Poets in Nigeria (PIN) is pleased to announce the call for submissions to the 3rd edition of Ken Egbas Prize for Festival Poetry (Calabar 2019). Sponsored by an art enthusiast and a Former Special Adviser, Strategic Planning at Cross River State – Mr. Ken Egbas; the prize is geared towards promoting cultural heritage, black pride and environmental consciousness.

The Prize, an offshoot of the annually organized Festival Poetry Calabar, was launched in 2016 via an address delivered by Ken Egbas who promised to sponsor the prize for five (5) years.


Authors of selected entries will be awarded cash prizes in this order:

  • 1st Prize: ₦25,000
  • 2nd Prize: ₦15,000
  • 3rd Prize: ₦10,000


  • Must be a Nigerian poet resident in Nigeria
  • Must be between 12 and 30 years of age


  • Entries must revolve around cultural heritage, black pride and environmental consciousness.
  • An entrant is entitled to a single entry of limitless word count.
  • Submissions must be original, intellectual property of the entrants.
  • Under no condition will the judges’ decision be challenged.
  • Previously published works (on social media, blogs and anthologies) are NOT allowed.
  • Submissions including your name, location, biography and contact details should be in the body of the mail.
  • Entering for the contest gives us automatic rights to make use of your works as deemed appropriate.
  • Forward your entries to

DEADLINE: 31st October, 2019; 11:59 PM


Dr. Ken Egbas is an alumnus of Federal Government College, Kaduna, University of Calabar and University of Nigeria, Nsukka. An expert in Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility, Ken is the Founder and CEO of TruContact CSR Nigeria & WhiteHouse PR Synergy. Also, he is the organizer of The SERAs, arguably Nigeria’s biggest corporate award for Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Good Corporate Citizenship. Ken publishes Nigeria Social Enterprise Report – a publication on social responsibility and sustainability which is circulated around Africa, United Kingdom and USA.

Ken hails from Ofodua, Adun in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State where he once served as a Special Adviser, Strategic Planning.


Meanwhile, Festival Poetry Calabar themed “Poets in the Digital Age: Bytes and Heights” will hold between 18th and 22nd December, 2019 in the city of Calabar. More details will be shared on our website soon.


For further enquiries, contact the moderator – 07034847164.

Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom

For: Poets in Nigeria (PIN)