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Writing Competitions You Can Enter this Year

By Nkem Egenuka on Wed, 20/02/2019 - 16:51

Below are some competitions you can enter as a writer, journalist and student

The Geneva Challenge 2019 (The Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students)

The 2019 Advancing Development Goals International Students Contest invites teams of Master students from all academic programmes to devise innovative and pragmatic solutions to the Challenges of Global Health.


Registrations close on 24th March 2019.

Submission due by 15th July 2019.

Graduate students from all over the world can apply


The Caine Prize for African Writing 2019

The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English.

Deadline: 31st January 2019


2019 Brunel University International African Poetry Prize for African Poets

Deadline: October 12th to December 12th 2018


ICFJ/ ONE/ Elliott Family African Storytelling Contest for African Journalists 2019

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in collaboration with ONE and the Elliott family, seeks entries for the 2018 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling.

Deadline: 31st December 2017

Eligible Countries: African countries


2019 Man Booker International Prize

Deadline:  November 2018


2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Deadline: 1 November 2018


Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction African Writers 2019

This Writivism Prize for Creative Non-Fiction is an annual award for creative non-fiction by emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and sponsored by the Koffi Addo family.

Deadline: 31st December 2018

Eligible Countries: African countries


The 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize

The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based.

Deadline: May 1st 2019


Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Contest

The Winners will be award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $250.

Deadline: 1st April 2019 


IBM Master the Mainframe Contest for Students in Middle East & Africa 2018/2019

The largest student mainframe competition in the world has returned for its 13th year in a row with new prizes and new challenges for students around the world. Win prizes while gaining unique skills that will land you a career in Fortune 500 companies around the world! No experience needed!!

Application Deadline: 31st December 2018


Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Now Open 2019

This is an international essay competition open for entries to young commonwealth citizens under or aged 18 with diverse backgrounds, to make their voices heard on a global platform.

Deadlines: June 1, 2019


IBM Great Minds Student Internships for African Students 2019

This is a competition for internship of 3 to 6 months at one of the IBM Research Labs in Zurich, Nairobi, or Johannesburg for students from central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Deadline: 25th February 2019

Eligible Countries: African countries


Ms Geek Africa for Young African Women in ICT

Deadline: 31st March 2019


Tana Forum University Essay Competition 2019 for African Students

Theme: Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trends

Deadline: 28th February


Google Hash Code Programming Challenge 2019

Deadline: 25th February 2019


European Commission STATS Prize 2019

Deadline: 1st March 2019


UBA Foundation International Essay Competition for Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal 2019

The UBA Foundation conducts nationwide essay competitions for students in secondary schools in Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal yearly.


Young Ag-Summit Easy Contest for Students

The Young Ag-Summit Easy Contest for Students came to be to challenge youths to tackle issues in the world which are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to put an end to poverty, save planet earth and ensure everyone is prosperous.

Eligibility: All persons who are aged from 18 to 25 years old, that have passion for plans for spearheading and driving the move towards the sustainability and survival of the world.


The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Essay Competition

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Essay Competition is organized by the NSE and it is for students in secondary school whether private or public in all states in Nigeria.


Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Essay Competition

The St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow Essay Competition aims to raise world leaders who think incisively and decisively.

All contestants must currently be enrolled in a graduate or postgraduates in a course of study or area of specialization in any regular university and must not have been born in a date later than 1989.

Deadline: 1st of February, 2019.


Alpine Fellowship Writing Competition 2019

Open to all nationalities, must be 18 and above

Deadline: Aril 1st 2019


NHEF Scholarship Essay Competition for Nigerian Students 2019

The NHEF (The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation) Scholarship Essay Competition for Nigerian Students to challenge them to develop and shape ideas critically and strategically on how they can positively change Nigeria.

All students in their second to the final year level in NHEF Partner universities which include UNN, UniPort, ABU, BU, Kano, U.I and UniLag, can apply.


African Development Bank (AfDB) the Africa of my Dreams Writing Contest 2019

The African Development Bank (AfDB) The Africa of my Dreams Writing Contest is a platform to let the voices of Africans be heard and to stimulate the industrialization drive of Africa.

Contestants must be aged between 20 and 29 years old as at the time of the competition.

Contestants must be Africans and entries must be in English or French


Goi Peace Foundation/ UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People 2019

Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO are partnering to organize this essay competition which is an annual contest do promote the initiative drive of youths all over the world.


UONGOZI Leadership Essay Contest for African Students (USD $2000 + Fully-funded to Johannesburg, South Africa) 2019

The Institute of Africa Leadership for Sustainable Development which is also known as the UONGOZI Institute is the organizer of the UONGOZI Leadership Essay Contest for African Students.

Participants must be African citizens and between the ages of 18 and 25.


Bishop Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Senior Secondary School Students in Nigeria

Bishop Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Senior Secondary School Students in Nigeria is an annual competition which is open from the 26th of March to 1st of June 2019.






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