The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize nurtures and showcases the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. Its flagship project, since its launch in 2004, has been the Wadadli Pen Challenge. Read about it here and read all winning Challenge entries here. “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.” – Daryl George, 2012 – 2014 finalist and 2016 winner. Read his full letter here. “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.” – Liscia Lawrence, finalist 2004 – 2005, 2014. Read her full letter here.

The second largest Wadadli Pen project is this website which is according to one international blogger  “a huge archive of anything literary that is Antiguan and Barbudan …the sheer volume of information here is highly useful and the effort is commendable.”

As of 2020, Wadadli Pen now has its own YouTube channel. Wadadli Pen became a legally registered non-profit in 2021.

Our banner is updated quarterly with covers of books by Antiguans and Barbudans – last update February 2022 with books by former Wadadli Pen finalist and award winning popular independent romance book author Rilzy Adams. See Antiguan and Barbudan Writings for more.

Welcome! Dig around, follow to keep up with the updates, comment, participate, contribute, volunteer. To contact us email wadadlipen@gmail.com.

Copyright of the winning Wadadli Pen stories and/or art work featured on this site belongs to the creators of the individual works. The Wadadli Pen logo was created by Ken Shipley. Other blog content, except otherwise noted, is created and/or maintained by Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator, Antiguan and Barbudan author Joanne C. Hillhouse. Reblog or share (non-commercially) with credit but site content should not be  distributed, transmitted, used for commercial purposes, altered, and/or built upon without credit to and the consent of the copyright holders.