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[NLNG]–The annual Nigerian NLNG Prize for Literature had been declared open.

In a statement released through the promoting company Nigeria LNG’s website, this year’s prize is open for published poetry collections released after Jan 2013.

Only Nigerian writers who have had at least a book published can have an entry submitted. The prize is a winner-takes-it-all whopping sum of $100,000.

Ten copies of the book, including an e-copy (if available) are to be mailed by the publisher or the author himself, to the Nigeria LNG External Relations Division address, which can be found on the website.

Accompanying the entry submission should be an evidence of citizenship, in form of a Nigerian passport or a national identity card photocopy.

Also a requirement is full contact address of the writer sent alongside the submission. Only one work per author, which has not been previously published is allowed in this edition.

Acceptance of entries closes on April 7, 2017.

The judging panel consists of seasoned veterans such as Mr. Tade Ipadeola, Dr. Razinat Mohammed, with Professor Ernest Emenyonu chairing the panel.

The previous edition was won by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, for his book, “Season of Crimson Blossoms”.

The prize has come under fire in recent times, most particularly in 2009 and 2015 during which it refused to award the prize, citing the abysmal quality of the submissions as the justification for not bestowing the honour upon any of the writers who made entries.

According to the website, the backlash got from the two occasions spurred the organisesrs to, “[open the prize] to Nigerians everywhere in the world and the names of the judges, hitherto kept secret, were made public.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature has since grown to be Africa’s most prestigious reward for literary excellence.

It is ranked among the world’s top 100 in prize money.”

Further information can be got on the organisers’ website.

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