If you are a Nigerian writer wishing to be recognised at home, you now have a chance to enter for 2019 ANA literary prizes. The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has announced a range of prizes for its 2019 literary competitions. The prizes are:
ANA Prize for Poetry (published & unpublished works)
ANA Prize for Prose Fiction (published & unpublished works)
ANA Prize for Drama (published & unpublished works)
ANA Prize for Children’s Literature- 7-13 age range (Published works only and open to all categories of authors)
ANA/ Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (Short Stories Collection-Publishedworks)
ANA/Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (Focus on criticism of emergent Nigerian Literature) – N100, 000
Works entered should have been published between 2018 and 2019. An entry fee of N3, 000 (per entry) is required for all the prizes .The fee is to be paid by the author or the publisher in favour of the association’s Zenith Bank of Nigeria. The entry fee, said the association, was for the purpose of prize administration only. A photocopy of the appropriate Deposit Slip[s] must accompany the entry consisting of 6 copies 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), KM 2, Mamman Vatsa Writers’ Village, Mpape, Abuja
Or PMB 518, Area 10 Garki, Abuja
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. The works that are to be submitted in all categories should be original and not recast(s) of already existing works.
Scholars interested in entering for the ANA/ Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism should submit published works only. 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 [email protected] and [email protected]
The essay, said organisers, should not be a generalised survey but rather be focused on specific texts (in any of the genres) of selected authors at a time. The essay should state where the texts or performance analysed can be accessed or located and where it (essay) has been published. The winning entry will be published in subsequent ANA Reviews.
Deadline for the receipt of all entries is Friday, May 31, 2019. (there will be no extension of this deadline). A shortlist will be announced in September, 2019, while winners of the prizes will be announced by the judges at the Awards Dinner during the 38th International Annual Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors in October, 2019.