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Chapbooks

Poemify Publishing Inc. publishes four chapbooks (three poetry, one prose) in ebook format. Excited to publish with us? Read the guidelines below to determine the category that best fits you and your manuscript.

Our chapbooks are sold at Poemify Bookstore and Okadabooks.

Pengician Poetry Chapbook Series

(15 April–15 May)

In 15 April–15 May only, Poemify Publishing Inc. accepts unsolicited chapbook-length manuscripts from writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The Pengician Poetry Prize is designed to give aspiring poets the opportunity to self publishing their first chapbook at no cost. Our open submission period aims to advance the careers of emerging writers by printing their work in beautiful, hand-bound editions. Submissions are open to finalists, but not winners of Poemify Publishing Inc. prizes. One chapbook per year is selected by Poemify Publishing Inc. staff, more when our budget allows.

For details, visit the submission page.

Ikeogu Oke Poetry Prize

(1 Dec–31 Dec)

Our annual poetry prize proudly honors author, journalist and award-winning poet, Ikeogu Oke. In 2017, he won the Nigeria Prize for Literature for his first collection of poetry ‘The Heresiad’. The Ikeogu Oke Poetry Prize is awarded annually to a poet whose work explores life in Africa. Special attention is given to poems that exhibit multiple vectors of thinking: artistic, theoretical, social, religious, and political.

  • Open to poets at any stage of their career.
  • NGN 1,500 reading fee; Entries paneled and judged by a guest judge.
  • Winner receives NGN 50,000 cash prize plus 25 contributor copies.
  • Winner receives royalties contract option (25% print/50% digital).

For details, visit the prize page.

  • Only open to poets without a published full-length book.
  • No fee, no guest judge, no prize money.
  • Poet receives royalties contract (50% digital).

Poemify Prose Prize

(15 Sept–15 Mar)

The Poemify Prose Prize is awarded annually to a chapbook-length work of exceptional fiction or creative nonfiction. The work may be in the form of a long story or essay or a collection of short pieces (60 pages max). Other than the page limit, the only formal requirement is that some aspect of the work explores life in Africa. Special attention is given to stories that exhibit multiple vectors of thinking: artistic, theoretical, social, religious, and political.

  • Open to writers at any stage of their career.
  • NGN 2,500 reading fee; Entries paneled and judged by a guest judge.
  • Winner receives NGN 50,000 worth book publishing prize, 25 contributor copies.
  • Winner receives royalties contract option (25% print/50% digital).

For details, visit the prize page.