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Writing competitions in Nigeria 2022 contains an exclusive and comprehensive list of writing contest and competitions in Nigeria. it features Afro

Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022

Writing competitions in Nigeria 2022 contains an exclusive and comprehensive list of writing contest and competitions in Nigeria. Also, it features ongoing writing Competition in Africa  in 2022 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 2022.

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 2022.

Noteworthy, the list also applies to the writing Competitions in Africa 2022. Any entrants in Africa can as well submit their works to these competitions.

Guides Before Submitting For The Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022/Writing Competition In Africa 2022

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 already outlined.

 tips for you on how to submit for writing competitions in 2022

  • 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 2022, 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.

The writing competitions for 2022 will be updated soon as they are released for submission.

List Of Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022

  • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 January

  • Masters Review Winter Short Story Award 2022
    Welcome to 2021-2022 Masters Review Winter Short Story Award for New Writers, an annual contest that recognizes the best fiction from today’s emerging writers.  Judging this year’s contest is Ye Chun, author of Hao, a collection of stories recently longlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. 
      The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online.
         Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively.
           All winning stories and any notable Honorable Mentions will receive agency review by the following: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company, Heather Schroder from Compass Talent, and Siohban McBride from Carnicelli Literary Management

          Deadline: January 21

          • Lilith Magazine Annual Fiction Competition 2022
          Lilith Magazine has announced the extension of its annual fiction competition. The competition is open to all writers. Also, interested applicants are required to read through and  follow the guidelines before attempting submissions.

          Writers and artists are paid for their work in Lilith, in print and on the blog.

          Deadline extended to January 15, 2022

          • 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

          • Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest 2022

          Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of short fiction.

          The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Our newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers. While your writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions, all story themes are considered.

          Winning stories are announced on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician, and it will reside on the website permanently. Jerry Jazz Musician also nominates writers for the Pushcart Prize.

          In addition to publishing the winning story, with the consent of the author, we frequently publish short-listed stories.

          No entry fee is required. One story entry only. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

          The contest is open to entrants from anywhere in the world (English language only please)

          A prize of $100 will be awarded for the winning story.

          Deadline: January 31, 2022

          • AKO Caine Prize 2022
          Ako Caine Prize 2022

          We are delighted to inform you that the submission window for the 2022 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is now open. We warmly encourage you to submit eligible stories via our online portal.

          Our submissions window for the 2022 Prize will be open from 6th December 2021 and will close on 31st January 2022 at midnight (GMT). Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates. We advise you to subscribe to our mailing list.

          About The AKO Caine Prize 2022

          The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual short story award. The Prize is awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English, whether they reside in Africa or elsewhere.

          The winner is awarded a cash prize of £10,000, and the other four shortlisted writers will receive £500 each.

          Deadline: January 31, 2022

          • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 February
          • Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award 2022

          Since its early days, science fiction has played a unique role in human civilization. It removes the limits of what "is" and shows us a boundless vista of what "might be." Its fearless heroes, spectacular technologies and wondrous futures have inspired many people to make science, technology and space flight a real part of their lives and in doing so, have often transformed these fictions into reality. The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen.

          Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award 2022 Contest Rules

          Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.

          No entry fee. But please only submit one story...your best one!

          No reprints.

          Entries can be from any country.

          Deadline: February 1, 2022

          • Association Of Writers And Writing Programs 2022 Award Series
          The Association of Writers and Writing Program 2022 Award Series has been announced open for writers to submit their best manuscripts in different genres and contest for cash prizes and amazing opportunity of publication.

          Association of Writers and Writing Program 2022

          About the Association of Writers and Writing Program 2022 Award Series
          AWP’s Award Series is an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and it is open to published and unpublished authors alike. 

          The 2022 Award Series conducts an evaluation process of writers for writers by writers. AWP hires a staff of screeners who are themselves writers; the screeners review manuscripts for the judges. Typically, the screeners will select ten manuscripts in each genre for each judge’s final evaluations

          Deadline:  February 28, 2022. 

          • Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2022
           The winners of the competition will be announced on September 24 2022 at the the Story Awards Dinner at the Scottish Art Club, Edinburgh.

          Entry fee is £10 per story.  All proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland. 
          The competition is managed by the Scottish Arts Trust and run entirely by volunteers.

