Archive for February, 2012

Entries are hereby invited for The Nigeria Prize for Literature. The yearly literary prize is endowed by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) to honour the author of the best book by a Nigerian within the last four years.
The prize will rotate amongst four literary genres – prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature. This year, the competition is for Prose Fiction.

The competition is open only to published works by Nigerian writers irrespective of place of residence. It carries a prize of $100,000. Two other writers may also be accorded honourable mention.

Submission Procedure
Six copies of the entry together with evidence of Nigerian citizenship (photocopy of Nigerian passport or National Identity Card) may be submitted either by authors or publishers, in accordance with the genre in competition.

Books should be submitted to Nigeria LNG Limited’s External Relations Division, promoters of the prize, by the stipulated deadline. Failure to meet the stated conditions will lead to disqualification of the entry.
This being an annual prize, the date of publication on the works submitted must be within the previous three years. Complete contact information, including full postal address and/or email and evidence of Nigerian citizenship, should accompany each submission.

An author in any competition will enter only one published work. Manuscripts will not be considered. No book previously submitted for this competition may be resubmitted at a later date, even if major revisions have been made or a new edition published.

The prize will be awarded for no other reason than excellence.

Judges for 2012 competition
Prof. Abiola Irele – Chairperson
Prof. JOJ Nwachukwu-Agbada – Member
Prof. Sophia Ogwude – Member
Prof. Angela Miri – Member
Prof. Oyeniyi Okuneye – Member
Calendar for Prize Administration
Close of entries (deadline) – March 31, 2012. Late entries will not be entertained.

All entries should be sent to:
The Nigeria Prize for Literature
External Relations Division
Nigeria LNG Limited
Intels Aba Road Estate
KM 16 Aba Expressway
Port Harcourt, Rivers State

For entries outside Nigeria:
The Nigeria Prize for Literature
External Relations Division
Heron House,
Click here to download the PDF document

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The first phase of the New African Writing initiative is almost over, with fifteen of the best entries selected for review. We now announce the start of the second phase, and for writers who did not get a chance to submit the first time, this is another opportunity. Kachifo Limited and ABC Literary Cafe once again call on emerging African writers to send in their submissions.

The submission instructions are same as before. Send in your short stories of not more than 5,000 words to shortstories@kachifo.com, and include your name, email address and phone number. Please note that nonfiction entries and stories over 5,000 words will not be considered. Also, writers are not allowed to send in more than one entry; where they do, we will accept the first and disregard any others. The deadline for this phase is midnight on the 19th of February. From the entries submitted in this second phase, another fifteen of the best will be selected and critiqued by our panel of esteemed writers. Writers who sent in submissions for the first phase are free to participate again, provided they send in a different entry.

New African Writing is aimed at promoting and showcasing new writing out of Africa, and as part of this initiative, Doreen Baingana will be hosting a session at The Life House on February 17, where she will talk about writing and give writing tips and lessons for emerging writers, read from her work and answer questions from the audience. Doreen won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the AWP Award in Short Fiction for her book, Tropical Fish. She was also a two-time finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing.



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Farafina Books

Hello, everyone. We are glad to announce the fifteen short stories selected for the first phase of the New African Writing contest. They are, in no particular order:

Across the Third Mainland Bridge by Aaron Akinyemi
Kissing Susan by Bankole Oluwole
Chief Bridesmaid by Nkem Awachie
Widows’ Close by Funke Ogundimu
Three Birds and a Nest by Timendu Aghahowa
The Unyielding Sacrifice by Adaeze Osuizugbe
The Governor’s Visit by Saratu Morolayo
Fifty Years of Sweet Memories by Kechika Nomu
The Boy with the Broken Teeth by Bode Asiyanbi
Springboard from the Past by Remi-Roy Oyeyemi
Of Lemons and Lemonade by Aderonke Taiwo
Once Upon a Rapping Shotgun by Akpoveta Valentine
Slingshot by S.A. Sabo
A Miracle Scorned by Banjo Bankole-Sijuade
Ajebutter Dilemma by Adebayo Adegbembo

Congratulations to the writers, and thanks to everyone who sent in their stories. The selected entries will be critiqued by our esteemed panel and, pending further review, stand the chance of being published in our e-book collection…

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March 1, 2012-December 31, 2012

Advocates for Youth is recruiting six youth bloggers from the Global South to report on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues from March 1, 2012-December 31, 2012.

