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Call for entries: Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) 2021


Participants at previous event

Entries have been invited for this year’s Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP).

The sixth edition since it started, submission, which opened on January 15, will close February 28, 2021.

NSPP is an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) aimed at stimulating literary creativity and encouraging critical thinking among Nigerian undergraduates. Since its inception in 2016 at the University of Ibadan, the prize has received over 3,000 entries from students representing over 100 tertiary institutions (including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, schools of nursing and seminary schools).

Reputed as the foremost poetry prize for Nigerian students, the NSPP has awarded over 1.5 million Naira to winning entrants and published 460 poems authored by selected entrants in five anthologies: The Sun Will Rise Again (2016), Mixed History (2017), Deep Dreams (2018), Micah (2019) and The House That Built Me (2020).


Notably, tertiary institutions such as University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu and Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa hosted the NSPP Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively. In 2020, the awards ceremony was hosted solely by PIN at Virginrose Resorts, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Previous grand prize winners of the NSPP include Noah Oladele (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; 2016), Bakre Fadil Adedamola (University of Ibadan; 2017), Godstime Tamunofiri Iberiyenari (Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa; 2018), Ogugua Micah Okoye (Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu; 2019) and Okwubi Godwin Adah (University of Benin; 2020).

Taking note of the deadline, interested Nigerian undergraduates are expected to submit a 30-line poem on any of these themes:
• Individual and Collective Humanity in a Corona-Ravaged World
• Identity: Faces and Phases
• Politics of Retrogression

Aside rewarding the prize winners with a total cash prize of ₦400,000, exceptional entrants will each receive a certificate of excellence and complimentary copy of the NSPP anthology, which features their works.

Open to all Nigerian undergraduates studying in Nigeria and the diaspora, entrants must be from a recognised tertiary institution.


Submissions are to be made at, with strict adherence to the instructions thereon, entrants must give unique titles to their works (Avoid using the wording of the themes as title of your entry), indicate the theme selected beneath your work, poems must be original intellectual property of the entrants and an entrant is entitled to a single entry of 30 lines maximum.

According to the organisers, entries submitted must be previously unpublished. A submission discovered to have defaulted on this rule will be automatically voided.

All entrants are expected to purchase a minimum of one of the five NSPP anthologies uploaded on the submission portal, they said, “under no condition will the judges’ unanimous decisions be challenged and entering for the contest gives PIN automatic right to make use of entries as deemed appropriate and entries must be written in English. Native terminologies must be translated in English, as footnotes while entrants should subscribe to for regular updates.


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