Last year’s edition saw none of the writers smiling to the bank. Sadly, no one won the $100, 000, because the Board didn’t find any of the 109 entries worthy enough. None of the entries received met the levels of literary excellence worthy of Africa’s most prestigious literary prize.
Will there be a winner for this edition? And who will it be this time around?
Entries are hereby invited for The Nigeria Prize for Literature. The yearly literary prize is endowed by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) to honour the author of the best prose fiction by a Nigerian within the last four years.
The prize rotates amongst four literary genres – prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature. This year, the competition is for Prose Fiction.
The competition is open only to published works by Nigerian writers irrespective of place of residence. It carries a prize of $100,000. Two other writers may also be accorded honourable mention.
Six copies of the entry together with evidence of Nigerian citizenship (photocopy of Nigerian passport or National Identity Card) may be submitted either by authors or publishers, in accordance with the genre in competition.
Books should be submitted to Nigeria LNG Limited’s External Relations Division, promoters of the prize, by the stipulated deadline. Failure to meet the stated conditions will lead to disqualification of the entry.
This being an annual prize, the date of publication on the works submitted must be within the previous three years. Complete contact information, including full postal address and/or email and evidence of Nigerian citizenship, should accompany each submission.
An author in any competition will enter only one published work. Manuscripts will not be considered. No book previously submitted for this competition may be resubmitted at a later date, even if major revisions have been made or a new edition published.
The prize will be awarded for no other reason than excellence.
Judges for 2016 competition
Close of entries (deadline) – March 31, 2016. Late entries will not be attended to.
All entries should be sent to:
The Nigeria Prize for Literature
External Relations Division
Nigeria LNG Limited
Intels Aba Road Estate
KM 16 Aba Expressway
Port Harcourt, Rivers State