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Poets in Nigeria (PIN) has made a call for submissions for the September edition of its 10-Day Poetry Challenge. The monthly contest is “geared towards stimulating consistent and spontaneous creativity.”

In an email to Brittle Paper, the Challenge’s moderator, Chisom Okafor, whose poetry we’ve published, stated that “ten exceptional entries will be officially published on PIN’s Facebook Page and may likely be featured in the next edition of PIN Quarterly Journal and on Pulse.ng, our media partner.”

Here are things to note.

  • Deadline: 19 September, 2017.
  • Theme: No specific theme, feel free to explore relevant subject-matters.
  • Entries must be freshly written and previously unpublished in any form.
  • Each entrant is entitled to a single entry during the 10 days.
  • Entries must be original intellectual property of the entrants.
  • Submissions are welcome from all countries of the world.
  • Submissions should be accompanied by entrant’s photograph, brief biography and contact information comprising full name, email address, postal address and phone number (in the body of the email).
  • All submissions should be forwarded to pinpoetrychallenge@gmail.com and tagged: “PIN 10-Day Poetry Challenge (September 2017).”
  • All entrants should subscribe to www.poetsinnigeria.org.ng for regular updates.

A helpful opportunity for budding Nigeria poets.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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