Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest
It’s our way of celebrating creativity, originality and everything in between.
We love the way poems leave a trace of emotions everywhere. They are words that pierce the soul just to drop a message and even leave some eyes misty. It’s not compulsory to write like Shakespeare, we only need you to provoke our thoughts.
Writers live twice because even when they are no more, their stories do the talking for them. We love wickedly suspenseful fiction with twists here and there. Tell us a unique story, make us believe it’s true and go home with a cash prize.
“You can’t use up creativity. the more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou
We are reaching out to the next generation of writers and poets. You must be 21 years or younger as at December 2019. Candidates older than this age will be disqualified automatically.
It’s open to Nigerian residents alone. We are working actively on opening this opportunity to a wider audience but we are currently receiving entries from Nigeria alone.
The submitted work must be unpublished before submission.
The maximum amount of words for the flash fiction category is 1, 500 words.
- For the poetry category, all poems must have a title.
- Poems should be original and should not exceed 40 lines.
Every contestant is entitled to only ONE category.
- All submissions should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The subject of the mail should read – 2019 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest.
- The body of the mail should contain the following: Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Age, and Title of Entry.
- Please attach the entry itself as an MS-Word file. Save the MS-Word file in this format – “Full Name – Title of Entry”
After the overwhelming success of the previous editions, we are here with open arms to receive thought-provoking entries for the 2019 edition.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
Call for Entries Begin
NOVEMBER 15, 2019
Deadline for Submission (23:59 GMT)
DECEMBER 16, 2019
The announcement of the Top Five in Each Category
DECEMBER 21, 2019
The announcement of the Winners in Each Category
Kechi Nomu lives in Lagos. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares (Blog), Cosmonauts Avenue, The Commuter, Interrupture, The Bangalore Review, openDemocracy and elsewhere. Her work examining borders and memory has been exhibited by Invisible Borders in collaboration with Apexart, New York. Her poetry chapbook “Acts of Crucifixion” was published by Akashic Books and APBF in 2018. She is a Brunel International African Poetry Prize finalist.
Countdown to Deadline for Submission of Entries for 2019 Edition
Our very first outing was in 2017. Though it was the maiden edition, the growing list of young and vibrant writers and poets in Nigeria did not disappoint. The rousing reception in 2018 was mind-blowing – it was bigger than what we expected and stays on top of our charts as the best outing yet. As the 2019 edition loads, here are the numbers…
2018 Edition in Numbers
Poems Were Submitted
Flash Fiction Stories Were Submitted
- Winner: “My father hews out himself on my skin” by CJ Onyedikachi
- 1st Runner-up: “She forgets she’s a woman” by Abu Bakr Sadiq
- 2nd Runner-up: “Girls like you have no history” by Angel Nwobodo
- Winner: “The house called joy” by Chizoma Emeka Joshua
- 1st Runner-up: “The skin of other women” by Chukwuebuka Ibeh Leonard
- 2nd Runner-up: “Aneesah” by Sobur Olalekan
This is the shortlist of our top five in each category in no particular order.
- Girls like you have no history by Angel Nwobodo.
- My father
hewout himself on my skin by CJ Onyedikachi.
- She forgets she’s a woman Abu Bakr Sadiq.
- The city is my family by Michael Ifeanyi Akuchie.
- What to imagine by Yusuff Uthman Adekola.
- Souls and smoke by Justin Clement.
- The skin of other women by Chukwuebuka Ibeh Leonard.
- The house called joy by Chizoma Emeka Joshua.
- Aneesah by Sobur Olalekan.
- The step breaks your confidence by Ezinne Okeke.
TJ Benson is a Nigerian writer and creative photographer whose work has appeared in several online journals like Jalada Africa, Expound and Bakwa magazine: in print magazines like Transition Magazine and more recently Saraba’s ‘Transitions’ issue. His chapbook of photography ‘Rituals’ was published in downloadable PDF on Sankofa Magazine in 2015. His short story ‘An Abundance of Yellow Paper’ was the joint winner of the Amab-HBF contest in 2016 and this collection was shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Prize. The collection is to be published by Parresia in September 2018. He is the first
2017 Edition in Numbers
Poems Were Submitted
Flash Fiction Stories Were Submitted
- 1st Prize – Lights Out by Chiamaka Nwangwu
- 2nd Prize – Breast Cancer by Omobashorun Agbalagba
- 3rd Prize – Things Your Uncle Left Inside You by Stephen Ogunfoworin
Flash Fiction Category
- Breast Cancer by Omobashorun Agbalagba
- A Bonfire on a Midsummer Night by Oluebube Ubah
- A Letter to Nabeelah by Abdurrahman Adedokun
- Little Boys are Large Exit Doors by Wale Ayinla
- Only a Child by Ikhenoba Deborah
- Lights Out by Chiamaka Nwangwu
- Black Woo Man by Olawale Ibiyemi
- An Installation of Memory by Anifowoshe Ibrahim
- Things Your Uncle Left Inside You by Stephen Ogunfoworin
- Adedamola by Saliu Fathia
- Charlotte by Jayeola Abdulhakeem
- A thousand Words for Maggie by Paul Akaogu
- Stretched Silence by Okechi Okeke
- Imole by Olakunle Ologunro
- Let the Day Break by Chukwuebuka Ibeh
- No Peace for the Wicked by Ada Nnadi
- Possessed by Okoronkwo Ijeoma
- Racing Stars by Okhuosami Umar
- Innocent Justice by Atere Oluwatimilehin
- In Memory of Chris by Ene Ogaba
Su’eddie was Joint-Winner, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Poetry Prize 2014 with his collection, Home Equals Holes: Tale of an Exile. He is the author of BRING OUR CASKET HOME: Tales one shouldn’t tell ( a collection of poetry hailed by critics as deep and pleasantly different). Su’eddie was longlisted for the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Award (2013) and shortlisted for the PEN Nigeria/Saraba Poetry Award 2013. He was also named as one of the ‘Top 50 Contemporary Poets who rocked Nigeria in