2018 Ukana Online Poetry Competition (UOPC)
Welcome to the first Ukana Online Poetry Competition (UOPC).
The mission of Ukana Online Poetry Competition (UOPC) is to acknowledge, encourage and promote emerging and established poets.
SUBMIT AN ENTRY
Please, read the eligibility, rules, and entry guidelines below before you enter your poem. Also like us on Facebook for you to receive updates. But this is not compulsory for entering the competition.
NO ENTRY FEE
Opening Date: September 15, 2017
Closing Date: November 5, 2017
After the closing date, no entries will be accepted.
Entries should contain the following details:
(6) Photo of entrant, if available
Email entries by using this email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or use the online contact form.
No minimum, and maximum number of lines of poem is 50.
Entries can be on any subject, in any style, and in any form.
Entrants may enter up to five poems.
Entrants may choose to discontinue in the competition by notification in writing.
The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence with respect to the judgment.
The prize is open for any poet.
There is no age limit.
Original work of the entrants need be entered.
Entries must be completely the work of the poet.
If you submit, you are confirming that the work was written by you.
You will be disqualified, if the work is found through evidence, not to be your own.
Entries must be original poems which have never been published anywhere before.
Entries must be in English language.
Keep a copy, for entries are not returned.
Changes cannot be made to entries after submission, but new entries can be submitted, before the deadline.
Copying other poets’ poems and presenting them as one’s own is plagiarism, and it is not good. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
The official longlist will be presented by Ukana Online through its website, social media channels and press release in November 25, 2017.
2017 Ukana Online Poetry Competition shortlist will be announced in December 5, 2017.
The winners of the 2017 Ukana Online Poetry Competition will be announced in December 15, 2017.
First Prize: N3000, Digital Certificate of Award, and induction into Poetry Hall of Fame.
Second Prize: Digital Certificate of Award, and induction into Poetry Hall of Fame.
Third Prize: Digital Certificate of Award, and induction into Poetry Hall of Fame.
High Commendations will be 10.
The winners and the highly commended poets will be promoted in different media.
The prizes will be posted to the winners.
The expectation is that the value of the prize will rise in the future, for future competitions.
There will be no award ceremony, but it is expected that future winners of the award will be hosted in an award ceremony.
The poet has the copyright of his or her poems. But Ukana Online will have the right to publish the winning poems and the Highly Commended Poems in various media.
The judge for the 2017 Ukana Online Poetry Competition is Uchechukwu Agodom.
ABOUT THE JUDGE
Uchechukwu Agodom is many things: poet, essayist, writer, web designer, IT expert, theorist, independent researcher, script writer, blogger, editor, critic, reviewer, actor, and an engineer.
He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and Master’s degree in Information Technology. Uchechukwu Agodom graduated from St Teresas College, Nsukka, and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
His literary works have been published in some editions of ANA Review, Leadership, Saturday Sun, Saraba, Nuvein, Authorme, Facebook, and in the anthologies Harvest Time and Cultural Anthology. His articles and essays have appeared in major Nigerian newspapers like Daily Trust, Thisday, Blueprint, National Daily, Daily Newswatch, News24 Nigeria, and Nigerian Tribune.
Uchechukwu Agodom’s honors and awards include an award for community development service from National Youth Service Corps in a state in Nigeria, teaching awards, and joint second prize winner for The PEN/Saraba Poetry Prize 2013. He has ten teaching, literary and community development awards and honors; and been shortlisted in some prizes.
Uchechukwu says, ‘’ Poetry is very powerful. A poem is a great gift to the world from a poet. I want your poem to move me to a point where I can celebrate it.’’- Uchechukwu Agodom
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