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A compiled list of poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022. The list is updated regularly once with new poetry contests. Nigeria poetry competitions 2022

Poetry Competitions In Nigeria 2022

poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022

For the Poetry Competitions In Nigeria 2022, we announced last year that we were going to give updates on new poetry competitions that are and will be available for Nigerians in 2022. The compiled list will be arranged based on the month of deadline. thus, with such categorization, it'll be quite easy to access and avert your mind to the deadline of the poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022.

Submitting poems, short stories, fiction and many many other seems to be the new goldmines among writers nowadays, especially Nigerian writers and poets who has an unquenched thirsts for literariness.

To reduce the stress of getting the right and available poetry competitions in Nigeria, we were therefore prompted to compile a list of ongoing poetry and writing Competitions 2022 that will be available for Nigeria poets and other countries'' poets in 2021. The list will be updated once a new poetry/writing contest or any ongoing writing or poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022 has been announced.

In order to ensure proper organization of several other writing competitions such as short story, novella, fiction, drama etc., the liost for these other writing competitions in 2022 are separately provided under the "section" heading. You can take your time to search through the list to find the best, or favorable writing competitions in 2022  

To make the writing contests list more detailed and broad, there are some inclusive contest on African poetry competition 2022 with their links embedded in the anchored text just for any poet in Nigeria to benefit from them.

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List Of Poetry Competitions In Nigeria 2022

Poetry competitions In Nigeria 2022 January

  • The New Beginning Poetry Competition 2022

Enter the new beginning poetry competition 2022 judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

To celebrate the launch of our brand-new six-week online Writing Poetry course, led by renowned poet Anthony Anaxagorou, we’re thrilled to open the New Beginnings Poetry Competition for submissions.

We’re inviting you to try your hand at poetry, whether this is a new form for you or you’re already a constant notebook lyricist. If you’re interested in learning more about poetry we want to hear from you!

Prizes For The New Beginning Poetry Competition 2022

£500, a free place on our six-week online Writing Poetry course and publication of your poem on our blog.

A free place on our six-week online Writing Poetry course and publication of your poem on our blog.


Our landscape has exploded with presses and magazines over the last few decades with the advent of digital publications—so many good poems have been found and celebrated, but others have been forgotten or overlooked. We want to bring light to those lost pieces of poetry—the poems that you love but feel are no longer receiving the attention or recognition they deserve. 1st Place will be awarded $3000 and publication of the winning poem and a brief interview in Palette Poetry; second and third place will receive $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication. 

Deadline: January 16, 2022

  • Lengthy Poem Contest 2022

engthy Poem Contest is announced open for Submission. The winner of the contest will be awarded a cash prize of 300 U.S. dollars.

Three finalists will be published on Defenestrationism.net in April, followed by several days of Fan Voting. The Winner will be announced on May Day

  • Submit To The Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award 2022

The Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award 2022 is now announced open for poets to submit their works. The poetry competition (The Stacy Dories Memorial Poetry Award 2022) is organized by the Fourteen Hills Literary Magazine.

Prize For The Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award 2022

The winning poet will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2022 issue of Fourteen Hills. 

  • Tampa Review Prize For Poetry 2022

Book Publication  •  $2,000 Award
Selected Poems published in Tampa Review

Deadline: January 31

  • The Isele Magazine Submissions Prize 2022
Isele Magazine Submissions Prizes celebrates the best of short stories, poetry, and essays by writers published in Isele Magazine. 

The prizes are split into three categories – short stories, poetry, and essays, and each category is judged by a panel of two judges. The longlists of ten stories, ten suites of poems or single poems, and eight essays will be announced in February, while the shortlists of five works per category will be revealed at the end of March. The winners will receive $200 each, presented to them at a ceremony at the end of April

Deadline: January 31

Poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022 February

  • List Of Palette Poetry Prize & Competitions 2022

Palette Poetry is one of the most prestigious poetry magazines that pay poets for submitted and accepted entries. Palette poetry is also reputed for its immense contribution to the poetry community through publication of poems and due payment.

