Apply for Stellar Prize

Deadline: February 18, 2019

Deadline: February 18, 2019

About the Prize

The Stellar Prize is a prestigious award for outstanding youths (between the ages of 14 and 45) who have shown exceptional talent or skill in specific areas. The Stellar Prize is the first of its kind and is primarily focused on young talents in literature. The Stellar Prize is one of the projects of The Stellar Community, with the mission of empowering youths and young talents in Africa, as well as all over the world. The award is usually in the form of prize money, and certificates. In addition to this, the expenses to attend the award ceremony, which would be held in Cape Verde for the 1st Stellar Prize, is covered by The Stellar Community. The award ceremony is held in a different country each year. To learn more about The Stellar Community and make donations, please visit The Stellar Prize is usually awarded annually. This year, we are recognizing talents in poetry and short stories, and we encourage applications from all over the world for The Stellar Prize.

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The Stellar Prize is divided into three award categories:
1. Junior Stellar Prize (for ages between 14 and 18)
– only for participants within Africa
  • First Place Winner:  700,000 Naira (approx. $2,000 USD)
  • Second Place Winner: 400,000 Naira (approx. $1,200 USD)
  • Third Place Winner: 200,000 Naira (approx. $600 USD)
  • Plus 4 Honorable Mentions
2. Stellar African Prize (for ages between 19 and 45)
– only for participants within Africa
  • First Place Winner: 1 Million Naira (approx. $3,000 USD)
  • Second Place Winner: 500,000 Naira (approx. $1,400 USD)
  • Third Place Winner: 250,000 Naira (approx. $700 USD)
  • Plus 4 Honorable Mentions
3. The Stellar International Award (for ages between 18 and 45)
     – only for participants outside Africa
  • First Place Winner: 1 Million Naira (approx. $3,000 USD)
  • Second Place Winner: 500,000 Naira (approx. $1,400 USD)
  • Third Place Winner: 250,000 Naira (approx. $700 USD)
  • Fourth Place Winner: 100,000 Naira (approx. $300 USD)
  • Plus 5 Honorable Mentions
  The Stellar Youth Award (SYA) (aged between 18 and 45)
    – for participants from all over the world


  • You have to be between the ages of 14 and 45 (14 and 45 inclusive) by the time of submission. Participants in the Junior Stellar Prize have to be between the ages of 14 and 18 (14 and 18 inclusive). Participants in The Stellar Prize have to be between the ages of 19 and 45 (19 and 45 inclusive).
  • Any nationality can participate. All applications, from anywhere in the world, would be reviewed for this award insofar it complies with the guidelines. Applicants from outside Africa are considered only for the Stellar International Award and the Stellar Youth Award. Applicants from Africa, however, are only considered for the Junior Stellar Prize.
  • Entries must be unpublished poems or short stories.
  • Poems cannot be more than 45 lines in length, and short stories cannot be more than 2000 words.
  • All poems written in another language must bear an English translation. An exception to limit on the number of lines are allowed for this case.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed.
  • Only submissions done through this official website are accepted.
  • Any profession or background is accepted. Experience, affiliation with an institution or school, or professional background is not a factor considered for The Stellar Prize. Anyone can apply if within the age limit.
  • The judges’ decision is final and cannot be appealed.
  • Only poems and short stories are accepted for the 1st Stellar Prize.
  • Employees of IEZEF or its subsidiaries, their relatives, and family members are not eligible to participate.
  • Past winners for The Stellar Prize will not be awarded future Stellar Prize. However, they would still be considered for the Stellar Youth Award (SYA).
  • Former winners of SYA Award are not eligible to compete.
  • Former winners of The Junior Stellar Prize will not be awarded future Junior Stellar Prize but may compete in future for other Stellar Prizes.
  • Entries for the Junior Stellar Prize are not considered in The Stellar Youth Award (SYA) selection.
  • Nominations are allowed. Nominations for the annual Stellar Prize are still subject to the submission fees; however, nominations for The Stellar Teacher Award, which is awarded every five years to the best-nominated teacher, is free. To nominate for The Stellar Teacher Award, you must be a partnering organization/entity or a registered non-profit organization.
  • Although special cases may arise and be excused, only registered nonprofit organizations, partners, and donors to IEZEF or The Stellar Prize are eligible to make nominations for The Stellar Teacher Award.
  • The poems and short stories awarded The Stellar Prize, for winners who accept the award, are copyrights of The Stellar Community, and may be commercialized by The Stellar Community. However, poets would always be given credit and receive royalties on their work.


  • You can make your submissions here.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed and encouraged.
  • The deadline of the first bid for The Stellar Prize submission is June 11, 2018, by 0001hrs WAT (West African Time). The second bid would end by November 8, 2018, and the third and final bid would end by February 18, 2019.
  • For the Early Bid Application, the following fees apply for both categories of the Stellar Prize:
    1. The submission fee for the first submission is $5 USD (approx. 1,800 Naira).
    2. Every other subsequent submission costs $3 USD (approx. 1,000 Naira).
  • At most 50 works can be submitted in one entry. However, multiple submissions are allowed and advised. After June 11, 2018, the entry fee for the second bid would be $7 (approx. 2,500 Naira) for the first submission and $4 (approx. 1,400 Naira) for each subsequent or additional entry. This ends by November 8, 2018. The entry fee for the third and final bid which would end by February 18, 2019 is $9 (approx. 3,200 Naira) for the first submission and $5 (approx. 1,800 Naira) for each subsequent entry. 
All submissions must be made online through our official IEZEF website here!
Only these submissions would be accepted.
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