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Writing competitions in Nigeria 2021 contains an exclusive and comprehensive list of writing contest and competitions in Nigeria. it features Afro

Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2021: Sneak Peak

Writing competitions in Nigeria 2021 contains an exclusive and comprehensive list of writing contest and competitions in Nigeria. Also, it features ongoing writing Competition in Africa  in 2021 and the world at large, each depending on the criteria prescribed by the organizers of the writing competitions.

Being a writer is quite a lovely hobby most people get involved in. While most people often take it as mere hobby to while away time, it can also serve as a source of income. Hence, the need for the writing competitions in Nigeria 2021.

We decided to compile a list of opportunities available for writers and poets ranging from calls for submissions, contests, spoken words available writers. To prevent unnecessary stress while searching for the writing contests which might be a bit hard, we have decided to relieve you of such stress with this compiled list of ongoing writing competitions in Nigeria 2021.

Most of them are ongoing writing contest.

The list will increase with time with necessary update as soon as new writing contests keep popping in for the year 2021.

Guides Before Submitting For The Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2021

When you are submitting to a writing contest, it might seem quick and simple with little process involved. At the same time, it might be disadvantageous to the prospective applicants for the writing contest if some things are not taken into consideration before submitting.

Hence, things to consider while submitting for writing competitions in Nigeria 2021— We have some

 tips for you on how to submit for writing competitions in 2021

  • Ensure you read the submission guidelines before submitting for the writing contests
  • Ensure you are conversant with what the organizers of the writing contests want. You can do this by checking the works that won the previous contests.
  • Ensure you meet the submission deadline for the writing contest. One mistake most writers make while submitting for contests in 2021, is omitting the date the submission closed or not paying close attention to it.
  • Eligibility requirement for the contests. Checks if there's one provided for in the contest.
  • And lastly, take a deep breath and submit your entries after proper checks for possible errors.


August/ September 2021

1:   Button Poetry Contest 2021

Button poetry contest is a writing contest organized by Button poetry, an online magazine geared and  committed to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion and fundraising for performance poetry.

Button Poetry produces and distributes poetry media, including: video from local and national events, chapbooks, collaborative audio recordings, scholarship and criticism, and many other products.

The annual Button poetry contest was announced open for "Button Poetry Video Contest" and "Button Poetry Chapbook Contest"

According to Button Poetry,

There are so many ways to record and present poetry, and we want to continue giving people around the world the chance to step up on the digital stage and share their work.
We are looking for brave work that crosses borders or effaces them completely, work that enters seearger social conversations, work that lives in the world, work with a strong, unique voice and palpable energy.

Prize: More than $500 Cash Prizes and other benefits

2- Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021 : Submit Your Work For $5000 Cash Prize And More

Aesthetica Magazine has released its interest in looking for the best new writing talent by organizing Creative Writing Award ; a poetry contest and fiction contest.

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

About The Aesthetica Magazine Creative writing award 2021
Since the establishment of the poetry contest 15 years ago, the Creative Writing Award has provided a platform for poets and authors across the globe to showcase their work through publication, prize money and exposure.

Genre: Poetry and Fiction

3—Submit To Annual Diode Editions Book And Chapbook Contests For More Than $900 Cash Prize| Poetry & Writing Contest 2021

Full-Length Book Contest & Chapbook Prize

For The Poetry Contest 2021 edition of the annual Diode writing contest, announcement has been made for writers and authors. They are to submit their works in contest for a cash prize worth more than $900.

The writing Competititon is open to all poets, although with specific age restriction.

The annual Diode Editions Book & Chapbook Contests are now open through August 15th, 2021. The contests are open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English.

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4—Submit Your Poem To This Poetry Contest 2021 : Briefly Write Poetry Prize 

Poetry contest 2021

The Briefly Write Poetry Prize announces submission window open for this poetry contest 2021. The poem competition was organized purposely to celebrate and reward bold, succinct writing.

What They Want For The Poetry Contest 2021 Edition
 They want well-crafted poems up to 10 lines. We want innovative language, strong imagery and a subtle, focused composition.

Hence, interested poets are implored to send their best work.

Cash Prize: $50


Poetry Contest Alert: The Write Bloody UK has announced the window for submission open for poets to submit their collection of works for publication.

 They are accepting submissions from talented poets from the UK who are looking to publish and perform poetry. 

In this poetry contest, successful candidates will have the opportunity to publish a full-length manuscript for full distribution and a 50% royalty rate after first 500 copies sold. 

Write Bloody requires that all authors be willing and able to tour with their poetry upon publication, at least 20 readings the first year of the release of their book. 

