The UNIBEN prize for poetry and short stories

Posted: January 6, 2015 in compititions


The Uniben Prize for Poetry and Short Stories is a trimestral writing competition that is organized by The FictionLimbo Foundation.

The prize is awarded three times yearly (January-March, May-July and September-November) and is administered and funded by The FictionLimbo Foundation.

Eligibility and Entry Rules for the January-March Competition

Please read these eligibility and entry rules before starting the entry process.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules.

For any entry or eligibility queries not covered below, please email  or call 08161735235 for clarification before submitting an entry.

Entry Fee

A fee of N450 Naira is required for every entry.

Opening date

Sales of entry tickets and submission of entries starts 3rd February, 2015.

Closing date

Entries must be submitted at the Nescafe Lounge or by email using on or before 15th of March, 2015.

About the Prize

  1. A long list of the top five short stories and the top ten poems would be published on the FictionLimbo website on 2oth March 2015.
  2. The final selection of the winning short story and poem from the long lists as compiled by the FictionLimbo Foundation will be judged by an international Judging Panel and would be announced on 25th March 2015
  3. The winning short story gets:

70,000 Naira

One month breakfast cup of coffee from the Nestcafe lounge

Publishing deal for a Novella that would be featured in The FictionLimbo Anthology.

  1. The winning poem gets:

30,000 Naira

One month breakfast cup of coffee from the Nestcafe Lounge

Publishing deal for a collection of poems that would be featured in the FictionLimbo Anthology.

  1. The top five short story entries and top ten poem entries would be featured in the FictionLimbo online and Book print Anthology. With each entry owner receiving a free copy of the Book print Anthology.



This competition is open to only students of the University of Benin (Ugbowo campus, Ekewan campus and UBTH)

A verification check would be requested during the later stage of the exercise for proof of student membership of the University of Benin.


  1. Entries must be the writer’s or poet’s own work.
  2. Entrants may submit up to three different entries as long as each entry has its unique ticket.
  3. The deadline for the receipt of entries is 15th March 2015 (12 noon GMT)
  4. The author’s details should be included in the entry form attached to the tickets. The name and personal details of Entrants must not be found anywhere on their entry.
  5. The entries should contain, on its first page, the title of the story or poem and the unique three digit pin that is printed on the tickets. Entries are judged anonymously, any detail of Entrants found on submitted entries would imply instant disqualification!
  6. In the case of short story entries, each story should not exceed 5,000 words.
  7. in case of manual submissions to the Nescafe Lounge, entries should be clearly typed, printed and enveloped in a sealed folder before submission to the Nescafe lounge in Ugbowo campus.
  8. In case of online submissions, entries may be sent in .doc or .pdf formats and should be saved with the title of the entrants story or poem (e.g. “The dead man.doc” , “I Live to Love.pdf”, etc.)
  9. Entrants may be involved in promotion of his/her entry on the FictionLimbo Facebook Page, the entry with the most comment, likes, and share would receive a special monetary prize. (Participation in this activity is optional but vital!)
  10. There is no restriction for genre, theme or plot; Entrants are allowed to craft their entry as deep as their imagination can go.

Keep visiting for more updates on the competition.

  1. trablog says:

    My goodness!! This is so wonderful!! All the very best to the event 🙂

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  2. All the best Moses ! And once again thanks for the offer…but now that I read the dates for the judgement , I cannot be so sure if I would be around that time …. I would love to do it and will try my best but in case I won’t be available ( I might be travelling then ! ) , I shall let you know in advance… 🙂

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  3. swajithkas says:

    I truly appreciate you people’s objective & efforts to provide proper platform to young,inexperienced, writers and poets.
    Wishing you all the best for competition.

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  4. This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring writers. I hope that event will inspire them as well as motivate them in creating something original, creative and moving. Good luck and God bless! x

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  5. You’re creating a brilliant platform for writers to be recognised. You never know what you’re going to find but I believe it would bring an amazing pool of brilliant authors and poets. Some might even turn out to be the next author for a best seller. God Bless papa fiction! Good luck to the participants. 🙂

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  6. Hi Moses, It sounds an amazing and grand event. All the best for conducting such a creative show.Thank you so much for the offer. I will try my best to the needful. I can’t say about my March commitments but yes, presently I’m in. If in case busy I will let you know in advance 🙂


  7. fransixok says:

    Please How do I get into the competition…. How do I pay the 450…and submit…. or rather where do I pay the 450

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