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The Stellar Prize (Poetry & Short Stories)

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Deadline: 18th February 2019

Description: 

The Stellar Prize is a prestigious award for outstanding youths (between the ages of 14 and 45) who have shown exceptional talent or skill in written work, specifically poetry and short stories.. It is one of the projects of The Stellar Community, with the mission of empowering young talents in Africa, as well as all over the world.

The award is usually in the form of prize money, and certificates. In addition to this, the expenses to attend the award ceremony, which would be held in Cape Verde for the 1st Stellar Prize, is covered by The Stellar Community. The award ceremony is held in a different country each year. To learn more about The Stellar Community, please visit the official website.

Categories:

Junior Stellar Prize (participants within Africa between the ages of 14 and 18)

  • First Place Winner: 700,000 Naira (approx. $2,000 USD)
  • Second Place Winner: 400,000 Naira (approx. $1,200 USD)
  • Third Place Winner: 200,000 Naira (approx. $600 USD)
  • Plus 4 Honorable Mentions

Stellar African Prize (participants within Africa between the ages of 19 and 45)

  • First Place Winner: 1 Million Naira (approx. $3,000 USD)
  • Second Place Winner: 500,000 Naira (approx. $1,400 USD)
  • Third Place Winner: 250,000 Naira (approx. $700 USD)
  • Plus 4 Honorable Mentions

The Stellar International Award (participants outside Africa aged 18-45)

  • First Place Winner: 1 Million Naira (approx. $3,000 USD)
  • Second Place Winner: 500,000 Naira (approx. $1,400 USD)
  • Third Place Winner: 250,000 Naira (approx. $700 USD)
  • Fourth Place Winner: 100,000 Naira (approx. $300 USD)
  • Plus 5 Honorable Mentions

 

Eligibility:

  • You have to meet the age requirement for whichever category you are applying for.
  • Any nationality or professional background can participate but must apply under the appropriate category.
  • Entries must be unpublished poems or short stories.
  • Poems cannot be more than 45 lines in length, and short stories cannot be more than 2000 words.
  • All poems written in another language must carry an English translation. An exception to limit on number of lines are allowed for this case.
  • All poems are submitted online through the official website. Only submissions done through this official website are accepted.
  • Former winners of The Stellar Youth Award are not eligible to compete
  • There is a submission fee of $5 (approx. 1,800 naira) for the first entry and $3 (approx. 1,000 naira) for subsequent entries for The First Bid. Multiple submissions and entries are allowed.

 

Practical Information:

  • All winners would be invited for the prize giving ceremony by early April, 2019 in the beautiful island of Cape Verde. Flight expenses, hotel lodging, and feeding, during the period of the award ceremony would be covered by The Stellar Community.
  • The award ceremony would be filmed by some of the largest media stations in Africa.
  • Opportunity to meet top literature dignitaries across and beyond Africa.
  • All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • Winners would have their works published and would receive royalties on their works.
  • Winners would be considered for membership of The Stellar Community. Membership of The Stellar Community is a golden privilege that offers the chance for scholarships, employment in big companies/organizations, project funding, and investments. Stellar Community members are equipped to succeed in their lines of interest and empowered to impact others likewise. Applications for membership of the Stellar Community for regular applicants are usually only open once a year for the duration of a month.
  • All participants, winners or not, stand the chance of winning The Stellar Youth Award which is an award prize of 1.5 Million Naira (approx. $4,300)

Application Process