          The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition seeks original, engaging, and entertaining stories on any topic up to 2,000 words. It is open to writers worldwide, published or unpublished, over 16 years. We accept entries from 1 December to 28/2.

          • 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)

          • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 March
          •  Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize 2022

          Graywolf Press is a literary press that publishes about thirty books annually, mostly collections of poetry, memoir, essays, novels, and short stories. Our editors are looking for high quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that combine a distinct voice with a distinct vision.

          A $20,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre. 

          The winning author will also receive a $2,000 stipend intended to support the completion of their project.

          Deadline: Ends on March 1, 2022


          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

          • International Publishers Association's 2022 Prix Voltaire

          The Geneva-based International Publishers Association (IPA) today launches its call for nominations for the 2022 IPA Prix Voltaire for exemplary courage in upholding the Freedom to Publish and enabling others to exercise their freedom of expression.

          Freedom to publish is one of the founding principles of the IPA. Its protection and promotion is one of IPA's key objectives. In many countries, publishers who provide authors with the means to disseminate their written ideas run the same risks as the writers themselves. Their work requires immense courage and a values-based, altruistic commitment. The Freedom to Publish is far from guaranteed around the world, with daily attempts by governments, extremists or private interests to intimidate, attack, imprison and even kill publishers.

          The closing date for nominations is 27 March 2022

          What’s the prize?

          The recipient will receive 10,000 Swiss francs funded by a range of generous sponsors:

          • 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

          • Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award 2022

           The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $2,000 for an emerging writer of color.

          This grant is intended to support the recipient in crime fiction writing and career development activities. The grantee may choose to use the grant for activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats, online courses, and research activities required for completion of the work.

          Deadline: March 31.

          • Restless Books Prize For Immigrant Writing 2022

          The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing was created in 2015 to honor outstanding debut literary works by first-generation immigrants, awarded for fiction and nonfiction in alternating years. The winner receives $10,000 and publication by Restless Books. 

          Submissions for the 2022 Prize in Fiction are open from December 15, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Finalists will be announced in late summer and published in The Common.

          • UNESCO Clubs 2022 Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition

          USFUCA, UNESCO Center for Peace, World Genesis Foundation, and WhizJuniors invite youth around the world to take part in this year’s Multimedia Competition.  Unparalleled connectivity put youth in one of the greatest positions to bring much needed change to the world.

          UNESCO’s mission is to mobilize the optimism of youth to respond to an acute world problem to serve others now. Last year, motivated participants from over 81 countries submitted over 5000 projects in this highly rewarding contest.

          The SDGs 2020 Report makes clear, the world is not on track to achieve the goals by 2030. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, progress had been slow. Six years after the approval of the 2030 Agenda, the average of the SDG Index in the region shows modest advances in the goals set.

          How is your region fairing when it comes to SDGs to date? From your perspective, in your country, what is an issue that is hindering the success of ONE of the SDGs goals?  What would be a real solution you could develop for your community/country to help ensure success by 2030. Make sure you tell us what SDG goal you are focusing on.
          Deadline: March 31, 2022

          • Blurred Genres Flash Contest 2022
          Blurred Genres Flash Contest is announced open for submission. The literary contest is organized by Invisible City Literary Journal. The online journal is also currently open for submission for its Issue 5.

          To submit for the contest, ensure you follow the guidelines.

          Submission Period:
          March 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022
          • First Place – $500
          • Second Place – $200
          • Third Place – $100
          • Publication for Top Five

          • 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. 

          • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 April

          • The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2022

          Applications for the Alphine fellowship writing prize 2022 is announced open. To apply, follow the guidelines below. Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2022 - Freedom. 

          The winner will receive a £10,000 cash prize. 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 symposium.

          Deadline:  1st April 2022

          • 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

          • James Currey Prize For African Literature 2022

          Submission of entries for the 2022 James Currey Prize for African Literature is now open.

          The founder and director of the prize, Onyeka Nwelue, also announced the jury on the 15th of October, 2021 from his Oxford base, where he is currently an Academic Visitor at the African Studies Centre at University of Oxford.

          Nwelue said: “As we announce the jury and calls for submission for next year’s prize, we are delighted to also announce the James Currey Fellowship, in cooperation with African Studies Centre. We are grateful to University of Oxford for this privilege to partner.”

