Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) is an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) aimed at stimulating literary creativity, promoting literary excellence and encouraging critical thinking among Nigerian undergraduates. Since inception in 2016 at the University of Ibadan, the prize has received over 1500 entries from students representing over 100 tertiary institutions (including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, schools of nursing and seminary schools).

Reputed to be the foremost poetry prize for Nigerian students, the NSPP has been hosted by institutions such as University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2017) and Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu (2018). As host of the fourth edition of the prize, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa, will be the venue for the NSPP awards ceremony slated for mid-2019.

Previous grand prize winners of the prize include Noah Oladele (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; 2016), Bakre Fadil Adedamola (University of Ibadan; 2017) and Godstime Tamunofiri Iberiyenari (Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa; 2018).

Denja Abdullahi (President, Association of Nigerian Authors), Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo (Joint Winner of The Nigeria Prize for Literature; 2007) and Ismail Bala (literary critic and lecturer, Bayero University, Kano) chaired the judging panel for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of the prize respectively.

The fourth edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) opens to submission between 15th January and 15th March, 2019. Interested Nigerian undergraduates are expected to submit a 30-line poem on any theme of their choice before the deadline.


Aside rewarding the prize winners (top three entrants) with a total cash prize of ₦300,000, the top 100 entrants will each receive a certificate of excellence and complimentary copy of the NSPP anthology which features their works.

1st Prize – ₦150,000

2nd Prize – ₦100,000

3rd Prize – ₦50,000


  • 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. Entrants can write on any relevant theme.
  • Entries submitted must be previously unpublished.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 a minimum of one of the three NSPP anthologies uploaded on the submission portal.
  • Under no condition will the judges’ unanimous decisions 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: 15th March, 2019

Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom

Moderator, NSPP 2019


  1. Just applied. But I’m worried because I did not see any confirmation message to show that I applied successfully

  2. Good afternoon. I made my entry few days back, but I mistakenly submitted it without fully editing the piece, and it was only my first name that was sent. Please I need help, else the poem wouldn’t even be understood. Thank you .

  3. Please I need help, I made my entry few days back but I mistakenly submitted without fully editing the piece. And if not opportuned to do that, I don’t think it will be understood.l also mistakenly send only my first name. I tried going back to edit but couldn’t. Thank you.

  4. Hello, how much do any of the anthologies expected to be purchased cost and how is the payment to be made?

  5. I have applied since 9the March but I can’t login now. It says incorrect password or gmail address. Pls help

  6. I have applied since 9th March but I can’t login now. It keeps showing incorrect password or gmail. Pls help

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