The Princewill Okigbo short story prize initiative has announced two Judges for the 2019 Princewill Okigbo Short Story Prize. And they are: I.S. JONES a queer American / Nigerian poet and music journalist. A Graduate Fellow with The Watering Hole and holds fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT Writer’s Retreat, and Brooklyn Poets Fellow and Ogochukwu Ukwueze a renowned Lecturer from the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

This maiden literary prize was established by Friends of the Late Princewill Nnaemeka Okigbo to commemorate the memory of the young man renowned for his love of literature and an unnatural zeal to always reach out to his friends.

And the theme of the competition is that of “reaching out”, “of touch“. of how our “actions and in actions” affect the life of others albeit negative or positive. Finally is about “helping one another and not helping one another”

Let’s take a closer look at the judges

Photo credit: Nicholas Nichols (@maruneboy)

I.S. JONES is a queer American / Nigerian poet and music journalist. She is a Graduate Fellow with The Watering Hole and holds fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT Writer’s Retreat, and Brooklyn Poets Fellow. She is the 2018 winner of the Second Annual Brittle Paper Award in Poetry. In 2016, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. During poetry month (April), I.S. hosts a month-long workshop called The Singing Bullet. She is a Book Editor with Indolent Books, Editor at Voicemail Poetry, freelances for Complex, Earmilk, NBC News Think, Ambrosia for Heads and elsewhere. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Kweli Journal, Winter Tangerine, The Rumpus, The Offing, The Shade Journal, great weather for MEDIA, Anomalous Press, and elsewhere. She is an MFA candidate in Poetry at UW-Madison as well as the first Kemper K. Knapp University Fellowship recipient. She splits her time between Southern California and New York.

Ogochukwu Ukwueze teaches literary theory and criticism in the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He edited the University of Nigeria literary journal, The Muse. In addition to teaching, his career includes reviewing and critiquing literary works.

Please note –the deadline for submissions to the 2019 Princewill Okigbo prize is 1st August 12am

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