I hope, with time, that this becomes an institution on its own, as well as a major preliminary outlet for younger, aspiring, writers.
I had announced this prize out of passion. I had imagined something so big, but considering my financial reality, I toned it down.
Happened that there are still great people out there. People who see how much effort we try to put into something and they support it.
The prize money has been increased. Cradle would be giving out 100 thousand Naira to three Nigerian secondary school students for just one poem each. This would make it the biggest poetry prize for secondary school students.This isn’t without the the help of our sponsors and I am immensely grateful.
The deadline for submission has also been shifted, so that students would have more time to write and send in good poems.
I am hopeful for cradle, and I hope a lot of people are. Someone said to me, I hope, with time, that this becomes an institution on its own, as well as a major preliminary outlet for younger, aspiring, writers.
I hope for this also. And I hope you encourage a child to be a part of this. Tell a child to write a poem, and help them submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Adaeze Michael Nwadike,
founder, Arts Lounge,
Cradle Poetry Contest,
African poetry school.