For easy access, we have compiled the list of palette poetry competitions 2022 that are available for the year 2022. Although, some of the palette poetry competitions are not currently open, but then, you can easily mark the dates on your calendar for reminder.

It is advised that before any palette poetry submission, you are required to read the guidelines and the rules. Failure to adhere to palette poetry submission rules could end in rejection of the submitted poem(s)

Poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022 March

The Pin annually organized Nigeria literary prize; "Nigerian Students Poetry Prize" has been announced open for submission. Every interested poet is required to read through the submission guidelines before proceeding.

About The PIN's Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2022

Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) is an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) aimed at stimulating literary creativity and encouraging critical thinking among Nigerian undergraduates. Since its inception in 2016 at the University of Ibadan, the prize has received about 3500 entries from students representing over 100 tertiary institutions (including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, schools of nursing and seminary schools).
deadline: 7 March, 2022
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  • Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2022

Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2022 is a literary competition organized for writers to contest for a huge cash prize.

The contest is organized by The Caterpillar, a quarterly print magazine for children featuring poetry, short stories and art.

The prize is for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11.

The poem can be on any subject. There is a line limit of 150.  Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast.

Prize: $1,000

31 March 2022

  • Foley Poetry Contest 2022

The Foley Poetry Contest: America Media is sponsor of the annual Foley Poetry Award, given in honor of William T. Foley, M.D. Each entrant is asked to submit one poem of 45 lines or fewer for consideration. Only unpublished poems not under consideration elsewhere will be considered. Poems may address any topic. 

Submissions must be received between midnight ET on January 1 and 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31, 2022. 

The winning poem will be announced in early June and published in the print edition of America. The cash prize is $1,000.

Deadline: March 31, 2022. 

 Poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022 April

  • The Alpine Fellowship Poetry Prize 2022

Application for the alphine Fellowship Poetry Prize 2022 is announced open. To apply, follow the guidelines below. Awarded for the best poetry on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2022 - Freedom.

 The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize and will be invited to our symposium. 

Runners up will be invited to attend the symposium and travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a total of £500. All food and accommodation will be covered. 

Deadline:  1st April 2022

  • The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2022/ The Nigeria Prize For Literary Criticism 2022.

The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2022 is announced open for submission. Interested writers are required to submit their best works before the deadline, which is April 8, 2022.

 Noteworthy, this year's literary prize is open to two categories, namely:

  • Literary Criticism
  • Poetry.
The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2022 is endowned by the Nigeria LNG Limited to honour the author of the Nigeria books within the last four years.

Normally, the prize rotates yearly and for 2022, the chosen category is poetry.

Prize: $10,000

Deadline: April 8, 2022.

Enter for free to win prizes up to N500,000.00

To celebrate and honour the poetic life of Late Vweta Chadwick, Project ASHA calls for female poets to enter the  Vweta Chadwick Poetry Prize in honour of Vweta Chadwick, themed - INVISIBLE DISABILITY. 

Deadline: 16 April, 2022.

  • Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition

The Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition provides an annual opportunity for two high school students to read their original work with an established poet in the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series (June and July). 

The winners are selected by an independent judge. The Word Works expects young poets to be accompanied by an adult family member.

Deadline: April 30

Poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022 May

  • Bridport Prize 2022 (Poetry)

Bridport Prize 2022 for poetry category is announced open for submissions. Interested writers are invited to submit their entries while following the outline submission guidelines.

Deadline: May 31

Poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022 June

  • Poetry London Prize 2022
Poetry London Prize 2022

Entries to the Poetry London Prize 2022 are now open. Winners will be notified by the end of September. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. The maximum length is 80 lines, not including titles or blank lines. 

Deadline: The closing date is 23:59 on June 30, 2022

  • Montreal International Poetry Prize 2022

Montreal International Poetry Prize 2022 is announced open for submissions. Writers who have interest in contesting for a cash prize and a feature in a published magazine are advised to join and submit their works before the expiration of the deadline.

