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Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) is an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) designed to stimulate creativity, promote literary excellence and broaden the concept of intellectualism among Nigerian undergraduates. Since inception in 2016 at the Students’ Union Building, University of Ibadan, the prize has received over 1000 entries from students drawn from over 100 tertiary institutions, cementing its place as the nation’s foremost poetry platform for students.

The 3rd edition of the prize opens for submissions from 15th January to 7th March, 2018. Building on the success of the 2017 edition of the awards ceremony hosted by University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC), winners of the 2018 edition will be awarded in May at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Previous winners of the prize include Noah Oladele (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), Chinelo Nwangwu (University of Ibadan) and Chisom Okafor (University of Nigeria, Nsukka) in 2016; Bakre Fadil Adedamola (University of Ibadan), Ajah Henry Ekene (University of Benin) and Bona Solomon (University of Ibadan) in 2017.

Aside rewarding the top three entrants who also double as prize winners with a total cash prize of ₦300,000, the top 100 entrants will be featured in a globally distributed anthology.


1st Prize – ₦150,000

2nd Prize – ₦100,000

3rd Prize – ₦50,000

  • The 2018 edition of the prize is sponsored by Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.


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


  • Submissions are to be made at, with strict adherence to the instructions thereon.
  • Poems must be original, intellectual property of the entrants.
  • An entrant is entitled to a single entry of 30 lines maximum.
  • There are no fixed themes.
  • Entries submitted must be previously unpublished. A submission discovered to have defaulted on this rule will be automatically voided (inclusive of winners).
  • All entrants are expected to purchase either one or both editions of the anthology of the top 100 entries uploaded on the submission portal.
  • Under no condition will the judges’ decision be challenged.
  • Entering for the contest gives PIN automatic right to make use of entries as deemed appropriate.
  • Entries must be written in English. Native terminologies must be translated in English as footnotes.
  • Entrants should subscribe to for regular updates.

For enquiries, contact the moderator – Phone: +2347034847164; Email:

Submission Deadline: 7th March, 2018

Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom

Moderator, NSPP 2018


    1. You make payment on the portal by using your Debit (ATM) card. Fill the required details. Thanks.

  1. Are the poets whose poems made the First 100 for that of the last edition going to buy the anthology as well?

    1. They are expected to buy that of 2016. They will get a complimentary copy of the 2017 edition.

  2. Hello, the piece I intend submitting is 30 lines using Microsoft Word but the site is displaying 40 lines. Please how do I go about it?

  3. I paid for one of the Anthologies already and the payment has been acknowledged as I got an email from PIN to that effect. The service was bad then and I couldn’t download the anthology even after paying as it keeps asking me to pay again before I can submit. I already sent a mail to that effect but got no resolution yet. What would be done to that?

  4. Whilst submitting on the portal, the original number of lines of the poem, breaks, a lot.

  5. Sir the site is inaccessible. I’ve tried a number without times but to no avail.


    You can now pay directly into PIN’s bank account for the NSPP anthologies (either editions – ₦500; both editions – ₦1000)

    Poets in Nigeria | 0759986028 | Access Bank | Current Account

    Forward your email address and evidence of payment to 07034847164 |

    We will grant you access to the anthologies and submission page afterwards.


  7. hello nspp, does the line limit of 30 lines it include spaces too?
    and if my poem exceeds 30 by few lines or more, would it still be accepted?

    1. Yes. If it exceeds 30 lines, it won’t be processed for assessment.

    1. Online or via transfer (deposit).

      You can now pay directly into PIN’s bank account for the NSPP anthologies (either editions – ₦500; both editions – ₦1000)

      Poets in Nigeria | 0759986028 | Access Bank | Current Account
      Forward your email address and evidence of payment to 07034847164 |

      We will grant you access to the anthologies and submission page afterwards.

  8. I tried submitting my poem is not going? How would I know it has being submitted?

    1. You will see ‘submission successful’on the page with the provided details.

  9. Please do I need to purchase the anthology before I can be able to make my submission?

  10. I have tried submitting my entry about 15 times, using different browsers, yet it’s not going through.
    I bought the anthology ‘mixed history’ using UC BROWSER and after filling in the form, tried submitting, only to be shown ‘413 request entity too large’ even though my entry didn’t exceed 30 lines.
    Then when i tried using goolge chrome, i was asked to buy the anthologies again, i bought ‘The sun will rise again ‘ , filled in the form and tried submitting again, only for it to keep showing me network error. Even though i’ve accessed other webpages and my networks is stable. And it keeps showing me this over and over again. What do i do?

    1. We hope the issue has been resolved now? Please, ensure the image you are trying to upload isn’t up to 1MB.

  11. After submission, can someone edit the poem? I was unable to edit the poem I submitted two weeks ago.

    1. No. Poems submitted cannot be edited because they are immediately processed for assessment.

    1. Check the submission page for ‘submitted entry’ as indication of successful submission.

  12. I don’t know about the 2017 edition, but I observed that the poems in the 2016 edition are above 30 lines. Is the 30 lines limit a new rule?
    Don’t you agree that this 30 Lines rule could warrant one to truncate his/her work so as to be heard, hence an incomplete tale?!

    Does “Previously published” works include any and all forms of exposure of such works, or is the term limited to exposures on certain media?!

  13. She caused me pain
    so much it drove me insane
    She made me cry
    and made my tears dry
    She made me sick
    so much her love couldn’t stick
    She made me sad
    and left my life so bad
    She drove me mad
    and made me hard
    She broke my heart with all her might
    She made me miserable
    and left me vulnerable
    She threw my love away
    and left it to decay
    She never deserved me
    and I hate her for playing with my hear

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