          Ani Kayode Somtochukwu, a Nigerian writer and poet, won the inaugural James Currey Prize for African Literature with his manuscript, And Then He Sang a Lullaby.  He received the cash prize of £1000, an agency representation, a laptop (gifted by the Jury Chair, Sarah Inya-Lawal) and an offer for a book deal.

          Deadline: April 1st, 2022

          • Fountain Essay Contest 2022

          After a long dormancy in this Covid era, our lives seem to be taking off for a fresh start. 

          Vaccination is speeding up, people are mostly cautious in their interactions with less handshakes and kisses, and despite ups and downs in new cases and deaths, signs for “revival” are getting more visible every passing day.

          What does revival mean to you? How do you revive?

          CASH PRIZES

          1st Place - $1,000

          2nd Place - $500

          3rd Place - $300

          Two Honorable Mentions - $150 each

          Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2022

          • Breakbread Project's Villena-Aldama Contest 2022 
          A generous gift from the Villena-Aldama Foundation provides BreakBread Magazine with the opportunity to present the first Villena-Aldama Art & Writing Contest. 

          The contest offers a $250 prize to winners in each genre the magazine publishes: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art/hybrid forms. Winners will be announced in June 2022 with their work featured in the Spring 2023 of the magazine.

          Deadline: Ends on April 1, 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.

          • Shady Grove Literary Flash Fiction Competition

          Shady Grove Literary Flash Fiction Competition is announced open for the year 2022. Interested writers are to follow the guidelines to submit to the Competition. 300 words maximum

          One submission per competition

          •  Bath Short Story Award 2022
          The ninth Bath Short Story Award 2022 is open for entries now and will close on Monday, April 11th at midnight BST. We welcome stories of up to 2200 words on any subject or theme from anywhere in the world. Before entering, please check the rules for more details.

          This year, the competition is judged by novelist, short story writer, playwright and writing teacher, Paul McVeigh who has judged many short story awards. Read our interview with him to find out more about him and what he looks for in a short story.
          The longlist and shortlist for the Bath Short Story Award 2022 is likely to be announced in July 2022 and the winners by August 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

          • Writers Of The Future Contest 2022
          PRIZES EACH QUARTER: $1,000, $750, $500





          Deadline: Not Specified

          • Gotham Writers Workshop Review Submissions
          Gotham Writers Workshop Review

          Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #GWstorieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class.

           Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere. 

          Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to these monthly "themes

          Deadline: Every month.

          • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 May
          • Bristol Short Story Prize 2022
          Welcome to the Bristol Short Story Prize – an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers.

          The 2022 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The closing date is May 4th 2022. 

          The closing date for our 15th competition is midnight (BST), May 4th 2022.

          20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 15 by Tangent Books. The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony in October 2022.

          • Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2022

          Click here to get fast updates on literary contest, news, magazine submission and other available opportunities for writers

          Call for Submissions

          Kendeka Prize for African Literature is accepting entries from 5th March 2022 to 5th May 2022 for its’ 2022 edition. The entry is free. 

          The Prize will be awarded for the best unpublished short story either in fiction or creative non-fiction. 

          The first prize will be Kshs.100,000 while the 2nd and the 3rd shall receive Kshs.50,000 and Kshs.25,000 respectively. 

          All long listed stories shall be published in an anthology titled I Am listening, later in the year

          Deadline: The deadline for submission is mid-night 5th May, 2022.

          • The Bath Novel Award 2022

          Bath Novel Award is one of the bath novel writing prizes that are organized annually, and made open to different writers. The Bath Novel Award 2022, just like the other bath novel writing prize comes with its cash prizes aside other writing opportunities.

          Deadline For Bath Novel Award 2022: Entries for the bath novel award 2022 are invited from: 1st December 2021 to 31st May 2022 

          Prize: $3,000

          •  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

          • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 June
          • International Essay Contest For Young People UNESCO 2022

          This annual UNESCO essay competition 2022 is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

          This program is an activity within the framework of UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs (ESD for 2030).

          Deadline: Entries must be received by June 15, 2022 (23:59 your local time).

          • About Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest 2022

          Each entry must consist of a single sentence, but you may submit as many entries as you wish.

          Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be “original” (as it were) and previously unpublished.

          Due to the volume of submissions, if your entry is missing a name or location it won't be considered. 

          The contest accepts submissions every day of the livelong year, but the deadline for each year's contest is June 30th.

          Winners are announced in late July or early August each year.

          Deadline: The 2021 winners were announced on August 13th.  

