LITERARY ART COMPETITION, 2018
Over £2,500 in prizes to be won
The abundance of writing talents, both in poetry and prose in the state cannot be denied, but the platform for these latent talents to have their say, and take the stage has been limited if not non-existent.
Literature, as Cross Riverians have come to know it is a form of art which has its roots in Lagos and bears fruit in Akure, with some of its leaves sometimes making its way to Nsukka. Literature seems to be alien to Cross Riverians.
This competition, therefore, is a deliberate attempt to break the seeming centralization of Nigerian literature at Lagos. We believe this decentralization is essential to expanding the depth of the literature Nigeria produces and grow the understanding and appreciation of both poetry and prose by Cross Riverians and its residents.
The competition is open to all Cross Riverians (wherever they reside) and Cross River residents.
The competition is divided into 2 Categories; Poetry Competition and Prose Competition. Each category divided into a JUNIOR and OPEN competition.
Junior Competition: The junior competition will be open to all secondary school students of Cross River origin (wherever they reside) and all secondary school students in Cross River. Winners will be required to show proof of school attendance or/and state of origin(for those schooling outside the State)
Open Competition: This category is open to all Cross Riverians and residents in the state, with school cert and above.
All submissions will be made online and in strict compliance with competition rules and regulations.
Poetry: Writers should submit to the provided email address, 2 unpublished (inclusive of facebook) poems (of the same theme and will be judged as a body of work) of each, not more than 100 words and each not less than ten lines.
Prose: writers should submit to the provided email address, an unpublished short story of more than 300 words and less than 1000 words.
Submissions will begin on the 1st of January and close midnight 30th January 2018. Voting will commence immediately..
The competition will be in 3 stages
First Stage: After the submission and close of entries, works submitted will be put online for voting. The 50 Works with the highest votes in each category makes it to the Longlist.
Second Stage (Long List): The works in this list have already booked their space in the anthology to be published.
Judges will now go through the works in the long list to determine and select the three shortlist in each category.
Final Stage: out of the three shortlist in each category (Junior: Poetry and Prose, Open: Prose and Poetry) a winner will be announced for each category by the judges.
Nigeria, West Africa
If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond for sure.