Due to the short submission period and other considerations by the Designed Life team, we are pleased to inform the writing community of the following changes in the designed life contest:

  1. Entry is now absolutely free and we would be making a refund to every writer who has paid. Note that emails would be sent to everyone who has paid requesting for your account details.
  2. We would be extending submissions till 10th May 2017.
  3. The longlist will be out by 30th May 2017 which would be no more than 40 writers, the top 10 would be featured in the June Issue of the CFW EMagazine.
  4. Poetry can be sent in for a chance to win the 20,000 naira cash prize (only), Not more than 25 lines.
  5. Top 20 poets would be listed on the CFW EMagazine June Issue.

The Prizes remain the Same:

50,000 Naira for the First Category Prize (Open to Prose only)

30,000 Naira for the Second Category Prize (Open to Prose only)

20,000 Naira for the Third Category Prize (Open to Poets Only)

Note that the CFW EMagazine will not be making any other call for submissions after this for June Issue, so writers who do not send in Entries for the Designed life Contest would not be considered for shortlisting.


The contest will commence on the 30th of May, 2017, Check the Previous publication for how to win.

About the Author


Damilola is co-author of Life's Chrysalis, where he wrote “Rejection: Like Earth to Rain”. His writing has appeared in The Naked Convos, Africa on the Blog, The Guardian News Nigeria, Viva-Naija News, and Tuck Magazine. He also volunteers with PDBY News at the University of Pretoria. Damilola is an IREBS for African Real Estate Research Scholar at the University of Pretoria, where he is a Doctoral Candidate. He is the Head of Media and Strategy at Upside Africa. Damilola won the Biopage essay contest in 2018. He plays the saxophone for leisure.

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