The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize is a programme designed to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. It’s flagship project, since its launch in 2004, has been the annual Wadadli Pen Challenge. Here are testimonials from two past finalists:

“Writing for the Wadadli Pen Challenge this year wasn’t easy: and that is precisely why it’s so beneficial, year in and year out. It is only through effort that we can grow, and only through difficulty can we triumph… I hope that those who had the fortune to receive feedback from this challenge will continue to broaden their talents, and to hone their skills to become even better writers.” – Daryl George, winner 2016 and finalist 2012 – 2014
Read his full letter here.

“Before the Wadadli pen, I would have never thought that anyone would be interested in anything I had to say, I mean who would want to listen to the ramblings of a little child…Wadadli pen opened the door to my creativity, it inspired me to let go of my fears and speak out, and most of all it helped me to channel all the energy I had by simply putting pen to paper giving something a narrative shape and in so doing I began to believe in the shape of my life again, in beginnings, and middles, and endings.” – Liscia Lawrence, finalist 2004 – 2005, 2014 Read her full letter here.

Wadadli Pen has done a lot more (read about us here) but the second largest project is this website which we are happy to say has become a useful literary resource as championed by this fellow blogger: “My research for a book to read set in and written by an author from Antigua and Barbuda was hugely simplified by the wonderful blog maintained by Joanne C. Hillhouse (wadadlipen.wordpress.com). Its a huge archive of anything literary that is Antiguan and Barbudan trying to capture every book written in every genre by an Antiguan and Barbudan author or an author having roots here along with every reference to a work from such an author, a list of awards won plus book reviews! The sheer volume of information here is highly useful and the effort is commendable.”

Courtesy Sweet Dreams, a cake to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary.

Courtesy Sweet Dreams, a cake to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2014.

Welcome! Dig around to learn more about us and the arts in Antigua and Barbuda, and beyond. We encourage you to subscribe to or follow the site to keep up with updates; be sure to comment and participate; and if you need to contact us directly, do so via wadadlipen@yahoo.com Thank you.

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