Burt Award: You Can Now Submit Your Books

Submissions are now being accepted for the second round of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature until October 24th, 2014.

Established by CODE with the generous support of Canadian philanthropist William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, in partnership with Bocas Lit Fest, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award given to three English-language literary works for Young Adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. 

A First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second Prize of $7,000 CADand a Third Prize of $5,000 CADwill be awarded to the winning authors this year.  

Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies. Published books and self-published books published between 1 October 2012 and 23 October 2014, as well as unpublished manuscripts, are eligible for the award. All submissions must be received by the Bocas Lit Fest by 24 October 2014. The winners will be announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2015. 

To consult the guidelines and access the entry forms, please visit: www.bocaslitfest.com/burt-award-for-caribbean-literature

For additional information, please contact Catherine Belshaw, CODE’s Literary Awards Officer, at cbelshaw@codecan.orgor Bocas Lit Fest at burtaward@bocaslitfest.com    

Post note: re Burt Award YA for Caribbean Literature, Year 1 – winner and third placed writer were A-dZiko Gegele and Colleen Smith-Dennis (both of Jamaica) and Joanne C. Hillhouse (Antigua) placed second. Yes, that’s me; I encourage all Antiguan and Barbudan writers to get writing and submit. Readers, look out for my book Musical Youth which was submitted in manuscript form and will shortly be in the hands of teen and young adult Caribbean readers thanks to this prize.

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