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Liberian Listener Poetry Prize: Guidelines


The Liberian Listener is pleased to present its inaugural annual POETRY PRIZE, a contest informed by social justice and cultural perspectives

  • Contestants should be from Liberia and Sierra Leone. Contestants must not have been published by a major poetry journal.
  • The winner chosen in each category and runners-up will have their works published, and shared with the Liberian Listener’s audience.
  • Finally, Liberian Listener commits to publishing an annual literary prize, and the contests are expected to be informed by an issue-based theme. Prizes are expected to increase or remain the same.

Read below that for contest guidelines.


Submissions open to the following categories: 

Spoken word



Submission Deadline: July 5th, 2021

Judges: Jackie Sayegh, & Korto Reeves


1st Prize $100.00

runner up 50.00

 Open mic $70.00

runner up 50.00

Note: The Prize is meant to encourage art, poetry, culture and not solely for monetary gain but excellence!


jackie sayegh – The New Dispensation
Judge, Jackie Sayegh

An intellect and literary enthusiast, Jackie Sayegh is the Program Manager, at the Institute for African Development, Cornell University. Jackie is an essayist, poet, and activist. She is a Fulbright scholar and co-hosts the Literary Hour podcast show on Focus of Liberia/FOL, with Dr. Moses Nagbe, a Liberian literary icon! Her essay on Albert Porte is probably the best tribute ever paid to the Liberian father of Social Justice, and it is widely cited. Jackie is also an advocate for equality and women’s right!


BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Urgent Action Fund Africa
Judge, Korto Reeves

Korto Reeves is currently the Global Head of Women’s Rights in ActionAid International, a social justice federation in 43 countries globally. She served as Country Director in Liberia from 2010 to 2016 and 20 years of professional experience working across Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. She is an African feminist, poet, and strategic civil society leader. She has a master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training in Vermont, the USA, and a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Cuttington University.



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Complete Guidelines:

  • All entries must be related to this year’s theme of social justice. We selected a theme that is meant to add value to the literary landscape. We need not be surprised at the relations linking the theme and your entry.
  • The winning poet will be awarded $100.00 and has his/her works published in the Liberian Listener  (August 2021). Numerous runners-up will also be published. This amount is expected to increase in the coming years.
  • Send us up to 3 to 5 poems. For a spoken word or open mic, please upload the video of your recitation, up to 2 open mic videos per contestant: Background, Speech, Appearance, Storyline, Delivery shall be considered.
  • All works must be previously unpublished. Send a cover note if necessary. All entries must come with a bio and a photo of 600×600.
  • Submissions cannot be modified after an entry. The Liberian Listener reserves the right not to give the prize/s.
  • Judges’ decisions are final. Please do not contact the Liberian Listener or the Judges about your entry.
  • Contest entrants cannot have a close personal or professional relationship with any of this year’s judges.
  • Make sure your contact information and email address are correct, as this is the address where you will be contacted.

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