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Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023

The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023 is currently open for submissions. This year 2023 Nigeria Prize For Literature competition genere is Drama.

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Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023

The year 2023 Nigeria Prize for Literature is currently open for submissions . The yearly literary prize is endowed by Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited to honour the author of the best book by a Nigerian.

The prize rotates among four literary genres – prose fiction, poetry, drama and childrens literature. This year, the competition is for Drama. The competition is open only to published works by Nigerian writers irrespective of place of residence. It carries a reward of $100,000.

About The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023

The Nigeria Prize for Literature is a registered charity. The secretariat for the administration of the Prize is also located within Nigeria LNG Limited.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature, known for its transparent assessment process, has recorded over 2,051 entries for 17 competitions that have so far produced 17 winning works since its commencement on February 2004.

With The Nigeria Prize for Literature, it is expected that the quest for a prestigious prize will improve the quality of writing, editing, proof-reading, and publishing in the country with far-reaching positive effect on print, broadcast journalism, film and theatre production.

The competition runs a four-year cycle that revolves around Prose Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Children’s Literature in that order. In 2019, the focus was Children’s Literature and the winner was Boom Boom by Jude Idada.

The 2020 cycle is on prose fiction but its administration was stalled due to the negative impact of COVID-19 which swept round the whole world. It was consequently carried over to 2021.

The Prize is administered by an Advisory Board set up by Nigeria LNG Limited. The current Advisory Board for Literature is headed by Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, a renowned academic and former Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, and a man of unimpeachable integrity. Other members of the Board are Prof. Ben Elugbe, former President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and the West-African Linguistic Society, and Prof. Jerry Agada, former Minister of State for Education of the Federal republic of Nigeria, former president of the Association of Nigerian Authors, and the Vice-Chairman of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko, Benue State of Nigeria.

Winners are announced in October, commemorating the first export of LNG cargo by NLNG on October 9, 1999. Winners are honoured at The Grand Award Night, a grade A public ceremony, attended by the la crème of the Nigerian society, including former Heads of State. Winners are subsequently honoured and publicly presented at another public presentation ceremony.

Implementation of The Nigeria Prize for Literature 2023

  1. The implementation of the Prize is the responsibility of the Advisory Board, supported by the secretariat provided by NLNG.
  2. Only entries published in the year of the competition or in the three years before then are considered.

 Panel of Judges & Advisory Board For Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023

Panel of Judges
A Panel of Judges has been appointed for The Nigeria Prize for Literature by the Advisory Board for Literature. The appointment of judges has been done to reflect the genre in competition for the year.

Persons appointed as judges have wide experience, peer recognition, good public image and command respect nationally and internationally

The judges for the Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023 are:

  • Professor Ameh Dennis Akoh as Chairman
  • Dr. Rasheedah Liman and Prof. Osita Catherine Ezenwanebe as members

Prof. Victor K Yankah as International Consultant.

Advisory Board
  • Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezelgbo, FNAL FESN as Chairman
  •  Professor Olu Obafemi, FNAL, NNOM and Professor Ahmed Yerima, FNAL, FSONTA as Members
The outcome of the process as approved by the Advisory Board shall be final.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature 2023 Key Dates.

The deadline for the submission of all entries must be in by 31st of March, 2023. Late entries will not be considered.

The winner(s) of the Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023, if any, will be announced and presented in October 2023.

Eligibility Requirement For The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023

The competition is open to only Nigerian writers irrespective of their place of residence.

Submission Guidelines For The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023

All applicants must submit their entries accompanied by an application form obtainable online from The Nigeria Prizes website, www.thenigeriaprizes.org. Completed forms must be printed and submitted along with the entries. Go to www.thenigeriaprizes.org for more details on submission.

Twelve (12) copies of entry and an e-copy. with evidence of Nigerian citizenship (photocopy of Nigerian passport or National Identity Card), may be submitted either by author or publisher. Books should be submitted to Nigeria LNG Limited's External Relations Division, promoters of the prize, by the stipulated deadline.

No book published before 2020 will be accepted.

An author will enter only one published work. Unpublished work will not be considered. No book previously submitted for this competition may be re-submitted at a later date, even if major revisions have been made or a new edition published. The prize will be awarded for no other reason than excellence.

No member of the Advisory Board or Panel of Judges can enter their work(s) for the award in the period in which they are serving and two years thereafter. No entries will be accepted from staff of Nigeria LNG and their families.

Failure to meet all stated conditions above will lead to disqualification of the entry.


Nigeria Prize For Literature
External Relations Division, Nigeria LNG Limited Corporate Head Office NLNG Road, Easter By-Pass Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeris


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Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023
The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2023 is currently open for submissions. This year 2023 Nigeria Prize For Literature competition genere is Drama.
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