Win up to N200,000 Cash Prize for Nigerians in the Punocracy Prize for Satire 2020

If you’re a Nigerian writer of satire, submit to the Punocracy Prize for Satire 2020 those articles of yours that creatively depict and reflect wit, irony, and sarcasm for a chance to win up to N200,000. 

Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, the second edition of the contest comes with no restrictions on topics. Entries are accepted in form of prose, drama, news, poetry, a speech, a bill, a letter, a manual, a prophecy, an essay, an advert, or even quasi-scriptural passages. 

Join this community of young creatives, create premium and profound satire to be understood by an audience that gets it.  

Submit your entries now to have it published on the Punocracy website, be initiated into a  safe space for writers, connect with other lovers and creators of satire in Nigeria and if you win, get a prize on top of it all.

Application Deadline: July 19, 2020


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In a separately judged category, this year’s edition of the contest introduces entries in satirical visual art/political cartooning for a complementing stand-alone prize. 

All contestants in the Punocracy Prize for Satire 2020 get:

  • To be part of a campaign committed to improving satirical literacy in Nigeria
  • To exercise free speech in a friendly environment, and spread political consciousness
  • Their submissions published on Punocracy’s website
  • Access to a community of like-minded young creatives

Overall winners of the contest get:

  • First place (Literature): N70,000, books, plus certificate.
  • First place (Visual art): N50,000, books, plus certificate.
  • Second place (Literature): N50,000, books, plus certificate.
  • Third place (Literature): N30,000, books, plus certificate.


To be eligible for the contest, applicants:

  • Must be Nigerian nationals 
  • Must be between 15 – 30 years of age as of July 19, 2020.

Requirements for the Entries 

It’s required that all entries must:

  • Be written in English 
  • Be saved in a .doc format (for articles) and .pdf (for cartoons).
  • Be anything between 300 and 1500 words (for articles).
  • Be original from start to finish without any form of plagiarism.
  • Individually authored or created. Not group/duo-created.
  • Not have been previously published.
  • Be satirical and created in a way that will make the work relevant for a long period
  • Only one entry is allowed per person 

Entries that do not meet these criteria are automatically disqualified.

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Application Instructions

  • Applicants should note that by joining this contest, they agree that their articles or artworks can be used by Punocracy and may be published in the public domain via electronic or printed media. 
  • Eligible candidates should click here to apply for the competition. 

About Punocracy Prize for Satire 2020

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 political consciousness. 

Nigeria’s first strictly satirical blog, Punocracy aims to be home to different species of Nigerian satirists, where societal issues can be addressed using the tools of pun, humor, and wit. 

Punocracy Prize for Satire 2020, the second edition is sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, a non-profit German cultural association that encourages international cultural exchange and relations, under its Support and Connect program. 

 The Contest is also supported and provided book prizes by Light Multifarious Books.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

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

20 shortlisted entries will be announced no later than October. 

Overall winners will be awarded during the World Satire Day celebration the following month

  • Each entry will be reviewed thoroughly and selections will be made based on the originality of ideas and issues addressed

    The Contest will be judged by two highly proficient 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.

2019 edition

Winners from 2019 Punocracy prize for satire are:

  •  1st Jesuferanmi Igbinigie 
  • 2nd Winlade Israel 
  • 3rd Funmilayo Obasa
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