Origins, Liberating Love; the Focus of Wadadli Pen 2012
16th January 2012
The Wadadli Pen 2012 Challenge in partnership with the Best of Books is inviting submissions of poems and short stories from Antiguans and Barbudans between now and February 17th 2012.
You don’t have to create to a specific theme but your stories, as usual, do have to be Caribbean in spirit. Don’t interpret this to mean you have to create in a box but rather use the Caribbean as the foundation from which you will let your imagination fly. Returning to its roots, when it started in 2004, the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize 2012 edition will not limit you to a single theme; let your Muse be your guide and write about whatever you want. That said, in addition to the prizes within age categories (12 and younger, 13 to 17, 18 to 35) and for the overall winners, judges will select best stories under the themes Origins and Liberate Love. For those of you who need it consider it a prompt.
Liberate Love as a theme is a tie in with a new campaign, of the same name, set to be launched here in 2012; while the idea behind Origins is to encourage us “to dream our own dreams, let our imaginations run free for a while”, to quote Caribbean author Joanne Gail Johnson. Origins, therefore, can range from physical to mythological, from the origin of an idea to the origin of a country. We really want to encourage you to push the boundaries, break with convention; take risks.
Entries must be original, created by you, and previously unpublished; they can be no more, give or take, than 600 words; and each individual is allowed up to three submissions. You must be 35 years or younger to enter, and you can write in any genre.
Parents and teachers, here’s an opportunity to provide a new challenge for young people in your lives; build their literacy skills, while drawing on their knowledge and experience and unleashing their imagination.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.