant info in the submission form and these following things.

1. TLDR summary.

2. Why did you pick this story

3. What is your motivation. 

4. Patron name for verification

Attach the document for submission as a PDF or word document no larger than 20 MBs. Make sure Tournament is selected in the drop down box.


Winner will receive 500 USD through PayPal.

There will only be one winner and publishing deal.



Open Period 1/15/2021 to 1/28/2021

winners will be announced 2/5/2021



Submissions will receive feedback at the discretion of Black Sands Publishing. If you do not receive a response by 2/3/2021, it is assumed you did not win the competition. We will have honorable mentions on youtube.