Three entrants emerge winners for the August-October 2023 Edition



We are thrilled to announce the winners of the August-October 2023 edition of the Splendors of Dawn Poetry and Short Short Story Competition, featuring the captivating theme “Breaking Chains, Building Trust: Nigeria’s Accountability Revolution.” We received an inspiring array of poems and short stories that tackled this critical topic with creativity, passion, and literary finesse. We want to thank all the talented entrants who made this edition an extraordinary success.

Below are the winners

1st Place: “Prayers for a Country of Reintroduced Shege” by Sa’ada Isa

2nd Place: “Litany That We All Do Not Someday Rewrite Our Bodies into Sad Songs” by Bella Ogwuche

3rd Place: “Here Is no Place for Dreams, Yet” by Chinụalụmọgụ Ọfọdile



Our heartfelt congratulations go out to these outstanding poets and writers who have demonstrated remarkable skill in addressing the theme and captivating our readers with their words.

Sa’ada Isa’sPrayers for a Country of Reintroduced Shege” beautifully captures the spirit of Nigeria’s Accountability Revolution, inviting us to reflect on the journey toward a better future. Bella Ogwuche’s “Litany That We All Do Not Someday Rewrite Our Bodies into Sad Songs” weaves a compelling narrative that resonates with the challenges of accountability and change. Chinụalụmọgụ Ọfọdile’s “Here Is no Place for Dreams, Yet” presents a thought-provoking exploration of trust and transformation in Nigeria.


We extend our sincere gratitude to all the writers who participated in this competition. Your unique voices and perspectives have enriched the literary landscape, contributing to the ongoing discourse on accountability in Nigeria.

We also want to express our deepest appreciation to our sponsors, the Center of Information Technology and Development (CITAD) and the MacArthur Foundation. Your unwavering support has made it possible for us to continue fostering creativity, discussion, and positive change through the written word.

The Splendors of Dawn Poetry and Short Short Story Competition remains committed to promoting and celebrating the talent and imagination of Nigerian writers. We look forward to the next edition and the new voices that will shine a light on the issues that matter most to our society.

Thank you again to all our entrants, sponsors, and readers for your support and enthusiasm in making this edition a resounding success. We look forward to bringing you more literary excellence in the future.

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