‘To Be A Man’- Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition: “To Be A Man”


Kwani Trust, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of a poetry competition on the subject “To Be A Man”. This is to encourage the emergence of nuanced and contemporary poetry that asks questions about masculinity and gender in a changing world.

The chief judge of the competition is John Sibi-Okumu; other judges are Muthoni Garland, Stephen Partington and Garnett Oluoch-Olunya.

The competition offers the top three finalists cash prizes of USD 300, USD 500 and USD 1000 each. The three finalists will also have the opportunity to perform their winning poem during Ford Foundation’s Masculinity conference at the Godown Art Centre in November, 2007.

Competition Rules:

  1. Poets are allowed a maximum of three entries each, not exceeding five hundred(500) words per entry.
  1. No handwritten entries will be allowed. Use double spacing and font Times New Roman size 12 on a plain white background (no colour, please).
  1. The competition is only open to Kenyan nationals currently residing in the country.
  1. The competition closes at midnight on Monday October 15th. Entries dated or postmarked after this date will not be accepted.
  1. Entries may be sent via post or via email to the following addresses:

Via Email:

To: poetry@kwani.org with the subject line “To Be A Man”

Attach your poems to your email; please do not paste the poem into the body of the email. The attachment must be in either MS Word (*.doc)

Or Rich Text Format (*.rtf).

Via Post:

To: “To Be A Man” Poetry Competition

P. O. Box 2895

Nairobi, 00100, KENYA


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