Friday, December 5, 2008


With a strong belief that women have some of the greatest potentials that go unrecognized and unnoticed, this award is opening up more creative spaces for them to excel. The Beverley Nambozo poetry award is open to all Ugandan females from the age of 20 to 40 who are residing in Uganda. The award, which was launched in December 2008, will recognize upcoming Ugandan female poets. There are three prizes to be won. Working with Uganda Women Writers’ Association (FEMRITE), this award, the first ever of its kind is another opportunity for women to push the pen.

The first prize is 200 US dollars.
Second prize is 100 US dollars.
Third prize is 50 US dollars

· Ugandan females from the age of 20 to 40 who are also residents of Uganda
· Poetry of not less than 15 lines which do not exceed 30 lines
· Poetry that has never been published before
· Each participant may submit up to 3 poems of any theme.
· The deadline for the 2009 award is March 31st 2009 at midday GMT and results will be announced in July 2009 during the FEMRITE week of activities.

Submissions will be accepted by email to:- and
The poems should be submitted in English with a title page including Title of poem, Name of poet, phone number and email address. The poets’ names should not appear with the poems themselves.
Hilda Twongyeirwe:
Currently the Coordinator of FEMRITE. She is a published writer of both adult and children's fiction. Fina The Dancer, her children's book is an all time favourite amongst children. Hilda is the founder of Women Writers Africa Network, an association that aims at promoting creative writing amongst women of Africa.

Sam Iga:
A Ugandan entrepreneur who has large experience in creative writing especially poetry. He has often taught at workshops and has inspired many upcoming Ugandan writers. Sam also has a knack for public speaking and persuasion.

Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva:
Currently serving on the FEMRITE Executive Board and also working at The Eastern African sub-Regional Support Initiative (EASSI). Her passion for poetry and writing has led to several publications and now is a chance for her to open up more space for Ugandan women.


Emma said...

Hi Beverley,

That's a briliant idea. We will rally behind you. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

We are proud of you Beverley,and shall pass the message on to the poets!
Congratulations!& 'Never Give Up'
Mary Dutki Ekoru

Nambozo Nsengiyunva said...

Thanks Mary and Emma.
I encourage more women to write and submit. There is enough success in the world for everyone.

Stella Nyanzi said...

Power to the women writers of Uganda!
More power to the poetesses!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Stella. welcome others to join too.