Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers (WRR Ltd) has announced the call for entries to the 2016 GREEN AUTHOR PRIZE (GAP) for young, unpublished Nigerian poets between the ages of fourteen (14) and twenty-four (24). Participating poets must be Nigerians who are yet to publish a full book and are resident in Nigeria.
Now in its second year, the GREEN AUTHOR PRIZE (GAP) is the only poetry book prize for Nigerian poets.
According to the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WRR, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, the prize was initiated to give upcoming Nigerian poets a chance to get their works published.
“We started this prize last year when we realized that the cost of publishing in Nigeria has dashed the publishing hopes of most of the talented writers we work with,” he said.
“Such a prize, dedicated to youths and poetry, becomes is even clearer when you consider the fact that most prizes are restricted to fiction writers.”
Four poets will emerge winners of an all-expense-paid, joint-authorship book deal worth N300,000. The quartet will be selected from four zones – North, South, East, and West of Nigeria, by a panel of judges made up of established, young writers. The winners will also be honored at the WRR Literary festival, scheduled for October 2016.
On this years’ panel are four renowned writers – GOODNESS OLANREWAJU AYOOLA, award-winning author of Meditations; SALAMATU SULE, poet and founder of Fahimta Literary Discourse (FLD); DAVID ISHAYA OSU, a poet and editor at Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel; and UCHEUWADINACHI, an award-winning performance poet and the author.
The 2015 GREEN AUTHOR PRIZE (GAP) was won by VANGER FATER, a 23-year-old poet from Benue State; WAZANI ADAMU IJARAFU, a 22-year-old poet from Adamawa state; ONWUASOANYA CHIKA JONES, a 24-year-old poet from Imo state; and AYOMIDE FESTUS, a 22-year-old poet from Osun state.
The rules and guidelines for entry are available at www.authorpedia.wrr.ng/GAP-2016.
WRR has been actively involved in promoting Nigerian writing through several youth-targeted initiatives since August 2012 when it was established as a social media based social re-orientation poetry forum.