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Students Poetry Prize, open for entries

Prof. Christian Anieke with NSPP 2018 winner, Godstime Iberiyenari

The fourth edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) has opened for submissions. Interested Nigerian undergraduates are expected to submit a poem, 30 lines maximum, on any theme of their choice.

Winners will receive prizes as follows: First prize is N150,000, second N100,000 and third N50,000. The top hundred entrants will each receive a certificate of excellence and complimentary copy of the NSPP anthology which features their works.

NSPP is an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) aimed at stimulating literary creativity, promoting literary excellence and encouraging critical thinking among Nigerian undergraduates. Since inception in 2016 at the University of Ibadan, the prize has received over 1500 entries from students representing over 100 tertiary institutions (including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, schools of nursing and seminary schools).

It has been hosted by institutions such as University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2017) and Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu (2018). As host of the fourth edition of the prize, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa, will be the venue for the NSPP awards ceremony slated for mid-2019.

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Previous grand prize winners of the prize include Noah Oladele (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; 2016), Bakre Fadil Adedamola (University of Ibadan; 2017) and Godstime Tamunofiri Iberiyenari (Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa; 2018).

Denja Abdullahi (President, Association of Nigerian Authors), Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo (Joint Winner of The Nigeria Prize for Literature; 2007) and Ismail Bala (literary critic and lecturer, Bayero University, Kano) chaired the judging panel for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of the prize respectively.

Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019.

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