Nigerian Students Poetry Prize

Nigerian Students Poetry Prize


Nigerian Students Poetry Prize, an initiative of Poets in Nigeria supported by Association of Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, is designed to stimulate creativity, promote excellence and broaden intellectualism among Undergraduate Students of Nigerian Tertiary Institutions. Billed to hold annually and hosted by different tertiary institutions across the 6 geo-political zones, its maiden edition will be hosted by the prestigious University of Ibadan’s Faculty of Arts.


The poetry prize culminates in an Arts Festival (Nigerian Students Arts Festival) where various art forms including poetry performances, drama, and visual arts will be showcased and winners of the poetry contest awarded on 7th May, 2016.  The award night will feature the staging of a play written by a student.

As part of our plans to hone the literary crafts of the young and give them a voice, an anthology of 100 selected poems (of entries received) will be published.



1st Prize – ₦100,000 ($335)

2nd Prize – ₦50,000 ($167)

3rd Prize – ₦30,000 ($100)


Submission Guidelines:

Only undergraduate students of Nigerian Tertiary Institutions are eligible to enter for the contest.

Nigerian Undergraduate students in the diaspora are also eligible.

There are no fixed themes for the contest. Participants are allowed to freely explore themes relevant to contemporary times.

An entrant is entitled to a single entry of limitless word count.

All entries must be original, intellectual property of the entrants.
Submissions should be accompanied by brief biography comprising full name, level, department and faculty.

Name of tertiary institution should also be distinctively mentioned alongside contact details (email address and phone number).

All submissions should be forwarded to and tagged ‘Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2016’.

All entrants should subscribe to for continuous updates.

Submission Deadline: 15th March, 2016

Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom

Moderator, NSPP 2016




  1. I sent in my poem titled ‘Knowledge’,a few days after I registered. Hope you got it identified with me..? And please keep me in close touch with all the ‘little’ details of events and dates! I’m intrested in every single thing. Thanks.

  2. Poets in Nigeria (PIN) is delighted to announce the longlist for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2016 which was declared open to submissions on 15th January, 2016 amidst positive reactions. Upon closure, entries numbering 400 were received from students drawn from 64 tertiary institutions, viz, Federal Universities & Polytechnics, State Universities & Polytechnics, Private Universities, Colleges of Education and Seminary Schools.

    Having subjected the poems received to critical examination, the Judging Panel has made available a list of top 30 poems in no particular order.

  3. Please Mr.Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom, I am not an undergraduate but a high school student of year 2012/2013 academic session. Can u please direct me to a website that doesn’t exclude SSCE holder. Thank you in anticipation

  4. will this sme competion hold in 2018.Cos i already have 20 great poems to offer to my world.Im out of secondary school but there is no money for my clearance into the university and sadly enough dats my obstacle.But if there will ever b a miracle of a change of mid ps contact me on:08184187488.Thank u very muchpls join hands to make dreams com 2ru!!!

    1. I wish this contest can be open to all Nigerians regardless of their educational levels.
      I have passion for poetry and it’s so sad I can’t participate because I’m an O’level….
      Please make it accessible to all in the next contest.
      However, it’s a great development to Nigerian writers who are passionate about literature.
      Thank you for organizing this.

  5. Really nice and educative. Am inspired to write better each time I click this site. Also submitted a poem and waiting for updates

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