How to win?
Read the current publications on the SprinNG website for August 2021.
Write a comment on 2 or more of the publications posted on the website for August 2021.
Please add your name and email address when filling the comment box.
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See the guide to providing good feedback below
TIPS FOR WRITING GOOD FEEDBACK
The goal of providing feedback is:
1. to invite another reader into the world of beauty you have seen in a work
2. to provide a very brief summary of what you read
3. to give your interpretation/perspective of what has been written
4. to provide suggestions for improvement
We encourage that your comment meets at least 2 of these goals.
The SprinNG team will evaluate the comments and select the winner of the book at the end of the month.
Note: Comment on the poems, book reviews, articles, interviews and guest posts.
This year, we received 1223 submissions for the poetry contest. There were several competitive pieces in the pool for the prize.
We appreciate our judges: Ugochukwu Damian, Roseline Mgbochimma, Ayomide Wes Oriolowo, and Gimbiya Galadima for taking the time to select the worthy finalists.
We congratulate the winner, Damilola Omotoyinbo and the runner-ups: U.A Edwardson (first runner-up) and Bryan Joe Okwesili (second runner-up).
tHE winning poem
Damilola Omotoyinbo believes in the power of the pen and the positive difference it can make in our world. She has writings and interviews published at Afritondo, Kalahari Review, Konya Shamsrumi, Praxis, Hack
writers, The Nigerian Tribune Newspaper, nantygreens, and elsewhere.
Damilola is a fellow of the Ebedi international Writers’ Residency and an alumnus of the SprinNG Writing Fellowship. Follow her on social media.
The Shortlisted poems
The Second Runner-Up
Download the full report including the fellowship commentaries and mentees biographies with the orange tab below.
Every year, I am always most excited about this SprinNG project because it is an opportunity where writers form a community of support, learning, and growth. In addition, I draw a lot of confidence from knowing the expertise, knowledge, and passion that every mentor brings to the table in ensuring the success of their assigned mentees.
This year, we received 567 applications for the SprinNG Writing fellowship. We accepted 44 mentees into the programme, 41 who completed the fellowship requirements and received their certifications. 40 mentors volunteered for this year’s fellowship.
Without a doubt, the mentors’ participation and commitment made this experience meaningful for the mentees. In the feedback forms that the mentees submitted, their words to describe the mentors’ impact in their lives are so memorable. They talked about each mentor’s compassion, relatability, support, and dedication.
Although the fellowship was only 6-weeks, these mentees have gained an experience they will cherish for life. The young stars of the 2021 SprinNG Writing Fellowship have discovered themselves, learned something new, gained strengths to overcome challenges, and realized that this is only a starting point of their potential.
For some, this fellowship is the closest experience to pursuing a master’s in creative writing because it puts them through a similar creative and mental rigor. Many mentees feel more confident about pursuing other literary, academic, and career opportunities as a result.
We have read several anthologies about love, its coyness, fragility, joy, and sometimes, heartbreak. What’s often shied from in the narratives of love, especially in many African cultures, is its involving eros and sexuality. Even when such is written about, it is bound with entities that water and wrap it up as though such experience is sinful, shameful, or worse, inexistent.
Often, when “black voices” or “afro voices” are used, it is only in the context of activism or a revolution. There are several limitations in finding our voices in a plethora of ordinary human experiences like eros and sex. Worse, even among Africans, the topic is only led by European ideologies, practices, imagination, and sometimes, standards leading to a misrepresentation of ourselves and misalignment with our cultures.
In this anthology, we have collated the revealing, authentic, pure, funny, regretting, teasing, memorable, descriptive, and importantly, relatable in this theme. We selected the provoking, simple, experimental, playful, what follows the rules or breaks them. Rather than treat the topic of sex, eros, and sexuality as an ingredient needing context, this anthology serves as a meal to interested readers of the specific subject.
Application for the 2021 SprinNG Women Authors Prize is now open.
The application is open from July 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021
The SprinNG Women Authors Prize (#SWAPng) will select a Nigerian Female Author annually - someone who has published a full-length book in print and invest N200,000 in purchasing, distributing, and marketing print copies of her book nationwide through our independent book reviewers, sister literary websites and events whom we collaborate with.
We are simply looking for female Nigerian authors who have published excellent books that deserve to be promoted and supported. Only one Nigerian female author will be selected annually for this prize. However, we will use the opportunity to promote other select authors through interviews, book reviews, newsletter promotions, and collaborations to increase their visibility in the Nigerian literary sphere.
The online portal to apply for the SprinNG Women Authors Prize is open from July and will close in September.
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