A single satire will sometimes effect more good than a hundred sermons

PIETRO ARETIN, attributed in Day’s Collacon

Applications are no longer open for the 2020 Punocracy Prize for Satire! (We thank the entrants and are currently going through the submissions.)

Punocracy is a community of young writers of satire in Nigeria that was launched in March 2018 to encourage free speech, promote critical thinking, and spread political consciousness.

Our objective is to make satire a widely accepted and understood tool of socio-political commentary in the country and to kindle the fire of interest in the genre. In short, we are on a mission to improve satirical literacy and create a safe space for writers and lovers of satire.

In further advancing these goals, we are seeking entries for the second edition of the Prize for Satire, the winners of which will be getting cash prizes of up to N200,000. We believe other forms of writing, from poetry to non-fiction, have received great attention and it is high time we equally spotlit the significance of satirising in opinion-shaping and nation-building. There is hardly a better way to do this than through a healthy rivalry.

All submissions that make it to the longlist will be published on Punocracy’s website, after which a shortlist of no more than 20 entries will be announced latest in October. Overall winners will be awarded during the World Satire Day celebration the following month.

Judges are looking for great works of satire, and by definition, this includes articles that creatively deploy wit, irony, sarcasm, and/or ridicule in criticising faults. Entries may take the shape of prose, drama, news, poetry, a speech, a bill, a letter, a manual, a prophecy, an essay, an advert, or even quasi-scriptural passages. Whatever works for you really. There are also no restrictions on topics. We, however, encourage that the selected topic is approached in a way that will make the work relevant for a long period.

This year, we are also introducing a complemental prize for entries in satirical visual art/political cartooning to be judged separately. Kindly note that, by entering for this prize, you agree your article or artwork can be used by Punocracy and may be published in the public domain via electronic or printed media.

The second edition is proudly sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, a non-profit German cultural association that encourages international cultural exchange and relations, under its Support and Connect programme. We are also delighted to be receiving book prizes from Light Multifarious Books.

Our judges

We are honoured to have as our judges two highly proficient and distinguished personalities: Chuma Nwokolo, lawyer, publisher, and author of Diaries of a Dead African, The Extinction of Menai, and other books; and Elnathan John, lawyer, satirist, and author of Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide, Born on a Tuesday, and other books.

Eligibility

Applicants should be Nigerians aged between 15 and 30 years as of July 19, 2020.

Only one entry is allowed per person.

Also, the entry must:

Be written in English and saved in a .doc format (for articles) and .pdf (for cartoons).

Be anything between 300 and 1500 words (for articles).

Not be plagiarised in part or in whole.

Not be jointly authored or created.

Not have been previously published.

Most importantly, be satirical.

Prizes

First place (Literature): N70,000, books, and certificate.

First place (Visual art): N50,000, books, and certificate.

Second place (Literature): N50,000, books, and certificate.

Third place (Literature): N30,000, books, and certificate.

Deadline

11:59 pm (GMT+1), Sunday, July 19, 2020

Application

Please visit this page to apply for the competition.


Winners from last year


For enquiries, send a WhatsApp message to or text +2347054856729. You can also shoot an email to hello@punocracy.com.