Naija Stories Contest – Poems of the Everyday Nigeria

Naija Stories Contest – Poems of the Everyday Nigeria

NaijaStories.com is pleased to announce another online writing contest titled “Poems of Everyday Nigeria” in collaboration with Tola Odejayi. From time to time, the lives of we Nigerians are punctuated with dramatic and significant events. We fall in love, out of love, marry, divorce, celebrate a childbirth and grieve over a death. We may even be called upon to do greater things, like save a life, lead a revolution or govern a country.

But more often, our lives are filled with the smaller, everyday things we do. Waking up. Taking our baths. Commuting to work. Visiting friends. Worshipping at church. Insulting someone over the internet. Running for shelter as it starts to pour with rain. Because these events are so everyday, we experience them in one moment and dismiss them the next as matters of no consequence.

Up till now.

Naija Stories is inviting you to celebrate, in your most creatively, imaginatively expressed poems, these everyday events that occur throughout our waking lives. There is a total prize of $300 on offer – $150 as the first prize, $100 as the runner-up prize and $50 for the third prize. So look around you, fire up your imagination, pick up your writing device of choice and get busy!

 

The rules are simple – they are as follows:

–         The poems must original, and not previously published in any online or print channel

–          They must be no less than a hundred words, and no more than five hundred.

–          Only one poem per person should be submitted to this contest.

–         They must be about an event that occurs very frequently in the lives of a typical Nigerian.

–         They must be written in good, clear grammatical English.

–         Special consideration will be given to poems that use language imaginatively to express ideas.

–         The deadline for submission is Sunday, 2nd of September 2012.

–         To submit, register on www.naijastories.com and allow 24hrs to be approved.

–         Go to http://www.naijastories.com/wp-admin/post-new.php and enter your poem directly.

–         Put the entry in the category of “Everyday Poems” and press the button, “Submit for Review”.

 

Dates for Contest:

The contest opens August 6 and submissions end on September 2, 2012.

Longlist of Poems that meet the criteria will be released September 6, 2012

Final Judging (by Tola Odejayi) – September 8th to 16th, 2012

The winner will be announced by September 17th 2012.

 

Prizes :

There will be three (3) overall winners in this contest.

First Prize – 150,000 points ($150)

Second Prize – 100,000 points ($100)

Third Prize – 50,000 points ($50)

 

Send any questions to admin@naijastories.com. Good luck!

 


50 thoughts on “Naija Stories Contest – Poems of the Everyday Nigeria” by Admin (@ogaoga)

  1. Profile photo of QueenNobo
    QueenNobo (@queennobo): Writer - 7377 pts

    Finally, another contest! I’m so pleased to see this…thank you, @admin and @tolaO

  2. Profile photo of sambright
    sambright (@sambrightomo): Head Wordsmith - 98711 pts

    Let’s go on with the bobo…This is great!At last a poetry competition! @Tola Odejayi, I see you!

  3. Profile photo of Gboyega Otolorin
    Gboyega Otolorin (@guywriterer): Head Wordsmith - 50941 pts

    Ah, NS! I need to organize myself and get back on here stat!!!

  4. Profile photo of Sueddie Agema
    Sueddie Agema (@sueddie): Head Wordsmith - 48982 pts

    Hmm.

  5. Profile photo of shaifamily
    shaifamily (@shaifamily): Head Wordsmith - 41292 pts

    @Admin about time too….I hope people will do justice to this….@whizdapoet @xikay @Anderson-Paul

  6. Profile photo of Anderson Paul
    Anderson Paul (@Anderson-paul): Senior Scribe - 24825 pts

    @Shai 1st ever poetry contest after how many years, trust me I ll be involved

  7. Profile photo of Anderson Paul
    Anderson Paul (@Anderson-paul): Senior Scribe - 24825 pts

    @Shai 1st ever poetry contest after how
    many years, trust me I ll be involved

  8. Profile photo of shaifamily
    shaifamily (@shaifamily): Head Wordsmith - 41292 pts

    @Anderson- Paul Kool….

