Arojah, KCCN call for entries in Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast

Arojah Concepts in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria, KCCN, will again join the rest of the world in commemorating the World Poetry Day with its annual Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast, organised for the first time in 2011.

A statement signed by Om’Oba Jerry Adesewo for Arojah Concepts said this year’s edition, which is the fourth in the series, will focus on celebrating poetry and the spoken word and the deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, February 28.

“With the theme, ‘Poetry: An ancient art with contemporary relevance’, it will see interested poets mimic/imitate any poetic form or poet across the world on a worthy subject of current global relevance,” the statement explained.

The organisers said this year, as part of efforts to extend the reach of the annual event, the competitive part of the feast will feature a secondary school category so that secondary school students in Nigeria can participate in the annual contest.

Apart from mimicking/imitating poetic forms/poets, interested poets can submit their entries adhering to the following guidelines: Priority should be giving to Korean and Nigerian poets of entrant’s choice, each poet can enter a maximum of five poems as a single entry and all entries must conform to the above focus/theme.

Also, all entries must be the original work of the poet and not previously published, should be in a single file of a word document, sent only as an attachment as entries sent as an inbox text will be disqualified.

The organisers further stated that all entries should be sent to knpf.wpd@gmail.com orarojahconcepts@yahoo.com with the subject box marked KNPF 2014 SUBMISSION, while entries from from students of senior secondary schools in Nigeria are to be sent to koreanculturalcentre@ gmail.com A shortlist of eight poems/poets from each category (School and Professional/Adult Category) selected by a three-man panel will be announced on Friday, March 14.

Meanwhile, cash prizes, certificates and Korean branded souvenirs will be presented to winners during the fourth Korean Poetry Feast in Abuja on FRIDAY, MARCH 21, which is World Poetry Day celebrated the world over.

According to the statement, the highlight of this year’s celebration will be the poetry feast on March 21st which will feature poetry performances by guest poets and other performance groups in Abuja and the public presentation of the cross-cultural anthology, From Here To There, a selection of submissions from the last three editions of the annual feast, edited by Mallam Denja Abdullahi, Mr. Kwon Yong-Ik and Adesewo.

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