Founded in 2008 by Ugandan poet Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, the BN Poetry Award was initially set up to nurture, strengthen, and promote Ugandan female poets. The Award stemmed from a strong belief that women have some of the greatest potentials that go unnoticed and unrecognized.
This year, the BN Poetry award 2014 has opened its platform to ALL African poets and will start taking entries from January 6 to May 5, 2014. The winner will receive a 1,000 US Dollar prize.
Guidelines for submissions:
· It is open to ALL African poets who will not have published a full-length collection of poetry by May 2014
· Submissions should be original, in English and not more than 40 lines. Times New Roman or Arial, single-spaced and size 12. Local languages are accepted only if English translations are sent alongside them
· Send a maximum of three poems and a minimum of one poem to email@example.com as a word attachment. DO NOT include your name or contact details on the poem itself
· The subject line should read, “BNPA 2014”
· Include your name, email address, country or birth and country of permanent residence, telephone number and the titles of your poems in the body of the email
· The submissions will be accepted from January 6th to May 5th 2014
Kgafela oa Magogodi: South African poet, director and musician. He is currently completing a co-writing project for a musical stage play, The Book Of REBELATIONS . Published books include Thy Condom Come (2000) and Outspoken (2004).
Joanne Arnott: Award-winning Canadian poet and writer. Her first book of poetry, Wiles of Girlhood (1991) won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry (1992). Her newest publication of poetry is, A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale, fall 2013)
Richard Ali: Author of City of Memories, Chief Operations Officer of Parrésia Publishers Ltd and Publicity Secretary [North] of Association of Nigerian Authors. Richard is also Editor-in-Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and was a runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition.
More details on the facebook page, Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, on the blog http://bnpoetryaward.blogspot.com and website www.bnpoetryaward.co.ug