The Montreal Prize awards one prize of $20,000 CAD to a poet for a single poem of 40 or fewer lines. A jury of internationally reputed poets and critics selects a shortlist of approximately 60 poems, from which a judge chooses one winner. The shortlist is published in The Montreal Poetry Prize Anthology.

  • SpringNG Annual Poetry Contest

Win N15,000 Cash and N10,000 Gift-Card to shop at Roving Heights for the SprinNG Annual Poetry Contest.(Only one winner will be selected)


Contest opens on March 1 and ends on June 30. Winner will be announced on August 1.


Only Nigerian writers living in Nigeria are eligible for this contest. Only one submission per person is allowed.

Contest Prompt:

Write a simple poem on any theme of your choice between 8-10 lines. Line count doesn't include the poem's title.

  • Wells Festival Of Literature Open Poetry Competition

This year we welcome Tristram Fane Saunders to our 30th Anniversary Festival as judge in the Open Poetry Competition.

Tristram Fane Saunders is a journalist and commissioning editor at the Telegraph.  As their poetry critic he also runs ‘Poem of the Week’.

His own poems appear in Carcanet’s New Poetries VIII: An Anthology.  His current pamphlet is Woodsong and The Rake is forthcoming in May 2022. He has recently edited Edna St Vincent Millay: Poems and Satires.

We are delighted to announce that the 1st prize in our Open Poetry Competition will again this year be £1000! Second and third prizes will also remain at £500 and £250 respectively. Plus £100 for a local poet.

Our International Competitions will open on 1 April 2022, closing at midnight on 30 June 2022

  • Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest 2022

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry announced its fortieth biannual poetry competition. Follow the submission guidelines below to learn how to submit to them.

Deadline: June 30, 2022


1st prize: $350 

 2nd prize: $200 

3rd prize: $100

In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our website.

Poetry Competitions In Nigeria 2022 April

  • African Writers Award 2022

African Writers Award 2022 is currently open for submission. Follow the guidelines to submit.

For 2022, we are delighted to announce a call for submission for the African Writers Awards under the theme: HOPE. 

We accept submissions to the following categories:

Poetry (Structured or unstructured) – 1 poem per entry
Creative Non-Fiction (1,500 words maximum)
Drama (6 acts maximum)
Please note:

This call will run from 15th March until 1st July 2022.

  • Rattle Poetry Prize 2022
The Rattle Poetry Prize 2022 is announced open for submissions. Interested writers are to submit their best poems, not more than 40 lines to contest for an amazing cash prize. To submit for the Rattle Poetry Prize 2022, follow the prescribed guidelines for submissions below.

One $15,000 Winner and ten $500 Finalists will be selected in a blind review by the editors of Rattle and printed in the Winter 2022 issue;  one $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award will then be chosen from among the Finalists by subscriber and entrant vote.

Deadline: July 15th

Poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022 August

  • Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022 has been announced open to writers to submit their best works. For the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022, they are looking for the best new writing talent. 

The £5,000 international literary prize is open to poetry and short fiction submissions on any theme, celebrating innovation in content, form and technique

Deadline: August 21

  • Oxford Brooke's University's International Poetry Competition 2022

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is launching its 2022 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories:

Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over)

English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language.

The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200.

The competition deadline is 11pm BST on Monday 31 August 2022.

Poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022 September

  • The Face Project
28 paintings, 28 stories, 28 weeks, 1 publication

Calling all aspiring and established writers and poets! 

Would you like to be featured in a unique art and literature publication?

Read on to learn how you can be a part of this exciting project

More On The Face Project Competition

how is The Face Project going to work?
Over the next 28 weeks, one oil portrait will be posted every week. 

Out of the stories and poems received, one entry will be chosen to pair with each painting. 

The final selection of 28 entries will be announced here, within fifteen days of the final posting. 

These works will then be published along with the paintings in a stunning one-of-a-kind worldwide publication.

Deadline: September 4

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Poetry Competitions In Nigeria 2021

Last month, seems to be the breaking door into the new year, 2021 and an end to the year we all mostly dread, 2020.

