Launch of The Lenrie Peters Prize for Poetry
A new national poetry competition for Gambian Poets
A new national poetry competition has been launched in The Gambia. The African Homecomers Collective sought and received permission from Dr. Peter’s family to name the prize after the founding father of modern Gambian literature in English.
One of the main objectives of the competition is to produce an edition of new Gambian poetry, in the hope of discovering new, hidden talents.
The judge for the first year of the prize (for seniors, 18+) will be the founder of the African Poetry Book Fund, the multi-award winning poet, Professor Kwame Dawes.
The judge for the first year of the prize (for juniors, 12-17 years old) will be Musufing Whyles, entrepreneur and media presenter (for Paradise FM). Member of AHC.
The African Homecomers Collective have donated a trophy to the winner of each group. There will also be sponsored money prizes. Further details to be announced.
The judge for the special themed poem category ‘No to back way’ (all age groups) will be Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG).
The African Poetry Library is a new Reading Library in The Gambia, established by the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF), with funding from philanthropists, Laura and Robert Sillerman. Time, work and resources have been committed by, Prairie Schooner, (the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s literary journal), and University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Libraries in conjunction with individuals and organisations in The Gambia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.
For more information and for details of the competition
African Poetry Library, Gambia
Directorate of Literature, Performing and Fine Arts, NCAC Fajara Office, Kanifing, The Gambia
Location: off Kairaba Avenue, behind GT Bank.
The Lenrie Peters Poetry Prize – DETAILS
The Lenrie Peters Poetry Prize is named after the esteemed poet and novelist and The Gambia’s father of literature in English.
There will be two prizewinners :
Lenrie Peters poetry Prize (Junior) 12-17 years old
Lenrie Peters Poetry Prize 18+
1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded in both categories
and a trophy donated by The African Homecomers Collective will also be given to the first prize winners.
Each year there will be a theme with a special prize separate from the main prizes given. The 2015 theme is ‘No To Back Way’ in support of this campaign. There will be one winner selected for this prize.
How to submit a poem to the Lenrie Peters Poetry Prize
Poems can be on any topic.
Poems can be in any style, written in English.
(Plans are to include other language submissions in future years but not in 2015)
Rules and Conditions
The Prize is open to all Gambians born and residing in The Gambia, those with at least one Gambian parent born in The Gambia and all citizens of The Gambia.
The competition is open to all poets who have not published a poetry book.*
No poet can submit more than 2 poems to the competition.
Maximum length of one poem is 40 lines (including line spaces).
Poems must be typed, double-spaced, on A4 paper, single sided only.
We regret that entries cannot be altered after submission.
Poems which do not follow the rules and conditions will be disqualified and will not be entered for the prize.
SUBJECT HEADING – Lenrie Peters : Poetry submission plus title of your poem/s
Send your poem/s in a Word attachment. On the first page of your submission,
please state your name, age and mobile number.
Please also add your name, age, country/village of residence and mobile number in the email.
All electronic submissions (online submissions) will receive an acknowledgement.
Submit your poem/s no later than midnight on 18 May 2015.
Online submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can poems we submit for the competition be previously published?
Yes – if published online, in a newspaper or a magazine
No – if published in a book (as there may be copyright issues)
How do I submit my poem for the theme, No to Back Way?
You can still submit two poems, including your poem for the theme , ‘No to Back Way’ and it will automatically be considered for the special section. Put at the top ‘Not to Back Way’ special section