UPDATE – for an open letter to Wadadli Pen finalists (and all budding writers), go here.
After the first round of judging, these are the names of the writers tapped by one or more of the judges in this year’s Wadadli Pen Challenge. Each entry is evaluated blind by at least two judges in round one and then by the chief judge in round 2 after which they will be returned to the respective writers for final editing. Who’ll make the final cut? That’ll be decided in the second round of judging and revealed during the awards ceremony. These are the ones still in the running (you may notice some familiar names *see links* from previous Wadadli Pen Challenges).
12 and younger
Chammaiah Ambrose (Sunnyside)
Vega Armstrong (St. Nicholas)
Juliet Browne (Villa Primary)
Zuri Holder (Antigua Grammar School)
Rhea Watkins (St. John’s Catholic Primary)
13 to 17
Asha Graham (Antigua Girls High School)
Michaela Harris (Antigua Girls High School)
Isheba Simon (Antigua State College)
18 to 35
Danielle M. Benjamin
Latoya Aretha Honore
Jamila H. K. Salankey