Here, Wadadli Pen will be celebrating award wins by Antiguan and Barbudan writers. It came about when I’d bump in to laudatory accomplishment (beyond publishing) 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.
Alexis Andrews wins the Donald Gosling Award for best television or film contribution at the Maritime Media Awards for Vanishing Sail –
Joanne C. Hillhouse nominated for the Astrid Lindgren prize
Joanne C. Hillhouse’s children’s picture book With Grace selected for the USVI Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge
Jamaica Kincaid announced as winner of the Dan David Prize for being “one of the most important and influential writers today”. This prize is administered by Tel Aviv University
Spilling Ink receives the Antigua and Barbuda National Youth Awards literary arts award
Joy Lawrence awarded Antigua and Barbuda’s OH – Officer of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage – during the Independence Day Ceremonial Parade
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 wins Antigua and Barbuda’s National Youth Award in the literary arts category
Angelica O’Donoghue wins National Youth Award Young Journalist Award and Asha Graham wins the NYA Literary Arts Award
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.
Lady of Parham, a David Edgecombe play set in Antigua and Barbuda, is short listed for the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Awards for Best Drama
Alexis Andrews wins the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
Alexis Andrews’ film Vanishing Sails wins the Caribbean Spirit Award for Best Overall Feature at Canada’s Caribbean Tales awards
Joanne C. Hillhouse received the Caribbean Writer Flash Fiction Prize for the story ‘When we Danced’.
Dorbrene O’Marde long-listed for the Bocas Prize for the Short Shirt biography Nobody Go Run Me
Althea Prince named by the Harbourfront Centre as a Canadian Literary Pioneer
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
Glen Toussaint and Linisa George are National Youth Award winners
Brenda Lee Browne named as a finalist for the Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize administered by the Bocas Literary Festival
PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award & Whiting Writers’ Award to Rowan Ricardo Philips for The Ground
‘Amelia at Devil’s Bridge’ by Joanne C. Hillhouse is short listed for the Small Axe fiction prize.
Dorbrene receives Calypso Composer prize from the Wadadli Calypso Association
Linisa George selected as Antigua and Barbuda’s representative to the Poetry Parnassus festival in London, an Olympics adjacent event which included a representative from each participating country; her selection (Brown Girl in the Ring) was subsequently published in a collection called The World Record
Althea Prince shortlisted as one of Canadian Immigrants Top 25 Immigrants
Ashley Bryan awarded the Coretta Scott-King Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
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
Melissa Gomez’s Silent Music wins Best Documentary at the Caribbean Tales film festival
Joanne C. Hillhouse’s short story ‘Genevieve’ short listed for the Small Axe fiction prize.
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)
Kimolisa Mings wins Independence Literary Awards – poetry and overall (Antigua and Barbuda)
Shakeema Edwards (a Wadadli Pen alum) third placed (adult story category) Independence Literary Awards (Antigua and Barbuda)
Ryerson University Faculty Award-the Kay Livingstone Award-to Althea Prince
Brenda Lee Browne awarded National Youth Award (Antigua and Barbuda) Lifetime Achievement Award
Joanne C. Hillhouse received the David Hough Literary Prize from the Caribbean Writer.
Joanne C. Hillhouse received a certificate of recognition from JCI West Indies as one of Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the region.
Hazra Medica named a Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest finalist for Ode to a Night in Ale
Education, Leadership, and Community Service Award – the Antigua Girls’ High School Alumni Association of North America, New York, USA – to Althea Prince
Dorbrene O’Marde receives the Friend of the Arts Sunshine Award
Zahra Airall and Linisa George win National Youth Awards (Antigua and Barbuda) for their promotion of the literary and theatrical arts
Rev. Denise Smith-Lewis wins poetry and story prize; and Shakeema Edwards wins the story prize in the 12 and 17 age category (also a runner-up, poetry and spoken word) in the Antigua and Barbuda Independence Literary Arts Competition
Ashley Bryan receives the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Rev. Denise Smith-Lewis wins poetry prize in the Antigua and Barbuda Independence Literary Arts Competition
Ashley Bryan receives the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his book Let it Shine
Hazra Medica’s short story ‘The Banana Stains’ was Highly Commended in the Commonwealth Short Story competition
Ashley Bryan awarded by the New York Public Library alongside Salman Rushdie, Nora Ephron, and Edward Albee
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
Howard and Mitzi Allen received National Youth Awards as Pioneers in Filmmaking
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.
National Awards – Officer of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage, OH – Dr. Bille Dyer & Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation, KCN – Keithlyn Smith
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
The Marguerite Cobb McKay Literary Prize, The Caribbean Writer to Edgar O. Lake
The Marguerite Cobb McKay Literary Prize, The Caribbean Writer & The Leonard Tim Hector Annual Lecture Memorial Award to Edgar O. Lake
Ashley Bryan receives the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his book Beautiful Blackbird
Joanne C. Hillhouse, Joy Lawrence, Sylvanus Barnes, and others received a UNESCO Honour Award for contribution to literacy and the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda
Motion won the 2002 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation National Poetry Face-Off competition.
Mary Geo Quinn Highly Commended for her short story ‘Joe’, an entry for the Commonwealth short story prize
East Midland Arts New Writers Award to Brenda Lee Browne
Arnold Prince receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Rhode Island
Mary Geo Quinn receives the King of Redonda literary award for her memoir Recollections
Lannan Literary Award for fiction to Jamaica Kincaid
Ashley Bryan receives an Illustrator honour from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards for Ashley Bryan’s ABC of American Poetry
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
PEN American Writers Fund Award to Edgar O. Lake
Ashley Bryan receives an Illustrator honour award from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards for All Night, All Day: a Child’s First Book of African American Spirituals
Jamaica Kincaid claims the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre “CHOICE AWARD” for children’s book: How The East-Pond Got Its Flowers – Althea Prince
Ashley Bryan receives an Illustrator honour award from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards for What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals
Ashley Bryan receives an Author honor from the Coretta Scott King Awards for his book Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales
Shortlisted for the PEN Faulkner Award for At the Bottom of the River – Jamaica Kincaid
Ashley Bryan wins an Illustrator honor from the Coretta Scott King Awards for I’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals
Jamaica Kincaid’s At the Bottom of the River won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award
Ashley Bryan receives the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his book Beat the Story Drum, Pum Pum
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
Quill & Scroll Award, Fort Benjamin Harrison Journalism Award, Indiana to Edgar O. Lake
Roy H. S. Dublin’s Tomorrow’s Blossoms, first published in 1934 to commemorate the tercentenary year of the colonization of Antigua and the centenary year of emancipation, was awarded the King’s Medal.
Date unknown, unsure, unconfirmed –
Elizabeth Abbott’s Sugar: A Bittersweet History short listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
PEN Award for his journalistic work to Leonard Tim Hector
Other wins by Jamaica Kincaid – the Prix Femina Étranger, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award