Although, 2020 had its difficulties, some folks were able to improve themselves and grab opportunities around them. Poets in nigerua are not left out in this stance.

Last year, many calls for entries and submission by magazines were made out to interested writers and poets to have their work considered and if they were lucky enough, they were able to win cash prizes with some benefits attached.

But that was 2020. Now, it's 2021!

Here are the list of the poetry/ writing competitions along with their deadlines:

The list is in order of deadlines i.e the exact months the poetry contest will be closed for submission.

January 2021 Poetry Contests/Competitions

  • The 2020 Nine Dots Prize|US$100,000 Cash Prize

The Nine Dots Prize seeks to reward original thinking in response to contemporary societal issues. Each Prize cycle lasts two years, with a new question being announced every other October

There's a little details about this poetry contest.

February 2021 Poetry Contest/ Competition

  1.  Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2021 (NSPP 6th Edition) | N400,000 Cash Prize

Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) is an initiative of Poet in Nigeria (PIN) which is  aimed at stimulating literary creativity and encouraging critical thinking among Nigerian undergraduates. 

This writing contest is meant to promote poetry among young writers, especially student writers while they are compete for amazing cash prizes. Also, this gives them a preparatory opportunity for other African poetry competition and those outside the continent.


1st Prize – ₦200,000

2nd Prize – ₦100,000

3rd Prize – ₦50,000

Consolation Prize – ₦25,000 each for 4th and 5th best entrants

28th February, 2021

  • Puchi Award Competition 2021 | £8000 Cash Prize + Publications

Puchi Award Book Prize

Puchi Award competition has announced open to author of books of any genre or form [fiction, non-fictionpoetry, novels, comics, picture books, essays, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type imaginable

Writers who are interested in submitting for the writing competition are invited.

Most especially, poet in Nigeria.

Poetry Contests/ Competition March 2021

  • Call For Entries: The Pontas Literary & JJ Bola Writers Prize 2021 | £1000 grant

Call For Entries: The Pontas Literary & JJ Bola Writers Prize 2021

As a tradition, our readers are mostly accustomed to us giving the best as regards contests and other opportunities for writers. This has always been our goal. To Lend A Voice!

Hence, another exciting opportunity for emerging authors just arrived at our doorstep!
The Pontas Literary & Film Agency and JJ Bola are partnering with the aim of creating a mentoring prize for unagented, unpublished, under-represented writers.

The prize includes a £1000 grant to support the writer, mentorship from JJ Bola and Maria Cardona, and representation from the Pontas Literary & Film Agency.

  •  Amazon KDP Pen To Publish Contest 2021 | $25,000 (#10,000,000) Cash Prize & Mentorship

Amazon KDP Pen To Publish Contest

Here is an opportunity for writers who has an unpublished works to participate in the fourth edition of Amazon KDP Pen to Publish contest to win exciting prizes up to $25,000 (#10,000,000) cash prize and get mentored by the top authors.

Must Read:

KDP Pen to Publish contest is organized to celebrate the exceptional and previously unpublished work among self-published authors, and therefore, recognises literary excellence in different genres in long format and short format categories across English, Hindi and Tamil languages.

Submit to other contests and win amazing cash prizes, publication and many more

Eligibility Requirements For Amazon KDP Pen To Publish Contest 

The Amazon KDP Contest is open to individuals who are the older than or of 18 years of age or the legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry.

The Contest and these Official Rules are void in Mexico, Brazil, Tasmania, Quebec and where prohibited by law and are subject to applicable laws.

Must ReadTwo Poems By Kingsley Alumona
Hence, entrants may not be a national or legal permanent resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria or Region of Crimea.

Entrants may not be members of any guild, union or other organisation that may prohibit them from participating in this contest and that would restrict, require due payment or otherwise have the right to oppose such entrant’s participation in this Contest. 

The Contest is strictly not open to employees or independent contractors, or immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) or those living in the same household of employees or independent contractors of Sponsor, any entity involved in any aspect of the Contest (including funding, judging or administration), and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advisors, or advertising/promotion agencies.