  9. Profile photo of Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
    Kukogho Iruesiri Samson (@xikay): Head Wordsmith - 51605 pts

    @shai i still dey think o!

  10. Profile photo of layrite
    layrite (@layrite): Senior Scribe - 21873 pts

    This is absolutely wonderful God bless Tola Odejayi for this initiative. Oya poets, lets go there..

  11. Profile photo of kaycee
    kaycee (@kaycee): Head Wordsmith - 150946 pts

    Thank God no voting.

  12. Profile photo of Joseph Omotayo
    Joseph Omotayo (@strongself): Scribe - 14271 pts

    This is so good. Now, it is gonna be good being a Nigerian.

  13. Profile photo of Joseph Omotayo
    Joseph Omotayo (@strongself): Scribe - 14271 pts

    This is so good. Now, it is gonna be good being a Nigerian.

  14. Profile photo of uchechukwu obiakor
    uchechukwu obiakor (@uchechukwu1): Scribe - 19033 pts

    starting my keke@ostar.

  15. Profile photo of adams
    adams (@coshincozor): Scribe - 13508 pts

    i dont know what to do! i am blank now

  16. Profile photo of yejide kilanko
    yejide kilanko (@yejide-kilanko): Writer - 5256 pts

    Way to go NS admin. I’m sure the poets in the house are excited about this opportunity. Look forward to reading the submissions.

  17. Profile photo of Nnenna-Ihebom
    Nnenna-Ihebom (@Nnenna-Ihebom): Junior Writer - 2483 pts

    I’ll give it a shot. Kudos, naijastories.

  18. Profile photo of Sunshine
    Sunshine (@nicolebassey): Head Wordsmith - 52707 pts

    Wow, This is such a blessing to the site. Thank you @TolaO @admin. You ROCK! :-)

  19. Profile photo of Tola Odejayi
    Tola Odejayi (@TolaO): Wordsmith - 37845 pts

    @queennobo, @sambrightomo, @nicolebassey, you’re welcome.

    @All, I hope you are taking note of the word ‘everyday’ in the competition title…

  20. Profile photo of Onyeka Dike
    Onyeka Dike (@onyekadike): Scribe - 11467 pts

    Hehehehe, everyday life tinz. Okay o. I am up for this one. Make una inspire me jare. @ Admin: why only one entry now? Guess it would be a matter of giving life to the mundane activities… Still thinking… Anyone watching out for me?

  21. Profile photo of EXCELLENCY
    EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13243 pts

    Quite a motivation! I’ll definitely try this… Much thanks @Tola & @admin

  22. Profile photo of chinedu
    chinedu (@chinedu): Newbie - 135 pts

    I want to submit my poem its proving difficult

    1. Profile photo of Admin
      Admin (@ogaoga): Senior Scribe - 26720 pts

      @chinedu, Please clear your cookies and cache and try again using this link http://www.naijastories.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

      If the problems continue, please state the exact problems you’re having. Email admin@naijastories.com

  23. Profile photo of lactoo
    lactoo (@louis): Writer - 9496 pts

    Na wa o. Where i dey since, i almost missed it. But chaaaaa, i fink i’m in.

  24. Profile photo of Eno Ekere Usen
    Eno Ekere Usen (@enny88): Beginner - 520 pts

    I am having difficulties submitting my poem. cant find “category- everyday poem” on this site

  25. Profile photo of khadijahmuhammad
    khadijahmuhammad (@khadijahmuhammad): Senior Scribe - 22171 pts

    I hope free verse will be viewed favourable,I don’t like rhymes.

    1. Profile photo of Tola Odejayi
      Tola Odejayi (@TolaO): Wordsmith - 37845 pts

      Free verse is fine, @khadijahmuhammad. Just make sure that it’s creative and that it’s about things that happen to the average Nigerian on a everyday basis (unfortunately, many entries are not taking note of this!).

  26. Profile photo of diamondwriter
    diamondwriter (@david2471): Junior Writer - 1371 pts

    Am back

  27. Profile photo of lactoo
    lactoo (@louis): Writer - 9496 pts

    Lets do dis. Not for the money, but for the . . . Honour.

