• Stories can be on any theme, but there will be special prizes for the best ‘Origins’ and best ‘Liberate Love’ stories
  • The word limit is 600 per entry.
  • Entries can be in any literary genre and/or style, but they must be Caribbean in spirit.
  • Entries must be original and previously unpublished.
  • Each writer is allowed up to three entries.
  • Entries must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word format, to wadadlipen@yahoo.com (either as an attachment or copied into the body of the email).
  • Subject line should read ‘WADADLI PEN CHALLENGE 2012 submission (plus the main author’s initials)– for example, if I were submitting, it would read: WADADLI PEN CHALLENGE 2011 JCH – attachments without the appropriate subject line will not be opened.
  • Include (on a separate page) contact info – your name, age, gender, school (if any), email, phone, address and, if below age 18, the name of your parent/guardian and contact number; if 18 and over, include place of employ or institution of study.
  • Be sure to name your story/poem.
  • Submit a short bio – no more than five lines; and an even shorter story summary – not a blow by blow account of the story but a synopsis which should include the central theme, main characters, and plot synopsis: in other words what’s the story about? Or in the case of a poem something about what inspired it.
  • Judges will deliberate and work with the short listed writers on editing the top submissions, readying them for publication and final ranking. Short listed writers will be required to cooperate in a timely manner during this process, reviewing edits, redrafting and resubmitting as necessary.
  • Be sure to declare that you are the creator and owner of the story or art work submitted, and that you are granting permission to use said creation to the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. Be sure to review our Terms of Use before doing so.
  • Joint submissions are acceptable but all names must be listed and winners will have to divide the prizes among themselves (there will not be duplication of prizes).
  • Any legal resident or citizen of Antigua and Barbuda may enter, provided he/she is 35 years or younger. Contingent on the quality of the entries, winners will be selected in the 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 to 35 age categories, with three overall best writers being selected as well – these may come from any of the age categories. Theme specific prizes will also be given, if deserving. The winner with the overall number one spot is the winner whose name will be added to the Challenge plaque sponsored by the Best of Books.
  • Antiguans and Barbudans not resident on the island may also enter provided they can designate a resident Antiguan and Barbudan to collect their winnings; prizes will not be shipped overseas.
  • The 2011 submission deadline is February 17th 2012.
  • Winners will be announced (and rewarded) in March 2012 at a ceremony hosted by the Best of Books.
  • Winners should receive prizes submitted by various sponsors (we are in the process of soliciting said prizes) and divided at the discretion of the Wadadli Pen team.


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