The Babishai Niwe Poetry Award from Uganda formerly open only to Ugandan female poets, has now been open to all poets of all African decent. This is amazing news and since it's a competition for amateur poetry, we want everyone to send in an entry. The BN Poetry Award offers recognition and a cash prize of one thousand dollars, amazing if you ask me. In the words of the organizers themselves:
The BN Poetry Foundation has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception in 2008. For 5 years, we were the only poetry award dedicated to Ugandan women. From 2014, we have extended the award to the entire continent and included men too. This decision was based on the signs of growth and spurts of need to be more inclusive. With more competitiveness, the quality of poems submitted also improved greatly and we awarded a sum of One Thousand (1,000 US Dollars) to the winner. The top ten attended various festivals namely The Storymoja Literary Festival in Nairobi, The BN Poetry Festival in Kampala and the Aké Arts and
Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. All long-listed poets of the BN Poetry Award of 2014 and 2015 will appear in a forth-coming anthology.
The BNPA will take entries from January 15 to May 5th 2015 so there is still time to enter for the competition. Here's how to go about that.
THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE 1,000 US DOLLARS. THE TOP 10 WINNERS WILL RECEIVE DEDICATED POETRY MENTORSHIP, PUBLICATION OF THEIR POEMS AND ALSO PARTICIPATE IN VARIOUS LITERARY FESTIVALS