Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) is an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) aimed at stimulating literary creativity and encouraging critical thinking among Nigerian undergraduates. Since its inception in 2016 at the University of Ibadan, the prize has received about 3000 entries from students representing over 100 tertiary institutions (including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, schools of nursing and seminary schools).
Reputed as the foremost poetry prize for Nigerian students, the NSPP has awarded over 1.5 million Naira to winning entrants and published 460 poems authored by selected entrants in five anthologies: The Sun Will Rise Again (2016), Mixed History (2017), Deep Dreams (2018, Micah (2019) and The House That Built Me (2020).
Notably, tertiary institutions such as University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu and Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa hosted the NSPP Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively. In 2020, the awards ceremony was hosted solely by PIN at Virginrose Resorts, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Aside rewarding the prize winners with a total cash prize of
₦400,000, exceptional entrants will each receive a certificate of
excellence and complimentary copy of the NSPP anthology which
features their works.
1st Prize – ₦200,000
2nd Prize – ₦100,000
3rd Prize – ₦50,000
Consolation Prize – ₦25,000 each for 4th and 5th best entrants
Previous grand prize winners of the NSPP include Noah Oladele (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; 2016), Bakre Fadil Adedamola (University of Ibadan; 2017), Godstime Tamunofiri Iberiyenari (Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa; 2018), Ogugua Micah Okoye (Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu; 2019) and Okwubi Godwin Adah (University of Benin; 2020).
The sixth edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) opens for submission between 15th January and 15th March, 2021. Taking note of the deadline, interested Nigerian undergraduates are expected to submit a 30-line poem on any of these themes: (1) Individual and Collective Humanity in a Corona-Ravaged World (2) Identity: Faces and Phases (3) Politics of Retrogression
- 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 nspp.poetsinnigeria.org.ng , with strict adherence to the instructions thereon.
Poems must focus on any of these themes:
- Individual and Collective Humanity in a Corona-Ravaged World
- Identity: Faces and Phases
- Politics of Retrogression
- Entrants must give unique titles to their works (Avoid using the wording of the themes as title of your entry)
- Indicate the theme selected beneath your work
- Poems must be original intellectual property of the entrants.
- An entrant is entitled to a single entry of 30 lines maximum.
- Entries submitted must be previously unpublished. A submission discovered to have defaulted on this rule will be automatically voided.
- All entrants are expected to purchase a minimum of one of the five NSPP anthologies 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 www.poetsinnigeria.org.ng for regular updates.
Submission Deadline: 15th March, 2021
This literary and creative initiative to help young poets to improve their
skills and have opportunities to win prizes is a wonderful idea which is already
making an impact. The youths in Nigeria are looking for role models and mentors
to bring out the best in them. The organizers of the Nigerian Students Poetry
Prize (NSPP) are providing this service to our teaming population of students in
tertiary institutions. I am proud to identify with the team. Indeed, I am
pleased to be appointed the Chief Judge for the 2017 edition of the
– Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo
Joint Winner, The Nigeria Prize for Literature
Chief Judge, NSPP 2017
The competition is a good initiative in popularizing the writing and reading of poetry among students. The array of judges is impressive and that clearly shows that the best poems which will be isolated for special recognition must really be poems that have succeeded on all counts.
– Denja Abdullahi
President, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA)
Chief Judge, NSPP 2016
Heartfelt congratulations to all entrants. It was a true pleasure to know that poetry is alive to this extent in the hands of the new generation. Thank you, dear NSPP for including me in this precious endeavor.
– Dr. Hülya N. Yılmaz
Director of Editing Services at Inner Child Press
Member, NSPP 2018 Judging Panel
As a poet, it is very interesting to see young people taking poetry seriously, as is evidenced by the entries into the 2017 NSPP. The quality of the verses and the variety of themes warmed my heart, so much that judging the poems was a rewarding exercise. One can only wish more organizations and individuals will take the promotion of literature as serious as the organizers of the NSPP because encouraging youth to express creatively is of great social importance.
– Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
CEO, Words Rhymes & Rhythm Limited
Winner, GTB Dusty Manuscript Contest 2018
Past Grand Prize Winners
Okwubi Godwin Adah
(University of Benin)
Winner, NSPP 2020
Ogugua Micah Okoye
(Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu)
Winner, NSPP 2019
Godstime Tamunofiri Iberiyenari
(Niger Delta University, Yenagoa)
Winner, NSPP 2018
Bakre Fadil Adedamola
(University of Ibadan)
Winner, NSPP 2017
(Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife)
Winner, NSPP 2016
Niger Delta University