          • 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.

          • Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2022

          Before entering the prize, please read the Terms and Conditions carefully. You may enter two manuscripts to the prize (£10 for one entry, £16 for double entry), either in the same or different categories.

           You may complete the form more than once if you wish to submit more than two entries. Subsidised entry is available for those who would otherwise be unable to enter the prize; details of this are below.  

          Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2022 Terms and Conditions 


          1: The competition is open to anyone who has not published or signed a contract to publish a book-length work of fiction, life writing, or poetry, except for self-published works or poetry chapbooks

          Deadline: June 30

          • 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.

          • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 July

          • Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize 2022

          The 2022 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize is now open for submissions. This year’s prize is calling for original creative works written by a woman (or women) that prioritize African women’s experiences. The winner will receive a $500 prize that is awarded by the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association.

          The Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize is named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, the celebrated Ghanaian novelist and short-story writer, and Margaret Snyder the founding Director of UNIFEM.

          Deadline: July 1

          • 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

          • 1729 Book Prize In Prose 2022

          The 1729 Book Prize in Prose, judged by Diane Zinna, is a new award offered by Mason Jar Press with support from The Ivy Bookshop. Mason Jar is a Baltimore-based, nationally- and internationally-focused independent press of accessible, experimental fiction. 

          The Prize seeks challenging, engaging works of fiction and nonfiction, utilizing a patron-based economic model--funded by the Ivy Bookshop—that is free to all. The Ivy is always eager to celebrate and support book culture, and is excited to collaborate with a press that is local in its base, national in its reach, and expansive in its sensibility.

          Submission Guidelines

          We are open for submissions from April 15, 2022 until midnight (PST) July 15, 2022. We're open to most prose genres, though we tend to lean toward semi-experimental works with a strong literary bent. Hybrid works are welcome. While individual pieces may be published elsewhere, all manuscripts must be previously unpublished.


          The winner will receive a $1,000 award, contributor copies, and quarterly profit-sharing. The contract will stipulate all further details.

          • UEA/Willowherb Speculative Nature Writing Call for Essay Proposals 2022
          The Willowherb Review, in collaboration with the University of East Anglia, are offering a mentorship and publishing opportunity for three unpublished writers of colour in the field of nature writing. 

          The authors selected will be supported with online meetings and editorial feedback over the second half of 2022 as they complete an innovative nature writing essay for publication.

           The finished essay will be illustrated and published as an attractive pamphlet by the UEA Publishing Project and launched at a symposium on ‘Decolonising Nature Writing’ in April 2023.

           Authors will receive a 30% share of royalties on the pamphlet and a fee of £150.

          If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please send the following to thewillowherbreview@gmail.com with the subject heading ‘Speculative Nature Writing Application’:

          ·       a pitch for the nature writing essay idea (250 words) 

          ·       a short writing sample (500 words)

          ·       a short paragraph of biographical detail

          Submissions open 15 June–15 July, 23.59 BST

          • The ArabLit Story Prize 2022

          The ArabLit Story Prize is an award for the best short stories, in any genre, newly translated from Arabic into English. Translators must have secured rights to the work, and translations must have been previously unpublished.

          Deadline: July 21, 2022

          Stories will be judged primarily on the quality of the translated work as a thing-in-itself, although translators must also submit the Arabic original, as this must be a translation, not a loose adaptation nor a work written originally in English.

          This year's three judges are Perween Richards, Yasmeen Hanoosh, Dena Afrasiabi

          The prize: $500 to the winner, split between author and translator (except in cases where the work is in the public domain). Shortlisted stories will have the opportunity to be published in ArabLit Quarterly magazine as well as a future anthology


          3 Awards: USD250 each
          Deadline: July 31, 2022

          For the second year running, Singapore Unbound, a NYC-based literary non-profit, will be giving out three awards of USD250.00 each for the best three undergraduate critical essays on topics in Singapore and other literatures. The purpose of these awards is to encourage the teaching and study of Singapore literature at college level and the cultivation of general appreciation for the character and achievements of Singapore literature.

          Generously funded again by Professor Koh Tai Ann (NTU, Singapore), three awards will be given to written works of literary criticism that illuminate their chosen topics for the general reader. The award-winning essays will be published on Singapore Unbound’s journal SUSPECT and, possibly, in a professional journal.