 Poetry Contests/ Competition April 2021

  • The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize | $15,000 Cash Prize & Invitation To An Event

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize has begun accepting entries for its 2021 edition. The prize is often awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2021 – Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization.

The winner of this contest receives a £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place and £2,000 to the third-place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.

Entry Fee : None required

Applications close (Deadline): 1st April 2021

  •  EPOCH Magazine 2020 Call For Submission | $50, $150 Cash Prizes

EPOCH magazine is seeking submission of fiction, poetry, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. Prizes include $50 per poem, $150 per story and publication.

EPOCH magazine is edited by faculty in the Department of English Program in Creative Writing at Cornell University. It appears three times per year: in September, January, and May. 

Submission Deadline For Epoch Magazine Entries

April 25, 2021

  • Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest 

Wergel Flomp Humour poetry contests is a writing contest that has been running for 20 consecutive years, now in its 20th year. 

This writing contest however seeks today's best humor poems. Interested writers are required to submit published or unpublished work and stand a chance to win $3,500 as prizes

Entry Fee: Requires no fee to enter.

Winners Prizes:

First Prize: $2,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
Second Prize: $500
Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
Top 12 entries published online
Submit online
No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux. 

To submit your works to pawners paper for free, check here

Submission Guidelines

Length limit: 250 lines maximum.
No restriction on age of author. 
Authors from all countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions).
The poem you submit for the writing contest should be in English. Inspired gibberish is also accepted (example). 
Please click the button below to submit.
The results of the 20th contest will be announced on August 15, 2021.

Deadline: April 1, 2021

  • Call For Entries: The Guardian and 4th Write Short Story Prize | €1,000 Cash Prize & Publication On The Guardian Website

The Guardian and 4th Write Short Story Prize

The Guardian announces its 4th Estate Short Story Prize, an annual contest which has been dedicated to writers of colors and has been running for five years now.

According to the Guradian, 

as Black Lives Matter protests and the subsequent boom in reading lists and publishers’ statements showed, more than ever, that UK publishing must do more to elevate and celebrate a more diverse range of voices in literature – every year, not just when it is in the news.

Back with a new name, The 4th Write Short Story prize, a call for entries is therefore made to writers to submit their best works for the 2021 edition.

Thus, interested unpublished writers of colours are invited to submit a short story of up to 6,000 words to compete to win a cash prize of €1,000

  • Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2021|Up to $1,000 Cash Prize & Publication

Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2021

 African writers are hereby invited for the Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2021. This Prize will be awarded for the best piece of unpublished short story, either fiction or creative non-fiction.

The prize aims at giving African writers, especially the unpublished a platform on which to showcase their work. Through this platform, more people will have access to their work which will in turn inspire more writing.

Through this Prize, Africans will have an opportunity of not only telling their own stories, but the freedom of telling them, as they are. This is because for a long time, the ‘African Story’ has been told by foreigners, a people who purport to know Africa. They have ended up with a story of Africa, a single story of a hungry, warring, ailing and backward people, a story of a continent full of calamities. This is their new version of the story of the Dark Continent!

This kind of African story is what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns against and calls it ‘The Danger of a Single Story’. She goes on to tell us “That when we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise”. This is the paradise that Kendeka Prize for African Literature aims at regaining.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2021

The winners of this literary contests will be awarded the following cash prizes:

  • First prize : KShs.100,000

  • Second Prize: Kshs 50,000

  • Third Prize: Kshs. 25,000 

  • Submit Your Unpublished Manuscript for the 2021 James Currey Prize for African Literature | £1,000 and an agency offer from World Art Agency.

The James Current prize for African literature 2021 has been announced open for entries from interested writers.

The literary prize, which is administered by World Arts Agency founder Onyeka Nwelue, was established this year. In honor of James Currey, whose work in academic publishing has made considerable impact on African literary culture, the prize is awarded to “the best unpublished work of fiction written in English by any writer, set in Africa or on Africans in Africa or in Diaspora.”

