For only the second time in the eight and counting year life of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, patronage is outpacing submissions from young Antiguan and Barbudan writers and artists (35 and younger) with only four days left to go before the February 15th submission deadline. This could mean one of four things.
A. Antigua and Barbuda’s young writers and artists (35 and younger) don’t know about it… in which case tell a teacher, tell a youth worker, tell a youngster; help us get the word out… pretty please.
B. Wadadli Pen has run its course and there’s no need for a challenge that encourages young Antiguan and Barbudan writers and artists (35 and younger) to express themselves.
C. They’re intimidated and think their stuff isn’t good enough. In which case they may need a little encouragement from you (parents, teachers) because, guess what, they are so worthy. Take your best shot, that’s all we ask.
D. Hakuna Matata. They’re on it. Which means we can expect a barrage of late submissions. It wouldn’t be the first time.
So, don’t let us have to give back these really great prizes. Not when we could be seeing more smiles like this: