Poetry Competitions In Nigeria 2021 — Pawners Paper

Get a compiled list of poetry competitions in Nigeria in 2021. The list is updated regularly once anew poetry contest is announced available.

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. Writers are not left out in this stance.

Last year, many call for entries and submission by magazines were given out to interested writers 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!

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 poetry or writing contest , we have decided to compile a list of poetry and writing Competitions 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 competition has been announced.

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

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

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


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

  • 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

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 

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Poetry Competitions In Nigeria 2021 — Pawners Paper
Get a compiled list of poetry competitions in Nigeria in 2021. The list is updated regularly once anew poetry contest is announced available.
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