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LONGLIST: FOLORUNSHO EDITOR’S POETRY PRIZE 2023

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Named after the late Publisher of Nigerian NewsDirect, Dr Samuel Folorunsho Ibiyemi, the Folorunsho Editor’s Poetry Prize follows in the tradition of upholding and supporting poetry in Nigeria through its Poetry Column.

Only poets published in the Poetry Column in the year under consideration are eligible for this prize. That is, poets published during our unsolicited period (Jan – Sept). The two winners will be announced on the last day of the year annually (December 31).

The following poets have been longlisted for the Folorunsho Editor’s Poetry Prize 2023:

  1. Ordinary Utensil by Hassan A. Usman
  2. Lethargy by Adesiyan Oluwapelumi
  3. The Forfeit of Language by Fatihah Quadri Eniola
  4. to cleave a cicada by Emmanuel Mgbabor
  5. Of Lasting Dreams & Memories by Prosper C. Ìféányí
  6. Invisibility by Zaynab Bobi
  7. Self-Portrait as a Poem Forgotten in my Father’s Breast Pocket by Okoronkwo Chisom
  8. Anatomy of Dirge by Osieka Osinimu Alao

The two winners will be announced on the last day of the year annually (December 31), and will win N50,000 each.

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Poetry Column-NND, Arts Lounge, CookingPot Publishing partner on Akachi Chukwuemeka Prize for Literature

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Arts Lounge officially announces the call for submission for The 2024 Akachi Chukwuemeka Prize for Literature, in memory of Nigerian poet, Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Ugwuoke, popularly known as Chukwuemeka Akachi (1998-2019). Poetry Column-NND is a regular sponsor of the prize.

Chukwuemeka Akachi, a literary genius, died on the 13th of May, 2019, after a long time battle with a mental illness. Akachi had, before his death, made numerous, beautiful memories, and robbed off his alluring personality on everyone he came across. He was also the first contributor to Arts Lounge Literary Magazine, sending us his poem entitled ’Chat History’ to be published as soon as our website was launched.

This literary prize, worth 100,000 naira, will be awarded to a single poem by an African writer, that raises awareness about mental health and at the same time demonstrates the transforming power of literature. Winning work will also echo the chances of survival from mental health issues.

Submission Guidelines

  1. The prize is open to Africans living in Africa and the diaspora.
  2. Entries will be accepted from 1st of March-20th of April, 2024.
  3. Send a single poem of no more than 30 lines.
  4. Poem should be well edited, single spaced and in New Times Roman.
  5. The name of the poet should not appear on the document that has the poem.
  6. Entry should be accompanied by a cover letter that has the name, nationality, location and biography of the poet.
  7. Send entry to [email protected] with the subject: Akachi Chukwuemeka Prize.
  8. Questions and inquiries about the prize should be sent to the same email address.
  9. All long-listed entries will be published by Arts Lounge, in a collection to be released on the theme of mental health, later this year.
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POETRY COLUMN-NND

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Poetry Column-NND is open to poetry submissions from Nigerian poets weekly. We publish one poem per week in our newspaper by Nigerian poets & are open to a diversity of voices—established & emerging. Check out our website for older publications to have an idea of what we publish.

We pay a token of N5,000 per poem. Our response time is one week; after which you can send an inquiry mail.
Submission Period: Saturday – Wednesday every week (Entries submitted on Thursday and Friday will remain unread).

GUIDELINES
– Send in one poem not more than 50 lines to [email protected]
– Submit the poem in the body of the mail.
– Send in bio not more than 50 words.
– Twitter and Instagram handles should be listed therein.

Former contributors are to wait a duration of six months from date of publication before submitting new work to the column. This is to promote an equitable spirit. Resources are limited and we want to give others the opportunity to be published too.

Closed Period: From October to December, we do not receive unsolicited poetry submissions but will instead publish works carefully selected by our curators, if possible.

All poets published between January and September are automatically entered into the FOLORUNSHO EDITOR’S POETRY PRIZE for that year.

PS:
While the right to the poem reverts to each poet upon publication, Poetry Column-NND reserves the right to republish each published poem in its annual anthology at the end of each year.

Signed,
Pamilerin Jacob
Curator

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WINNERS: FOLORUNSHO EDITOR’S POETRY PRIZE 2023

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Named after the late Publisher of Nigerian NewsDirect, Dr Samuel Folorunsho Ibiyemi, the Folorunsho Editor’s Poetry Prize follows in the tradition of upholding and supporting poetry in Nigeria through its Poetry Column.

Only poets published in the Poetry Column in the year under consideration are eligible for this prize. That is, poets published during our unsolicited period (Jan – Sept). The two winners will be announced on the last day of the year annually (December 31).

The winners of the Folorunsho Editor’s Poetry Prize 2023 are:

  1. to cleave a cicada by Emmanuel Mgbabor
  2. Invisibility by Zaynab Bobi

The finalists of the Folorunsho Editor’s Poetry Prize 2023 are:

  1. Of Lasting Dreams & Memories by Prosper C. Ìféányí
  2. Ordinary Utensil by Hassan A. Usman

 

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