You can do 20 readings in your home town, or hit the road throughout the UK. Your book will be coming out in 2022.

6—Palette Poetry Prize

Palette Poetry has announced a poetry contest for the 2021 edition of Palette Poetry Prize. Writers are invited to submit their works in contest for cash prizes

According to the organizers:

We are thrilled to offer the Palette Poetry Prize for 2021: $4000 and publication! We are seeking one excellent poem that speaks to what poetry is and can be for our world today. Send us your incandescent heart on the page. The winner will be selected by our guest judge, the 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winner Jericho Brown.

Palette's editors will choose ten finalists and any honorable mentions that warrant extra attention. 

Cash Prize: $4000


Frontier Poetry Contest For New Poets

Frontier poetry contest

Frontier Poetry has announced a poetry contest titled " Frontier Award for New Poets". The Frontier Poetry Contest is for authors with no more than one full length collection at the time of submission.

A distinguished panel of emerging poets will guest judge the Frontier Poetry Contest: Mai Der Vang, AndrΓ©s Cerpa, and Rosebud Ben-Oni. 

"BrokenA Poem By Francis Madagwa

For the selections: Frontier Poetry staff will select the top ten submissions, and the winning poem and honorable mentions will be selected by the panel of judges, to be announced in the winter.

Prizes For The Frontier Award For New Poets

For this frontier poetry contest, the winner and the runner ups will be awarded the following cash prizes:

The winning poet will be awarded $3000 and publication on Frontier Poetry. 

Second and third place will win $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication.

 The top ten finalists will also be recognized

8—Ake Festival

Ake Festival is an annual literary festival organized and sponsored by Book Buzz Foundation with objectives spanning across literacy expansion among children and the promotion of Literature in particular. The festival features numerous areas of art, such as, music, writing and artists

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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.


The Hidden Beast Award is a scriptwriting and development contest which involves the production of short film script in collaboration with Gentle Beasts. 

Guidelines & Requirements:

1 submission, plus a biography not exceeding 150 words, per candidate.

Entrants must be 17 years and above. Must alos be a UK resident.

Script submissions must be no longer than 15 pages. 

It is a short film award for shorts with a 10-15 minute run time.

Entry Fee: Free

Prize: Development, Production & screening of winning script worth £4000.

Deadline: August 20, 2021.


Writers are asked to create original flash fiction on the theme of ‘Genius'. 

Guidelines & Requirements:

Maximum submission of three pieces may be entered for consideration. Maximum word count is 400.

They are seeking fun prose from astute angles.
 They are  looking for astounding objectivity, clever perspectives and a keen sense of awareness in a fun flash.

All works must be in English language.

Entry Fee: £6

Prize: more than $800 and publication.

Deadline: August 30, 2021.


The TCK Publishing Short Story Contest is an international short story contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her short story on the TCK Publishing website.

Guidelines & Requirements:

Max word count is 3,000.

Entry Fee: $12

Prize: : $1,000 and publication.

Deadline: August 31, 2021.


The NAWG Open Short Story and Poetry Competition is now open to everyone for interested writers to submit their works. 
Categories are Short Story and Poetry. 

Guidelines & Requirements:

Short story: 500-200 words max word count.

 Poetry: 40 lines maximum.

Entry Fee: $5

Prize:  more than $200

Deadline: August 31, 2021.

October 2021 

  • The Writer 2021 Short Story Contest | 100 Word Contest

The writer has announced the submission for its Short Story Contest open for writers. Writers are to read the submission guidelines and follow it strictly to avoid disqualification.

The submission guidelines for the writer short story contest is prescribed in PDF format. Interested writers can download the guidelines on the website.

A link for the download is under the post

Deadline: October 5, 2021

November 2021 

  • The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is one of the most anticipated literary contests in the Commonwealth countries, most especially in Africa. The literary contest has been reputed for its contribution to support writers' works and the ability to give wide publicity based on its large audience.

Surprisingly, the literary contest has been ongoing for ten years now.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022 is now announced open for writers to submit their best work inorder to contest for a cash prize worth more than $5,000.

Deadline : November 1, 2021.


  • Werge Flomp Poetry Contest 2021

Entry fee: none required.

Submit ONE humor poem

Deadline: April 2022

Prize: more than $2000 cash prize and other benefits.

  • Palette Poetry's Love And Eros Prize 2021

Entry fee: $20

No restrictions in respect of age.

Cash prize: more than $3,000 fo the winners and the runners ups.

Deadline: April 2022



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