ANA 2015 Literary Prizes Shortlist

The Judges of the Association of Nigerian Authors Literary Prizes are pleased to release the shortlist for the 2015 ANA Prizes. The names and titles are listed below in no particular order.


1. The Last Ilari –  Tunji Ajibade
2. The Last Prophecy of Omu Nwagboka – Obumse Amechi Chiedu
3. Unstable – Dickson Ekhaguere

1. Blazing Moon – Nwachukwu Egbunike
2. Clinical Blues – Dami Ajayi
3. Euphoria of Sophistry – Terseer Samuel Baki
4. A Tributary in Servitude – Servio Gbadamosi

1. Bongel – Maryam Bobi
2. Don’t Die on Wednesday – Michael Afenfia
3. Long Shadows – Mnguember V. Sylvester
4. A Pelican of the Wilderness – Jacqueline U. Agweh
5. Satans and Shaitans – Obinna Udenwe

1. Fire on the Tip of Ice – Halima Aliyu
2. Smithereens of Death – Olubunmi Familoni
3. The Bottom of another Tale – Su’eddie Vershima Agema

1. Ada Marries a Palm Tree and Other Stories –  Charry A. Onwu-Otuyelu
2. The Leprous King – Daniella Clinton
3. The Magic Mirror – Nnenna Ihebom

From the ANA website

Association of Nigerian Authors 2015 ANA Prizes: Call for Entries



For Release: April 7, 2015

The Association of Nigerian Authors [ANA] hereby announces a range of prizes for its 2015 literary competitions. These are:

1. ANA Prize for Poetry (published & unpublished) – N 100,000. 

2. ANA Prize for Prose Fiction (published & unpublished) – N 100,000. 

3. ANA Prize for Drama (published & unpublished) – N 100,000. 

4. ANA Prize for Literary Journalism – N 100,000 (Deadline: August 30, 2015). 

5. ANA\NECO Teen Author Prize (prose) N 100,000.00 (published & unpublished works). 

6. ANA\Mazariyya Teen Authors Prize (poetry) N 50,000.00 (published & unpublished works).

ANA is pleased to introduce two new prizes, endowed by Mrs. Maria Ajima and Dr. Wale Okediran, respectively:

7. Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (Focus on African Literature) – N100,000

8. ANA Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (short stories) – N200,000.

Nigerian writers, home and abroad, desirous of entering their works for the Annual Literary Prizes, may now do so. Works entered should have been published between March 2014 and March 2015. 


1. An entry fee of N3,000 per entry,  paid by the author or the publisher, in favour of: 

Association of Nigerian Authors 

First Bank of Nigeria Plc 

[Bodija Market Branch Ibadan] 

Account No. 2020543538 

Please Note 

[a] The entry fee is for the purpose of prize administration only. 

[b] A photocopy of the appropriate Deposit Slip[s] MUST accompany Requirement #2 below. 

2. Six copies (6) of the book or manuscript to be entered, specifying the Prize being entered for, alongside a covering letter and the photocopy of the Deposit Slip used in Requirement 1 above, should be sent by post to: 

The General Secretary, 

Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), 

c/o Suite 63, 

National Theatre Complex, 



The covering letter should contain accurate contact details of the writer or/and publisher of the work, including email and surface mail addresses and telephone numbers. 

Please Note 

[a] The Association will NOT take responsibility for entries sent by post nor will it claim registered parcels in cases where it has to pay for such entries or parcels. 

[b] Multiple entries, where applicable, are allowed but a work must not have been entered for the same prize prior to the present entry and it must have been published between 2014 and 2015. 

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for Teen Authors Prize (published and unpublished works). 

1. Entrants must be students in any secondary school in Nigeria. 

2. Entries must be a collection or a single story of between 35 – 40 pages or above for prose or poetry. 

3. Illustration (optional). 

4. Accompanying documents are: 

(i) Signed letter of identification from school principal on school letterhead. 

