[Nigeria]–The 2017 edition of the annual Korea-Nigeria Poetry Prize is currently open for submissions.
Titled “State of the Nation”, the seventh edition focuses on poems which capture the mood of the socio-political realities of national communities all over the world. The poems are expected to tackle nepotism, patriotism, terrorism, politicking, corruption, tyranny and such ilk.
It is organised by Arojah Concept in conjunction with Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria (KCCN).
Submission is open to poets all around the world. Each submission is a maximum of three unpublished poems, in conformity with the theme, submitted as Microsoft Word as an attachment or in the body of the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject tag, “KNPF 207 SUBMISSION”.
The deadline, fast approaching, is February 28.
On March 10, 2017, a shortlist of 10 poems will be announced by a three-man judging panel. All shortlisted poets will receive certificates of merit during the 7th Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast in Abuja on March 10, 2017, during which the winner is to be announced.
The winner gets a sum of #100,000. The shortlisted poems will be performed by the Arojah Royal Theatre during the feast, as part of the World Poetry Day celebration.
Nigerian Echezonachukwu Nduka won the 2016 edition with his poem, “Listen”. Other poets who have benefited from the fame brought about by the competition include Ayoola Goodness, Ajise Vincent.
First introduced to Mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and Nigeria and the opening o the Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria, the feast is an attempt to strength the cultural bond between both countries.
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