ANA Annual Literary Prizes/Awards

At the last count ANA has 14 literary prizes award categories(for both published and unpublished works) cutting across all the genres of literature and open to both young and old Nigerian writers, at home and abroad, with the least cash prize being ₦50,000 and the highest being $2,500.These prizes, endowed by institutions and individuals and administered by ANA are publicly advertised, entered for, judged by reputable panel of judges and awarded without fail every year as appropriate. The detail of these prizes are as follows:


S/No.CompetitionCategory of EntriesPrizes
1ANA/Cadbury Prize for PoetryPublished works only$2,500
2ANA/NDDC Flora Nwapa Prize for Women (Creative) WritingPublished works onlyN100,000
3ANA/NDDC Gabriel Okara Prize for PoetryPublished   unpublished works₦100,000
4ANA/NDDC J. P. Clark Prize for DramaPublished   unpublished works₦100,000
5ANA/NDDC Ken Saro Wiwa Prize for ProsePublished   unpublished works₦100,000
6ANA/Chevron Prose Prize on Environmental issues (Prose)Published works only$2000
7ANA/Esiaba Irobi Prize for PlaywritingPublished   unpublished works₦50, 000
8ANA/Jacaranda Prize for Prose FictionPublished works only₦50,000
9ANA/Funtime Prize for Children’s Literature (Prose)
*Winning entry to be published by sponsor (Funtime Publications) with a sign on advance royalty of N250,000
unpublished works only, Ages 8-15₦150,000
10ANA/Atiku Abubakar Prize for Children’s LiteraturePublished works and picture books only; Ages 0-7₦100,000
11ANA/Lantern Books Prize for Children’s Fiction
*Winning entry to be published by Lantern Books.
Unpublished works only, Ages 8 – 15₦100,000
12ANA/James Ene Henshaw Prize for Playwriting
*Playwright of winning entry to work with an experienced director for the production of the play
Unpublished play scripts only₦100,000
13ANA/NECO Teen Author Prize (prose)Published   unpublished works₦100,000
14ANA/Mazariyya Teen Author Prize (poetry)Published   unpublished works₦50,000


However, during the Remi Raji led ANA National Executive Council (2011-2013) the list of annual prizes were audited to exclude prizes whose sponsors’ were no longer forthcoming or became inoperatable due to some other administrative issues. Consequently, the list of subsisting ANA awards to date is as follows:

S/No.CompetitionCategory of EntriesPrizes
1ANA Prize for PoetryPublished   unpublished works₦100,000.00
2ANA Prize for Prose FictionPublished   unpublished works₦100,000.00
3ANA Prize for DramaPublished   unpublished works₦100,000.00
4ANA/Maria Ajima Prize for Literary CriticismFocus on criticism of emergent Nigerian Literature₦100,000.00
5ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (Short Stories collections)Published works only₦200,000.00
6ANA Children’s Literature Prize (for ages 7-13 years)Published works only₦100,000.00