In 2014, the Burt Award for Teen/Young Adult Caribbean literature finalists were
All Over Again – A-dZiko Simba Gegele (Jamaica)
Musical Youth – Joanne C. Hillhouse (Antigua and Barbuda)
Inner City Girl – Colleen Smith Dennis (Jamaica)
In 2015, the winners were
Children of the Spider – Imam Baksh (Guyana)
Dolphin Catchers – Diana McCaulay (Jamaica)
Dancing in the Rain – Lynn Joseph (Trinidad and Tobago)
In the first year, one, mine was an unpublished manuscript; in 2015, all three were unpublished manuscripts and, just like my Musical Youth, all three will be finding their way to your book shelves in a matter of months.
After this year’s announcement, Executive Director of CODE, the Canada based non profit which sponsors the Burt Award said, “We’re very excited that all three winning works this year are manuscripts, as it means the Awards are succeeding in helping generate new writing. A key objective is to encourage authors to write for young people, regardless of whether or not they already have a publishing deal…We know we can turn more youth on to reading if they have access to amazing books that truly speak to them, and our Award, combined with a guaranteed purchase, allows this to happen. Its win-win-win, as the market for Caribbean publishers is strengthened, Caribbean authors are rewarded for their craft and many thousands of entertaining, engaging books get into the hands of Caribbean youth.” Read More.
The next round of the Burt Award has been announced. So, there’s nothing left to say really except, get writing!
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