This year’s edition of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature is now open for unsolicited submissions. The Prize, worth US$100,000, is unarguably the richest prize awarded to writers on the continent.
Founded in 2004, the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature has been awarded to writers across four literary genres including fiction, poetry, drama and children’s lit. Recent previous winners include Soji Cole (2018), Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (2016), Tade Ipadeola (2013), Sam Ukala (2014), Chika Unigwe (prose) and the late Ikeogu Oke (2017).
This year’s prize will have its focus on children’s literature, last awarded in 2015. (It seems like eons ago when the judges of that unfortunate year’s edition announced that none of the entries were worthy of winning the prize.)
Judges for this year’s NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature are Asabe Usman Kabir, Dr Patrick Okolo, and Prof Obododinma Oha. Prof Obododinma Oha, expert and professor of semiotics, stylistics and creative writing at the Department of English, University of Ibadan is the panel chairman. Asabe Usman Patrick is a professor of Oral and African Literature at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, while Dr Oloko, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lagos specializes in African postcolonial literature, gender, and cultural studies.
Winners of this year’s NLNG Prize will announced in October 2019. For more information and guidelines on how to submit, click here.
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