(ii) Two passport photographs, name, and copy of birth certificate of the entrant. 

(iii) Entrant’s school admission letter (photocopy). 

(iv) Current cumulative record of entrant’s academic performance (junior or secondary school). 

(v) Letter of consent from parents. 

(vi) Entrant’s or their guardian’s email, surface mail address and phone number. 

5. Unpublished entries (in four copies) should be properly bound. 

6. Teen Authors are NOT required to pay an entry fee. 

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (published and unpublished works) 

Length: Between 25-30 pages of A4 paper size following format of academic essays.

 1. Type double spaced using MS Word. Use Times New Roman Type face 12 point font size.

2. The essay, if published in a journal, book or as electronic text, must be within the valid dates indicated on this call for submissions.

3. Referencing style is either the latest MLA or APA style.

4. Five hard copies as loose sheets or as a bound monograph are to be submitted to ANA, plus a soft copy sent by email to

 5. The competition will be rotated annually in areas surrounding poetry, drama, prose fiction and theory.

6. The essay should not be of generalized survey, but should rather be focused on specific texts of a few selected authors at a time.

7. The essay should state where the texts or performance analysed can be accessed or located.

In addition, all other rules pertaining to ANA competitions are applicable.

Copyright: The copyright to every winning entry is to be held by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Maria Ajima Trust, and the author of the work. The winning entry will be published in subsequent ANA Reviews.

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for ANA Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction [Short Stories].

1. Only published work are accepted.

2. Seven [7] copies of each entry are to be sent in.

3. Entries must have been published no earlier than twenty four months BEFORE the date indicated on the call for submissions. 

In addition, all other rules pertaining to ANA competitions are applicable.


Deadline for the receipt of ALL entries, excepting the Prize for Literary Journalism, for the 2015 ANA Literary Prizes is Friday, May 22, 2015. A shortlist will be announced in September, 2015.


Winners of the prizes will be announced by the judges at the Awards Dinner during the 34th International Annual Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors in October/November, 2015. 

Richard Ali  

Publicity Secretary [North]

Association of Nigerian Authors 

The Abuja Literary Society (ALS) Open Mic Holds Today 7PM @ Katsina Hall, Transcorp Hilton

If you’re new to ALS, and you’ve never been to an Open Mic, here is what it is.

It’s an opportunity to share a short story, or a poem, or an excerpt from a long story, or a rap, or something creative you’re working on.

It’s an opportunity to get feedback from a neutral public, and to grow as a writer.

It’s an opportunity to listen to what other people are working on, to give them helpful pointers, and to be inspired by them as well.

Everyone has roughly 5 minuntes. And all you have to do to get on stage is to come early and put your name down. That simple.

It’s an opportunity to HAVE FUN!

If you’re an old-timer, well, you know all this already.

The ALS Open Mic is without doubt one of the most entertaining and educative ways to spend a Friday evening in Abuja.

Come along. And bring a friend!



See you there!!

Ibadan Poetry Festival (IPOFEST 2014)

Centre for Poets (CFP), Ibadan, is at it again.

This time, CFP is coming out big with Ibadan Poetry Festival (IPOFEST 2014). With the theme: POETRY IN LAMENTATIONS FOR A NATION, IPOFEST 2014.

Date: 12 – 13 March 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise, beside Magistrate Court, Seventh Day Adventist Road, Iyaganku, Ibadan
Time: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Directed by Ebika Anthony, IPOFEST 2014 which promises actions and excitements will feature poetry performances with music and dance.

Students, poets and lovers of poetry from all walks of life residing within and outside Ibadan are cordially invited to take part in this festival.

Awards shall be given to the best three solo poetry performances which must reflect the theme of IPOFEST 2014.

Poets who are interested to compete for IPOFEST awards should call the Festival Director on 08034822937 or 0813347356 to register.

Ebika Anthony
President, CFP