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Entries open for this year's Brunel University African poetry prize

Application for the yearly Brunel University International African poetry prize is now opened.

Application for the yearly Brunel University International African poetry prize is now opened.

Entry is opened to all Africans poets who love to write, no age, nationality or location restriction. All African citizens are encouraged to send in entries to be considered.

See below for all the details on how to apply. Deadline is on 1st Dec (11.55pm) 2016.

The shortlist will be announced  March 6th 2017.


The winner of the Prize will be announced on May 2nd 2017.

Rules: General

1. The prize is open to African poets, defined as those who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.

2. The prize is open to African poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published. Self-published poetry books, chapbooks and pamphlets are exempt from this stipulation.

3. Only poems written in English are accepted. Poems translated into English are also accepted with a percentage of the prize going to the translator.


4. The prize opens for submissions from October 1st 2016 to December 1st 2016. Each entrant must submit 10 poems to be eligible, no more and no less.There is no stipulation as to the content of submitted poems but no poem should exceed 40 lines in length.

6. The poems may have been previously published or won previous awards.

7. Poems must be emailed in a SINGLE word document attachment (not PDF) – with an index cover page that contains the entrants’ name, nationality, country of birth, full address including country of permanent residence, personal email address and telephone number. All entries must be submitted via email only to

An acknowledgement will be sent. (Please note that email enquiries about the rules will not be answered.)

8. All poems must have a title.


9. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.

10. Poems should be single spaced.

Good luck!


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