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We are excited to announce the Pengician Poetry Chapbook Series Prize (PPCSP), 2022 longlist.

We received a large number of entries for the Pengician Poetry Chapbook Series this year. Our judges; Opia-Enwemuche Maxwell Onyemaechi, Jaachị Anyatọnwụ, Nkasiobi Mbonu and Adepoju Isaiah Gbenga, chose the 2022 longlist. The goal of this prize is to give literary support to budding poets who are willing to publish their works. We thank you for sharing your thought-provoking works. Hearty congratulations to everyone who made the 2022 longlist.

The winner will be announced on July 1st, 2022.


Opia-Enwemuche Maxwell Onyemaechi is a master storyteller, a poet and a novelist who loves adventure, culture and uphold God. His poem, The gods are Angry was listed in the anthology, Footmarks: Poems on One Hundred Years of Nigeria’s Nationhood. He has written a full-length novel, ‘The Oracle of Isieke‘ which is available on Okadabooks through this link. He is currently working on a collection of stories. Catch a glimpse of his poetry, short stories and opinion on https://maxxzymusdapoetblog.wordpresss.com

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Nkasiobi Mbonu is a scientist, photographer, and poet currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. She aims at telling beautiful stories in artistic forms. Her work has been published on ChannelsTV, Guardian LifeMag, and other websites.

Adepoju Isaiah Gbenga is a poet, writing from Osun State. He/him/his, like his vision of attaining an extraordinary point with his poetry. He works as an intern for the International Model of the United Nations.

Jaachị Anyatọnwụ is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. His chapbook ‘Eighteen Expressions‘ was shortlisted in the Libretto Chapbook Series, 2021. He is the author of Amina, 30, Write Me A Poem‘, Sunshine and Flowers’, Diary of a Broken Poet’, Nwa Di Uto, ‘Sweetness’ and several other creative writing and authorship self-help books.

Thoughts On The Contest

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this submission. It was such an awesome moment to read and select the best pieces. We need to be really sincere as there were many excellent pieces submitted. We are pleased with the number of submissions received and hope next year’s submissions will be more impressive. The chapbook jury/editors read and selected a ten-(10) work 2022 longlist out of twenty-three (23) manuscripts submitted. We will publish the four winners for this year’s edition. The shortlist of four (4) winners will be released on July 1st, 2022.

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The following are all the authors’ names, chapbook titles, and countries of the ten manuscripts that made the 2022 longlist (in no particular order).

  1. On the Mount – Overcomer Ibiaduradara Ibiteye (Nigeria)
  2. White Sun Incandescence Osy Mizpah Unuevho (Nigeria)
  3. We Live To Leave – Victoria Ilemobayo (Nigeria)
  4. Here We Go Again – Comfort Lihle Chamane (South Africa)
  5. In Conversations – Abasiama Nora Udom (Nigeria)
  6. Courageous – Abigail-Tydale Bassey (Nigeria)
  7. Here Is Like a Grief-yard – Kwaghkule Aondonengen (Nigeria)
  8. Tales Of Love Alshaad Mahomed (Mauritius)
  9. MÆCENAS: Poems by Singular Poet Bongani Zungu (South Africa)
  10. Binoculars Haruna Abdukmajid (Nigeria)

About The Pengician Poetry Chapbook Series

The Pengician Poetry Chapbook Series Prize is an annual competition designed to give aspiring poets the opportunity to self-publish their first chapbook at no cost.

Follow this link to read more about how to submit your work for consideration on our call for submissions, Issue IV Poemify Magazine, theme: Peace, and click here to download and read Pengician Poetry Chapbook Series 2020. Follow this link to read previous issues of Poemify Magazine.

Hearty congratulations to the longlisted writers!

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