Call For Submissions: Kofi Awoonor Poetry Prize 2024 

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The 2024 Kofi Awoonor Poetry Prize is currently accepting submissions from writers across the world to participate in the ongoing poetry contest.

Established in honour of Kofi Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet, author and diplomat, the prize aims to promote African literature, support emerging writers, and preserve Awoonor’s legacy by encouraging literary excellence, reflecting African culture and experiences by recognizing outstanding literary works, particularly poetry. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Only one unpublished poem per submission. Multiple submissions by the same writer are not allowed.
  • Do not submit any poem that has previously appeared in a chapbook, anthology, full-length collection, social media, or any literary magazine.
  • The submitted poem should not exceed 50 lines. Epigraphs and the poem’s title are not part of the line count.
  • Do not include your name or biographical information in your submission document. 
  • Any submission that does not follow these guidelines or is received after the deadline will be discarded unread.
  • Close friends, family members, and recent students of the judge are not eligible for this prize.
  • No entry fee is required.

To submit your entry for the poetry contest, kindly send in your entry  as a PDF or Word document including the following only in the body of the email: Name, Phone Number, Email, and Country of Residence to

For more information on the Kofi Awoonor Poetry Prize, kindly click here.

Best of luck to all applicants!


Bakare Oluwatobiloba

I write to educate, motivate and define history with literature. Just being me!