Nigerian Student Poetry Prize 2022: Organizers call for entries

Nigerian Students Poetry Prize, an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN)accepting registrations for the 2022 edition.

The Nigerian Student Poetry Prize, which aims to stimulate literary creativity and encourage critical thinking, invites Nigerian undergraduate students studying in Nigeria and international tertiary institutions to submit their applications for consideration.

The seventh edition of the Nigerian Student Poetry Prize (NSPP) is open for submissions between January 15 and March 7, 2022.

Interested Nigerian undergraduates must submit a 30-line poem on a theme of their choice.

A participant is entitled to only one entry of 30 lines maximum, which must be unpublished and written in English. Native terminologies must be translated into English in the form of footnotes.

The organizers say any submission found to have broken this rule will be automatically void.

All entrants must purchase at least one of the six NSPP anthologies uploaded to the submission portal between May 1, 2021 and April 31, 2022 (last day for submission).

Submissions should be made to, strictly adhering to the instructions given there.

Entrants must write on any topic of their choice while keeping in mind its topicality, just as the poems must be the original intellectual property of the entrants.


In addition to rewarding the winners with a total cash prize of ₦500,000, outstanding entrants will each receive a Certificate of Excellence and a free copy of the NSPP anthology, which features their works.

The statement read: ”First Prize – ₦200,000, Second Prize – ₦150,000, Third Prize – ₦75,000. Consolation Prize – ₦25,000 each for the fourth, fifth and sixth best entrants’ ‘.

Since its inception in 2016 at the University of Ibadan, the organizers have received around 3500 registrations from students representing over 100 higher education institutions (including universities, polytechnics, schools of education, science nurses and seminary schools).

Renowned as the premier poetry prize for Nigerian students, the NSPP awarded 2 million naira to winners and published 541 poems written by selected entrants in six anthologies.

They include The Sun Will Rise Again (2016), Mixed History (2017), Deep Dreams (2018, Micah (2019), The House That Built Me (2020) and Portrait of Water (2021).

Notable winners

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 . The prize was held at the University of Ibadan in 2021 while a cash prize of N400,000 was shared among the winners.

Previous NSPP Grand Prize winners are 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 Science and Technology, Enugu; 2019), Okwubi Godwin Adah (University of Benin; 2020) and Samuel A. Adeyemi (Federal University, Lokoja; 2021).

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