[PIN]–The Nigerian Students Poetry Prize is officially open for entries for its second edition. The prizes are 100,000 naira, 60,000 naira and 40,000 naira for the first, second and third placed-poems respectively.
The announcement was made by moderator of Poets in Nigeria (PIN), Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom, through the platform’s website on Feb 15.
According to the announcement, the prize was created for the celebration of the inner literary creativity of Nigerian students. The contest is administered by PIN, a multimedia organisation which champions the cause of Nigerian poetry. As self-described., “Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) is an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) designed to stimulate creativity, promote literary excellence and broaden the concept of intellectualism among Nigerian undergraduates in Nigeria and the Diaspora. Unarguably the nation’s foremost poetry platform for students, the maiden edition of the prize was inaugurated in 2016 and received 320 entries from 64 tertiary institutions.”
The previous and first edition was won by Noah Oladele, with his optimistic poem, “The Sun Shall Rise Again”, with Chinelo Nwagum and Chisom Okafor as runners up. In 2017, neary a year later, an anthology of the top 100 submissions was released, currently purchasable on Amazon and Okada Books.
Only Nigerians enrolled in academic programs in recognised tertiary institutions are eligible for submission. There is no thematic or word-count limit to the poems. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017.
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