Spoken word poets have another opportunity to add another laurel to their names by winning the inaugural Isele! Spoken Word Poetry Prize.
The prize is dedicated to celebrating emerging talents, promotion of new voices and creating a broader platform for spoken word poets.
Interested poets are expected to write a 2-3 minutes spoken word poem on topics that border on love, peace, religion, education and politics and submit a video of their performance in MP4/3GP format, not larger than 7MB.
Fancy video works are not needed as judges are expected to judge solely based on performance and power of delivery.
The judges for the contest are the renowned performance poets Dike Chukwumerije and Sage Hasson. The quality of the submissions will be closely monitored by the Poetry Editor of Saraba Magazine, Adebiyi Olusolape.
Entries will be accepted from May 3, 2013, and ending June 12, 2013. All entries must have been received by 11:59pm, June 12, 2013.
The winner takes home a cash prize of N50, 000 and will be featured on a radio station with a chance to be featured on a TV show. The winner will also be featured at the Orange Crush Awards 2013 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and will be performing alongside other performance poets at the Lordz of Rhyme on the variety night of the Orange Crush/Niger Delta Creative Writers Workshop, also in Port Harcourt.
The contest is open to Nigerians resident in Nigeria and entries will be uploaded on Youtube for public viewing.
The prize administrators also plan to feature shortlisted entries on various platforms.
Shortlisted poets will be notified by email to their email address they had provided. A press release will also be sent through various platforms, Magazines, Newspapers, Websites/Blogs, and also the Facebook/Twitter pages of the contest. Also, notifications will be sent through Saraba Magazine, the official partner of this contest.