Only novels manuscripts are considered for the prize

  • Boynes Emerging Artist Award 4th Edition 2021 | Over $9,000USD Cash Prize

The organizers of the Boynes Emerging Artist 2021 has announces entry for artists, photography and other visual artists to submit their best work to win a cash prize of over $90,000 USD

The Boynes Emerging Artist Award 4th Edition 2021 | Over  $9,000 USD Cash prizee Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an independent, international artist- run online art competition with a prize pool worth over $90,000+ USD and completely artist-run. We accept all 2D mediums from drawings to paintings to photography, etc. There is no set theme for our competition, we simply require you to submit the best in your portfolio. Our goal is to give artists a platform for their work, and exposure for emerging artists worldwide

 Poetry Contests / Competitions May 2021

  • Call For Entries: The African Writers Awards 2021| $100 Cash Prize & Certificate
The African Writers Awards 2021

The African Writers Awards organizers has released a call for entries to prospective writers to submit their best work for the 2021 edition of the literary contests. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of $100 along with a certificate.
To also enter for the similar contests that awards over $325 to the winners and other runner ups, check HERE.

You can also check our poetry and writing opportunities & contests section for more updates!

About The African Writers Awards

Since 2018, Writers Space Africa in partnership with the African Writers Development Trust, has held the annual African Writers Awards as the highpoint of the African Writers Conference. 

Theme: "The Future of Africa"

 They accept submissions to the following categories:

Poetry (Structured or unstructured)
Creative Non-Fiction (1,500 words maximum)
Drama (6 acts maximum)

A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to each winner along with a certificate

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  • Call For Entries: Submit to the Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction 2021 | $1,750 Cash Prize & Publication

Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction 2021

Writers are invited to submit their works for the 2021 edition of the Nyabola Prize For Science Fiction while they compete for amazing cash prizes.

The Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction is an initiative of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize. It is a special award open to young people aged between 18 and 35, writing science and speculative fiction in Swahili.

The prize is held is named after, and held in partnership with, writer and political analyst, Nanjala Nyabola. It is “designed to promote and popularise a Kiswahili vocabulary for technology and digital rights, in order to empower citizens in Kiswahili-speaking communities to participate in broader conversations on the issues.”
In a press release, the prize administrators expound that the objective of the prize was to 
“inspire boundary breaking creativity in the next generation of fiction writers in Kiswahili, while popularising a lexicon for technology and digital rights in the language.”

Prize For The Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction 2021

Winners will be awarded the following cash prizes 

First Place Winner : $1,000 

Second Place Winner: $500 

Third Place Winner: $250 

Also, the top ten stories will be published in an anthology

  • Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature: 2021 |  $15,000 Cash Prize & Publicatio

For other contests, check HERE
Call for Submissions:

We are pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 6th edition of The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature.  The prize, founded in 2014 by Dr. Lizzy Attree (Short Story Day Africa) and Dr. Mukoma Wa Ngugi (Cornell University), has the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages.

The organizers of the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature announces open the submission for he long awaited prize for writers. Earlier, the prize was suspended due to the covid-19 pandemic and it was reiterated that the submissions sent in during 2020 will be considered for the 2021 Prize.

 The Prize is primarily supported by Mabati Rolling Mills of Kenya (a subsidiary of the Safal Group), The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University, the Africana Studies Center at Cornell University and the Ngugi wa Thiong’o Foundation.

Award Criteria For The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2021

 The prize will be awarded to the best unpublished manuscript or book published within two years of the award year across the categories of fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels. 

Prize For The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2021

The total proposed awards of 15,000 US dollars will be divided as follows:

1st Fiction/Non-Fiction Prize : 5,000 US dollars

1st Poetry Prize : 5,000 US dollars

Runner-up Prize : 2,500 US dollars in any genre

Runner-up Prize 2,500 US dollars in any genre

The winning entries will be considered for publication in Kiswahili by Mkuki na Nyota Publishers (Tanzania), and East African Educational Publishers (Kenya). The winning poetry will be translated to English and published by the Africa Poetry Book Fund. An award ceremony will be held in East Africa with the 4 Prize winning writers in attendance

 Poetry Contests/ Competitions June 2021

  • Call For Entries: The Wakini Kuria Prize for Children’s Literature 2021 | $325 Cash Prize & Certificate
The Wakini Kuria Prize for Children’s Literature 2021

Writers are hereby invited to submit their works for the Wakini Kuria Prize For Children's Literature 2021 in order to contest for a cash prize of over $325 dollars.

