Naija Writers’ Coach is now accepting entries from Nigerian undergraduate students for the first edition of its Annual Essay Competition. The contest with the theme “Does The Nigerian Education System Prepare Students For The Work Environment?” is intended to serve as a national platform for Nigerian students to express their opinions on pressing national issues, and advance workable and sustainable solutions to them.
Each entry which makes it to the final will be judged based on:

  • CONTENT: This encompasses quality and relevance of arguments, innovation and advancement of a personal opinion, originality and practicability of recommendations.
  • ORGANIZATION: Logical and orderly presentation of points
  • ENDEARING AND GRAMMATICAL EXPRESSIONS: This encompasses concord, diction, etc.
  • MECHANICAL ACCURACY: This entails avoidance of punctuation and typographic errors.

Worth of Awards

  • The sum of N15,000, N10,000 and N7,000 would be awarded to the first, second and third prize winners respectively.
  • Also, all the 10 finalists shall be entitled to receive the Naija Writers’ Companion – a collection of 3 awesome softwares and 3 ebooks on writing – worth N4,000.

Eligibility
Absolutely any Nigerian undergraduate student can participate in the competition.
How to Apply

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  • Each entry must be an essay. Poems, short stories, fictions, etc. are not acceptable.
  • Each entry must be between 600 and 1,000 words.
  • No co-authored work would be accepted.
  • Submissions should be made through a form obtainable online as MS Word attachment, font size 12, Times New Roman, double line spacing. Fill in all required fields in the submission form and click on “Finish Survey”. You should receive a “Thank you” message upon a successful submission. Submissions by email would not be accepted.
  • All received entries would be acknowledged by email within 24 hours of submission. If you do not receive an acknowledgement after 24 hours, please try to resend your entry.
  • Each entrant must ensure that his/her essay is free from plagiarism.
  • All essays received and which are publishable would be posted on the Naija Writers’ Coach between 21st April and 25th April, 2013.
  • After the publication of the entries, voting would commence and last till 13th of May, 2013.
  • Voting would be enhanced on the entries through Polldaddy.
  • On the 14th May, 2013, the 10 most popular entries (finalists) based on the number of votes received would be forwarded to the panel of judges for grading.
  • On the 24th May, 2013, the 3 winners would be announced. Winners would also be notified by email.

Deadline: Submit your entry on or before 20th April, 2013 (by 11:59pm)
Click here to apply and for more details