The SprinNG Women Authors Prize (#SWAPng) will select two Female Nigerian Authors annually - writers who have published a full-length book in print and invest N300,000 each in purchasing, distributing, and marketing print copies of their books 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 two female Nigerian authors 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.
Application for the 2022 SprinNG Women Authors Prize is still open.
The application opens from July 1 - September 30 every year.
about the 2022 judges
Adeola Opeyemi is a writer, and developmental editor. She was a finalist for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Prize, 2016/2019 Morland Foundation Scholarship, and a fellow of the Ebedi Writers’ Residency.
A 2020 Miles Morland African Writer Scholar, Adeola has been published in online and print journals. She has served as editor on several lit mags, including Afridiaspora and Yaba Left Review.
She is the editor/co-editor of My Africa, My City (an anthology of writings about African cities) and Obibini Te Ase: an anthology of new writing from Ghana.
Angel Nduka-Nwosu (@asangelwassayin) is an award-winning multimedia journalist, editor, and writer.
She has written, edited, and researched for media houses like YNaija, RADR Africa, The Avalon Daily, Culture Custodian, and AMAKA Studio, to name a few.
An ardent feminist, she is the founder of The Emecheta Collective, a support and accountability network of women writers and creatives.
Currently, she works as a freelance and in-house news editor at Document Women.
Mofiyinfoluwa O. is a writer from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work delves deep into the self, exploring desire, emotional intimacy, and memory.
She is a first-year candidate on the Iowa Non-Fiction MFA as a 2022 Iowa Arts Fellow. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Lolwe and is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review.
Tomilola Coco Adeyemo was born in the small town of Okemesi Ekiti in the late 80s and grew up in the ancient city of Ibadan, Nigeria. She graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, where she studied Dramatic Arts and majored in playwriting. The following year obtained a diploma in screenwriting from the Royal Art Academy in Lagos.
As a storyteller, Tomilola has published a few bestselling romances in E-book format on platforms like Bambooks and Okadabooks and has credited works as a Researcher, Writer & Story editor in Nollywood. Her screen credits include the hit MNET telenovela, Hush, MTV Shuga Naija Season 3, PinPoint Media’s hit sitcom Man Pikin and Nollywood’s first feature-length animation, Lady Buckitt & the Motley Mopsters.
Tomilola is an avid fan of romance and believes there is a need for more works spotlighting the female gaze in and out of the genre. Her major influences include Sefi Atta, Pam Godwin, the late Amaka Igwe, and Chris Ihidero. In addition, she continues to draw inspiration from classic African literature and media, the sounds of Fela Anikulapo – Kuti and Nina Simone, and the pains and struggles highlighted in their music and lives as social commentators and activists. In 2019 Tomilola was acknowledged by Connect Nigeria for her contribution to the Nigerian literary space. And in August 2022, she was named Brittle Paper author of the month after a successful run of her romance submission Efun’s Jazz on the Pan-African literary website.
Application & FAQs
The online portal to apply for the SprinNG Women Authors Prize will open annually in July and close in September. The judges of the SprinNG Women Authors Prize will be announced in August.
If you are having issues with the clickable tab above, use either of these links to apply: https://tinyurl.com/SWAPNG22 or https://forms.gle/1bRujCSt83m4SsJ59
For all questions and concerns or opportunities for donations and collaborations please send an email to Contact@SprinNG.org and we will respond within 48hrs.
All updates and additional announcements will be posted on the SprinNG website: www.sprinng.org
Why a Women Authors Prize at SprinNG?
While there has been a definite increase in Nigeria's literary engagement within the past decade, especially with the use of technology, there are still improvements to be made. SprinNG intends to encourage and equip developing Nigerian writers. However, in doing so, through submissions for publications and contests, as well as participation in our writing fellowship, we have observed a lack of women involvement and visibility. When we looked outwardly, observing the works of sister Nigerian literary websites and recognitions, we found strong evidence and reports confirming our conclusions.