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IBPF Calls for Submission

Note that The Speaking Heart has no connection with the said organisation, or inquiries should be forwarded to the mail address provided in the post


This is to invite interested poets to apply for the first IBPF Poetry Workshop. The Workshop is specifically for the upcoming and potential Nigerian writer who desires to be mentored by an established poet.

The mentorship programme is an 8-week workshop via virtual interaction including email exchanges between mentor-poet and mentee-poet. This interaction will lead to an invitation to a Residency in Ibadan, for selected poets who fulfill communicated objectives in the course of their mentorship programme.


We welcome applications from all interested poets, including beginners and others with publishing history seeking further competence in the art. The main requirement to participation is an evidence of considerable commitment to form/presentation.

The first IBPF Poetry Workshop would begin on 12 June 2016, and we are encouraging YOU to apply.

Submit 5 poems with a brief note on why you think you should be a part of this workshop. Please note that what we seek is promise, not perfection.

Please add a professional biography including publications, degrees, and some relevant personal information, and the poets you admire, if applicable.

Deadline for submissions is May 2, 2016, 12PM GMT.

List of selected poets would be announced on the website.

For more information, send an email to ibadanpoetryfoundation@gmail.com

About the author


Bada Yusuf Amoo holds B.A in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, he is the publisher of thespeakingheart.com. He started the website in 2015, he has published both his works and other budding writers and poets on the website. He is a public commentators and his articles are on different websites.