Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017.
Brunel University and Commonwealth Writers are sponsoring the £3,000 Brunel University International African Poetry Prize. The annual poetry prize aims to develop, celebrate and promote African poetry. The prize started four years ago in 2013 with Warsan Shire emerging as the first winner. And Romeo Oriogun won last year’s award.
To be eligible, you must be a poet who hasn’t published a full-length poetry book. However, you can apply if you have previously published self-published poetry books, chapbooks, and pamphlets. However, to be eligible, you must be a poet born in Africa, or an African country national, or have African parents.
Submit 10 poems written in English, which may have already been published. Although, the prize administrators will accept poems translated into English. However, the translator gets a percentage of the prize. You also determine the content of your submitted poems. Especially relevant, ensure each poem does not exceed 40 lines. Title each of your poems. Also single space your poems. You can use any font type or size.
Submit your original entries as an attachment to BUAPP@brunel.ac.uk. Your poems should be in a single Microsoft word document. Do not send PDFs. Poems sent separately will be automatically rejected with no notification.
In addition, include a cover page that contains your name, nationality, country of birth, full address including country of permanent residence, personal email address, and telephone number. You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt.
The Brunel University International African Poetry Prize administrators will announce the shortlist on March 1, 2018. Same, they will announce the winner on May 1, 2018. Most noteworthy, your poems’ copyright remains your property. Read other submission rules on the award’s website.