          For the purpose of these awards, Singapore literature is defined as literature written in English from 1965 onwards by a Singaporean citizen, permanent resident, or anyone with a strong personal and literary association with Singapore. The author does not have to be residing in Singapore nor to have maintained their citizenship. The work(s) discussed may be in any of the literary genres, including but not limited to poetry, fiction, literary non-fiction, drama, and graphic novels. In future iterations of the awards, we hope to include Singapore literature written in other languages besides English.

          The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2022, and the awards will be announced in September 2022.

          • 2023 Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction
          The Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction is open to writers worldwide. It offers prizes of £2,000, £300 and £150, and the special Golden Hare Award of £500 for the top story by a writer resident in Scotland.

          The flash fiction competition is open for entries from 1 June to 31 August (deadline for free entry applicants 31 July).  

          • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 August

          • Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2022
          In collaboration with Something for Everybody Ventures (SFEV), Words Rhymes & Rhythm and Authorpedia Publishers cordially invite Nigerian poets and lovers of literature residing anywhere in the world to submit poems for the 10th annual Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize, EOPP 2022.

          This year’s EOPP is looking for well-written poems that explore the subthemes of Unity, Truth, Justice, and Change within society, with a focus on Nigeria and its people, cultures, experiences, hopes, and aspirations.


          Nigerians residents in any part of the world are eligible.

          Prizes For The Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2022

          First Prize – ₦50,000 cash and books by Eriata Oribhabor

          First Runner-up –  ₦30,000 cash and books by Eriata Oribhabor

          Second Runner-up  – ₦20,000 cash and books by Eriata Oribhabor


          Submissions open until 11:59 PM SUNDAY 7th AUGUST, 2022

          • 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

          • University Of New Orleans Competition 2022

          We are looking for the best unpublished novel or short story collection. The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans seeks to bring innovative publicity and broad distribution to authors. 

          We collect submissions from March 1 to August 31, deciding on 15-20 finalists. The finalists are read by students from The Publishing Laboratory in the fall, and one is chosen for publication.

          Please submit your entire manuscript via Submittable. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with The University of New Orleans Press.

           The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no restriction on subjects covered. The contest is open to all authors from around the world, regardless of publishing history.  Works of fiction (novels and short story collections) only. Submission fee: $28.00.

          • 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.

          • Writing 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

          • Ankara Circle Fiction Competition 2022
          Ankara Circle is inviting submissions for its inaugural writing contest. The winner stands a chance to win amazing cash prize. To enter or submit for the contest, read through the submission guidelines below.

          About Ankara Circle

          Ankara Circle is a team with an obsession for reading and writing exciting stories where magical things happen. We started Ankara Circle to share amazing stories from all over the world.

          Join Ankara Circle's inaugural writing contest to establish a community for writing talent all over the world.

          Submissions will be accepted till September 15th.

          Prize: The grand prize is $1000 cash.

          • Women's Fiction Competition 2022

             1st Prize:

          19 September 2022

          Diana Evans

          Entry fee:

          This competition is for unpublished complete short fiction of up to 3,000 words, in any genre, for adult and/or young adult readers. 


          The winner will receive £3,000.

          Three additional finalists will each receive £100.

          The winning entry and three finalists will be published in the December 2022 edition of Mslexia.

          The winning entry, three finalists and eight additional shortlisted stories will also appear in Mslexia’s ebook anthology, Best Women’s Short Fiction 2022, published in December 2022.


          The deadline for all entries is 23.59GMT, 19 September 2022

          • About The SpringNG Women Authors Prize 2022

          Application for the 2022 SprinNG Women Authors Prize will open on July 1, 2022.

          The SprinNG Women Authors Prize (#SWAPng) ​will select a Nigerian Female Author annually - someone who has published a full-length book in print and invest N200,000 in purchasing, distributing, and marketing print copies of her book nationwide through our independent book reviewers, sister literary websites and events whom we collaborate with. 

          We are simply looking for female Nigerian authors who have published excellent books that deserve to be promoted and supported. Only one Nigerian female author will be selected annually for this prize. However, we will use the opportunity to promote other select authors through interviews, book reviews, newsletter promotions, and collaborations to increase their visibility in the Nigerian literary sphere.

          September 30: Applications for the SprinNG Women Authors Prize closes

          • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 October
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          • Writing Competitions In Nigeria 2022 December


          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.

          • VAL WOOD & YORKSHIRE PRIZE 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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