Only one winner will emerge and that winner takes it all - 3.9 Million Naira, the bragging rights and the accolades.

But 184 poets have applied.

The entries for the 2017 edition of the prestigious Nigeria Prize for Literature, sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited have been handed over to the Advisory Board.

This flags off the judging process which is expected to climax in October 2017 when a winner will emerge. The board is chaired by Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo.

Other members of the Board include former Minister of State for Education, Prof. Jerry Agada and Professor Emeritus Ben Elugbe, who served as former President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.

"The number of entries for the 2017 edition exceeded the 2016 numbers, showing a six percent rise in the number of entries received and increasing interest in one of the biggest literary prizes in the world. This has been the trend since 2005.

"We believe that the prize has inspired writers to want to deliberately win the prize.

"This has led to the proliferation of books and increased the quality of books. The spiralling effect of this is the boost to literacy and education in the country, the foundation of cultural and socio-economic revolution.

"The impact of the prize is easily discernible and we believe that it supports our vision to help build a better Nigeria," said , NLNG's General Manager, External Relations, Dr. Kudo Eresia-Eke.

Every year, the Prize for Literature rotates among four genres - Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Children's literature. This year is for poetry.