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Nigerian Students Poetry Prize for Undergraduates, 2019 | ₦300,000 Prizes



Nigerian Students Poetry Prize Invitation: Entries are being invited from Nigerian undergraduates studying in Nigeria and the diaspora for the 2019 edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP). 

Nigerian Students Poetry Prize Details and FAQs

Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (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).

When is the deadline for submission?

The deadline for submission of entries is 15th March, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize:

  • Open to all Nigerian undergraduates studying in Nigeria and the diaspora.
  • Entrants must be from a recognized tertiary institution.

Prizes to be Won:

  • 1st Prize – ₦150,000
  • 2nd Prize – ₦100,000
  • 3rd Prize – ₦50,000 

Aside rewarding the prize winners (top three entrants) with a total cash prize of ₦300,000, the top 100 entrants will each receive a certificate of excellence and complimentary copy of the NSPP anthology which features their works. 

How to Submit Entries for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP)

  1. Submissions are to be made at nspp.poetsinnigeria.org.ng , with strict adherence to the instructions thereon.
  2. Poems must be original, intellectual property of the entrants.
  3. An entrant is entitled to a single entry of 30 lines maximum.
  4. There are no fixed themes. Entrants can write on any relevant theme.
  5. Entries submitted must be previously unpublished. A submission discovered to have defaulted on this rule will be automatically voided (inclusive of winners).
  6. All entrants are expected to purchase a minimum of one of the three NSPP anthologies uploaded on the submission portal.
  7. Under no condition will the judges’ decision be challenged.
  8. Entering for the contest gives PIN automatic right to make use of entries as deemed appropriate.
  9. Entries must be written in English. Native terminologies must be translated in English as footnotes.
  10. Entrants should subscribe to www.poetsinnigeria.org.ng for regular updates.

Application Webpage

Official Webpage


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