Gems in Words


Date Events
1st to 30th April 2022 Registration open across the country
20th May 2022 Competition scope sent out to registered entrants
20th June 2022 Closure of submission of entries
27th June to 18th July 2022 Judges review and selection per zone
1st August 2022 North Zonal Presentation – Kaduna
8th August 2022 West Zonal Presentation – Ibadan
15th August 2022 East Zonal Presentation – Port Harcourt
22nd August 2022 National Finals – Lagos
23rd September 2022 Launching of “Gems in Words 2022” – Poems and stories selected from Poetry and Short Story Competition of 2022

Terms and conditions of entry

a. A Nigerian Resident.

b. Currently enrolled in Secondary School or finished/dropped out of school in the not more than 365days before the submission closing date;

c. Aged between 11yrs and 18yrs – This must be your age at the time of the closure of submissions;

d. Application must be endorsed by the Parent/Guardian or School Teacher/Principal;

e. Pay the entrance fee.

f. Submit entry in accordance to the following rules:

      i. Upload a passport size picture of yourself taking not older than 3 months before the closing date of submissions;

     ii. Entry must be originally written by you – no help from any third party is accepted.

     iii. Must be 500 words or less;a

     iv. Written in word document with 14 pnt lettering.

     v. Received online through the submission portal not later than the submission closing date

     vi. By submitting on our portal, you are acknowledging that this is your original work and not a copy of any work done by others anywhere.

g. You are granting us the full rights to:

     i. Publish your submission in “Gems in Words 2022” – A compendium of poems and stories selected from Poetry and Short Story Competition of 2022;

     ii. Use your submission and pictures as we deem fit to promote the competition and all future competitions.

h.  Accept the decisions of our selection panel as final and not contestable in any law court or manner.