Here, Wadadli Pen will be celebrating award wins by Antiguan and Barbudan writers. It came about when I’d bump in to them but couldn’t figure out where to put them. The Antiguan and Barbuda Writings pages are bibliographies, and neither the Reviews page nor the journal publications page were right. So, here we go. Please note, this page is a work-in-progress. As with the other named sections, it will be updated somewhere between when I find updates and when I find the time to post them. I’m not ranking the awards at this point (some are local, some regional, some international, some prestigious, some not so much…I’m just adding them as I can). No omissions or errors (and there are plenty, no doubt) are intentional. As always if you have information that will help me flesh out the content, let me know. Conversely, if you wish to be removed, no problem, just let me know that too.
Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge wins are not listed here but if you want to see the winners of that in-house prize through the years, go here.
Tammi Browne-Bannister wins the Marguerite Cobb-McKay Prize which The Caribbean Writer (a literary journal put out by the University of the Virgin Islands) presents each year to an emerging Caribbean fiction writer.
Chrys-ann Ambrose receives an Indie Author Legacy Award (non-fiction) for her book Operation Game-Plan. Held for the first time in 2016, the award was designed to specifically celebrate non-fiction literacy geared towards the promotion of social awareness, education and personal transformation.
Zahra Airall and the team from Antigua Girls High School win awards for costuming, lighting, acting, originality, writing, directing, and overall execution at the Antigua and Barbuda Secondary Schools Drama Festival.
Joanne C. Hillhouse’s fairytale ‘With Grace’ earned honourable mention in the Desi Writers Lounge fiction contest: “This story came ever so close to making it to the top three. With Grace combines feelings of love, hate, greed and generosity to weave a powerful narrative that is magical in spirit and human in character. Hillhouse is an accomplished writer and her elegant prose shines through in this story.” (Desi Writers Lounge judges statement) The story goes on to be published as a children’s picture book released in December 2016.
Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Award to Joanne C. Hillhouse for contribution to journalism, literary arts, and youth development in Antigua and Barbuda
Joanne C. Hillhouse’s manuscript Musical Youth is first runner-up/second placed for the Burt Award for teen/young adult Caribbean fiction at the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad – the book is released later in the year under the regional Caribbean Reads imprint
Caribbean Canadian Literary Award for Outstanding Contribution to Caribbean Canadian Literature – from A Different Booklist, Toronto, to Althea Prince
Linisa George – National Youth Award for literary arts; that year, the group she co-founded with Zahra Airall, Thomasine Greenaway, and Greschen Edwards (Women of Antigua) also claimed a prize for Activism.
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo wins Yale University’s Martin Luther King Birthday Invitational Slam (his seventh such win; he is also a repeat winner of the Connecticut Grand Slam championship)
Ryerson University Faculty Award-the Kay Livingstone Award-to Althea Prince
Joanne C. Hillhouse received the David Hough Literary Prize from the Caribbean Writer.
Outstanding Person of the Year – the Antigua Girls’ High School Alumni Association of North America, New York, USA – to Althea Prince
Hazra Medica’s short story ‘The Banana Stains’ was Highly Commended in the Commonwealth Short Story competition
Floree Williams (now Whyte) received the (Antigua and Barbuda) National Youth Award for achievement in the literary arts; don’t remember if it was also for literary arts but Zahra Airall also received an NYA in this year
V-Monologues literary prize to Shakeema Edwards from Women of Antigua; who that year also won the Dancing Nude in the Moonlight Next Chapter contest sponsored by the Best of Books
Joanne C. Hillhouse received the Michael and Marilee Fairbanks International Fellowship to participate in the Breadloaf Writers Conference.
Althea Prince receives the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts
Carolyn Providence was nominated for the Best Spoken Word album at the National Underground Spoken Word and Poetry Awards.
Vivian Michael and Akilah Jardine receive (Antigua and Barbuda) National Youth Awards for achievement in the literary arts; Joanne C. Hillhouse is named honourable mention.
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda’s Jubilee Award for Outstanding Contributions and Achievements in the Field of Arts and Culture to Althea Prince
Joanne C. Hillhouse received a UNESCO Honour Award for her contribution to literacy and the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda.
Mary Geo Quinn Highly Commended for her short story ‘Joe’, an entry for the Commonwealth short story prize
Jamaica Kincaid’s Autobiography of My Mother was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction (USA), the PEN Faulkner Award , and Boston Book Review Fisk Fiction Prize; also a National Book Award nominee for My Brother
Alexander Sideris Fine Arts Award to Mali Olatunji for his image ‘Solitude in Fall’ which can be seen in The Art of Mali Olatunji by Mali Olatunji and Paget Henry
Date unknown, unsure, unconfirmed