If you would like to apply and are a young person between the ages of 18 and 24 and live in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, or Asia, please submit your application by Wednesday, February 15, 2012, to Lauren@advocatesforyouth.org.

To apply, you must:

  • have an interest in youth global sexual and reproductive health and rights issues
  • have an understanding of the intersection between sexual and reproductive health and rights, environmental sustainability and/or sustainable development
  • be able to commit to reporting by posting blogs throughout the year
  • have strong writing skills
  • have experience studying or working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth development, and/or journalism
  • be available to travel to at least one international conference (costs will be covered by Advocates) during the year
  • have reliable internet connection with the ability to respond to emails promptly and regularly
  • be able to write 3 blog posts addressing global youth sexual and reproductive health and rights issues each month. One of the three monthly blog posts must relate to the connection between sexual and reproductive health and the environment.

Applicants will be notified about whether they have been selected by Friday, February 24, 2012. The six youth writers will participate in a webinar hosted by Advocates for Youth, focused on blogging skills, new media, and youth global sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. During the term of the contract, the youth bloggers will post at least three blogs per month. In addition, the youth bloggers may potentially travel to an international conference in order to report daily on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Advocates for Youth will cover travel to designated conferences and visa fees, in addition to lodging, and meals during the conferences. Advocates will also provide writers with a stipend of US$50.00 per month.

Download the Application!

Follow the link below for more information.


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Today, I called a mature man an ignorant bastard. A man old enough to father me. What a shame, to be that old and still be an ignorant bastard. But that happens somewhere near the end of the story…

via Learner’s Permit- by Nkem Awachie.

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Society Of Young Nigerian Writers  in collaboration with African Heritage Research Library And Cultural Centre

For Writers using Yoruba Language to write between the ages of 15 and 40.
The competition is organized by the Society to rekindle the interest of Young Writers writing in Yoruba language in Nigeria. Also to motivate and encourage writing in indigenous languages among young Nigerian Writers. The competition promises to be an exciting display of Yoruba Culture, Traditions, Norms and Values.

Prizes to be won include

  • Fagunwa Prize for Prose Writing – 20,000
  • Prof. Akinwunmi Ishola Prize for Drama – 20,000
  • Tunbosun Oladapo Prize Poetry – 10,000
  • Dr. Adebayo Faleti Prize for Drama – 20,000
  • Elder Supo Kosemani Prize for Poetry – 10,000

Conditions of entry
1. The competition is opened to anyone aged 15-40

2. Works should be in Yoruba Language, unpublished and not currently submitted or accepted  for future  publication

3. They must not previously have been awarded a prize in any competition normay be simultaneously entered for any competition other than this one.

4. Works must be your own original work.

5. Works must be on a separate sheet of A4 size, which must not bear your name, class, age and school.

6. No entry form is required but on a separate sheet of A4 you should show your name, address, title of the work submitted  and please tell us where you heard about the competition.

7. Entry should be sent to the following e-mail:     societyofyoungnigerianwriters@gmail.com. The closing date is 1st of March, 2012, as results will be sent out in April 1st, 2012.

8. The Judge’s decision will be final; no correspondence can be entered into

10. Unfortunately, submitted works cannot be returned so remember to keep a copy.

Wole Adedoyin
National President




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My Heart Beats

My heart beats for you but I’ve asked it to be still

Heart, don’t you know that love can kill?

Unrequited love can make you ill

Make you do stupid things against your will

My heart beats for you, your smile, your laugh

Your honey-brown eyes and your poise.

Heart, please, stop that noise!

We had an agreement- no more boys


My heart beats for you, it skips, it flutters

But I’m locking it in and closing the shutters

Shutting my ears from the endearments you utter

Sweet-sounding words might end up bitter

My heart beats for you but I’ve begged it stop

Lest you bleed it to the last single drop

My heart beats for you and I’ve begged it to stop

But it won’t listen.

It beats…my heart…for you.

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