About The Award

The Wakini Kuria Prize for Children’s Literature was established in 2019 to honour the memory and legacy of Wakini Kuria who served on the Advisory board of the African Writers Development Trust and as the Chief Editor of Writers Space Africa (WSA) magazine from 2017 until her demise in 2019. The previous winners are Marjorie Moono Simuyuni (Zambia), Madeha Ezekial Malecela  (Tanzania), Blessing Aliyu Tarfa (Nigeria) and Halieo Motanyane (Lesotho).

Wakini was a pillar of support towards the successful hosting of the maiden edition of the African Writers Conference in Abuja, Nigeria in 2018. She also worked tirelessly towards the hosting of the conference in September 2019, in Nairobi Kenya. Her hard work and passion is still seen in all that we do at WSA and AWDT.

Additionally, Wakini was a recipient of the African Writers Award of Merit in 2018 as well as numerous accolades from across Africa. She has inspired several writers across the African continent with her work and was exceptionally talented, kind-hearted, highly spirited, and joyful.

Entry Fee: None required

Prize For The Wakini Kuria Prize for Children’s Literature 2021

For the third edition of the Wakini Kuria Prize, the recipient will receive the following:

First Place: A certificate and cash prize of $150. 

Second Place:  $100 

Third Place: $75

  • Poet In Nigeria Poetically Written Prose Contest

Just like the last concluded contest, which was in 2021, writers from all parts of the world are hereby invited to submit enchanting prose works embellished with poetic devices, in what is being tagged – “POETICALLY WRITTEN PROSE”.

Winners of the aforementioned contest have the opportunity to win the under-listed prizes.

1st Prize ─ ₦50,000
2nd Prize ─ ₦30,000
3rd Prize ─ ₦20,000

August/ September 2021
The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of the most prestigious prizes for a new poem.  The poetry competition is organized by the Australian Book Review. It was named after, Peter Porter, one of the most recognized poets that emerges from Australia.
There's no restriction as to geographical location nor, is there any for age. 

Guidelines & Requirements: The poem must not be more than 70 lines.

The poem must be in English language. It can also be on any theme 

Poems must not have been previously published.

Entries must be submitted online via the Australian Book Review website.

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: Worth $10,000

Deadline: October 4, 2021.

Writers' entries are now being accepted for the Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2021: Now & Then. The theme for the competition has been chosen to mark the end of lockdown and reflect times of positive change. 

In addition to the Val Wood Prize 2021, the Yorkshire Prize 2021 is also going to held.

 The contest is organized annually, with the organizers and the judges receiving overwhelming amounts of submission from writers.

However, according to the organizers, they've decided to celebrate local talents. Thus, the reason for splitting the competition into two in order to allow entries to the category of choice.

 Guidelines & Requirements:
There is no required theme.

Poetry will not be considered for the prizes.

The competition is only open to writers who are above 16 years of age.

Entry Fee: Free.

Prize: £100.and publication.

Deadline: August 28, 2021.

Note: You can still check the various ones listed below as some might have deadline extension


  1. This is lovely to discover. Will start participating in some of these contests. Do notify me of them more. Thanks.

  2. You can get more updates on contest here anytime.
    Just ensure you check the homepage for new ones

  3. This is informative.
    Will certainly keep tabs.

  4. This is amazing. Thanks for the information

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Pawners Paper: Poetry Competitions In Nigeria 2022 — Pawners Paper
Poetry Competitions In Nigeria 2022 — Pawners Paper
A compiled list of poetry competitions in Nigeria 2022. The list is updated regularly once with new poetry contests. Nigeria poetry competitions 2022
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