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Sentinel Nigeria All-Africa Poetry Competition 2013

Deadline: 28 February 2013

(Note: This competition requires entry fees. Please participate with caution.)

The Sentinel Nigeria All-Africa Poetry Competition is an annual writing competition for previously unpublished poems in English Language, on any subject in any style. Poems entered into this competition should not be simultaneously entered into another competition, and should not currently be under consideration for publication or accepted for publication elsewhere. The poems must also not have been posted to a blog, a website, Facebook or any other social media.

ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to all professional and amateur writers from every part of Africa living within the continent or in the diaspora.

LENGTH: 50 lines maximum (excluding title)


  • First prize: N35,000 (Approx. £140/$220)
  • Second prize: N20,000 (Approx. £80/$126)
  • Third prize: N10,000 (Approx. £40/$63)
  • High commendation: N4,000 x 3 (Approx. £16/$25)
  • First publication: The 3 winning and 3 highly commended poems together with 9 other commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Nigeria magazine in May 2013.
ENTRY FEES: N450 or £2.50 ($3.95) per poem. You may enter as many poems as you wish.

JUDGE: Chiedu Ezeanah, author of The Twilight Trilogy. A poet, journalist and ex-banker, Ezeanah is the Chief Executive of Paradigm-City Publishing, Abuja, Nigeria.

RESULTS: The results of this competition and the judge’s report will be published on the 30th of April, 2013.

ADMINISTRATION: This competition is administered by SPAWN MEDIA SERVICES – a trading style of Sentinel Literary Movement of Nigeria.


  • Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not currently accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Poems should be typed and must be no longer than 50 lines (excluding title).
  • Any number of poems may be entered on payment of the applicable fee. Bank credits in Nigerian Naira only should be paid into the GTB account of SPAWN MEDIA SERVICES. International entrants may pay via PayPal.
  • Each poem should be on a separate sheet, which should not include the name of the author.
  • The author’s name and address should be provided on an accompanying Entry Form or Cover Note.
  • The winners and commended writers will be notified by post or e-mail.
  • All winning and commended poems will appear in Sentinel Nigeria magazine #14 (May 2013)
  • Poems cannot be returned, please do not send your only copy.
  • Closing date for submissions: 28 February 2013.
  • If you win one of the prizes in this quarter’s competition, you will NOT be prohibited from entering next quarter’s competition.
  • If on the advice of the judge, the quality of entries is too low to produce worthy prize winners, or any other legitimate reason beyond our control arises which may affect a fair completion or conduct of the competition, we reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund all entry fees immediately by the same method we have been paid.
  • By entering this competition you provide some information such as your address and e-mail address which may be deemed personal information. We will never pass on any detail you provide in the course of entering this competition to a third party and we will never sell your data to anyone for marketing purposes.
  • By entering this competition you agree that we may contact you by e-mail or post via our newsletter with the results of the competition, the adjudicator’s reports and information on future competitions. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.
  • Copyright to all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Sentinel Nigeria reserves the right to publish all winning and commended poems.
  • Please only submit your own original work.
  • The adjudicator’s decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  • The submission of poems for the Prize will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.
Link: payment procedures


For queries/ submissions: competitions@sentinelnigeria.org

Website: http://sentinelnigeria.org

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