  28. Profile photo of ostar
    ostar (@ostar): Scribe - 13926 pts

    The beginning of tomorrow is today….

    1. Profile photo of Tola Odejayi
      Tola Odejayi (@TolaO): Wordsmith - 37845 pts

      There’s a poet in everyone, @francis. Expecting your entry soon…

  29. Profile photo of ablyguy
    ablyguy (@francis): Senior Scribe - 21832 pts

    Ah! Not me turf. @TolaO, nice initiative. The poets have been marginalized enough. Looking forward to reading them…

  30. Profile photo of Christopher Okiri
    Christopher Okiri (@sagepoet): Beginner - 542 pts

    Nice one. I’m sure it’s going to worth participating. Poetry isn’t dying afteral. Thanks for the reassurance.

  31. Profile photo of ostar
    ostar (@ostar): Scribe - 13926 pts

    The broth and poetry brothers!

  32. Profile photo of Ishaya
    Ishaya (@birmaeli): Newbie - 140 pts

    The aesthetics of literature is it power of words:words speak!..let’s do this,the literary glitterati!

  33. Profile photo of khadijahmuhammad
    khadijahmuhammad (@khadijahmuhammad): Senior Scribe - 22171 pts

    @Tola can you edit submitted work before the deadline.

    1. Profile photo of Tola Odejayi
      Tola Odejayi (@TolaO): Wordsmith - 37845 pts

      Yes you can, @khadijahmuhammad.

  34. Profile photo of khadijahmuhammad
    khadijahmuhammad (@khadijahmuhammad): Senior Scribe - 22171 pts

    Thank you.@tola I really want to win.

  35. Profile photo of Joecool_Lorenzo
    Joecool_Lorenzo (@joecool): Junior Writer - 2458 pts

    Trying the link says permission denied. Do fix it so we can send our entries. Time is running faster than usain bolt

  36. Profile photo of igbor clemency
    igbor clemency (@clemency): Senior Scribe - 23987 pts

    o’ boy! av bn missing o!

  37. Profile photo of freya
    freya (@freya): Newbie - 30 pts

    i don’t know about you but i feel that poems with rhymes should be favored over free verse. it just shows that some poets are more creative than the others!

  38. Profile photo of sassystel
    sassystel (@ibagere): Scribe - 10317 pts

    i just tried submitting my poem for the everyday Nigeria poem contest, dont know if it went to the right quarter, cos this thing has been proving difficult

  39. Profile photo of Kaso
    Kaso (@cathreya): Junior Writer - 3099 pts

    exactly, poems with rhymes are more classic compared to those without one. i agree with you @freya

  40. Profile photo of igbor clemency
    igbor clemency (@clemency): Senior Scribe - 23987 pts

    @tola, i’d like to appeal to the organiser(s) of this contest for an extension of the submission deadline. maybe by a week to allow more entries pour in

  41. Profile photo of ostar
    ostar (@ostar): Scribe - 13926 pts

    Rolling, rolling, rolling!

  42. Profile photo of uchechukwu obiakor
    uchechukwu obiakor (@uchechukwu1): Scribe - 19033 pts

    @ostar,you rolling canoe?

  43. Profile photo of ostar
    ostar (@ostar): Scribe - 13926 pts

    @uchechukwu canoe ke?
    Mbanu, eji m dollar,
    Ejikwa m N5000 notu lol

  44. Profile photo of Gboyega Otolorin
    Gboyega Otolorin (@guywriterer): Head Wordsmith - 50941 pts

    @admin, I apologize for the lateness (sorry sorry please pleassseee!!!!!) but just submitted my poem for the contest.
    Is it too late yet?

  45. Profile photo of getto
    getto (@technobayo): Junior Writer - 4562 pts

    @admin, I can’t find the “Everyday poem” category. Deadline over?

  46. Profile photo of Justusdaniel
    Justusdaniel (@justusdaniel): Junior Writer - 1422 pts

    Wow! I came late…

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