Below are the results from the Bocas people re the 2016 long list of the only Caribbean-specific prize for authors across the fiction, non fiction, and poetry. Only one Antiguan and Barbuda has to date been long listed for the prize – Dorbene O’Marde in 2015 for his Short Shirt biography Nobody Go Run Me. I’ve inserted the countries of this year’s finalists below. – JCH, WadPen blogger
The Prize longlist, announced by the judges on 6 March, 2016, includes three genre categories: books of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction.
BURN, by Andre Bagoo (Shearsman) – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Providential, by Colin Channer (Peepal Tree Press/Akashic Books) – JAMAICA (RESIDENT IN THE US)
Wife, by Tiphanie Yanique (Peepal Tree Press) – THE USVI W/DOMINICAN ROOTS (RESIDENT IN THE US & THE USVI)
Fifteen Dogs, by Andre Alexis (Coach House Books) – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (RESIDENT IN CANADA)
The Whale House and Other Stories, by Sharon Millar (Peepal Tree Press) – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The Pain Tree, by Olive Senior (Cormorant Books) – JAMAICA (RESIDENT IN CANADA)
Madinah Girl, by Anna Levi (Karnak House) – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The Gymnast and Other Positions, by Jacqueline Bishop (Peepal Tree Press) – JAMAICA (RESIDENT IN THE US)
’Membering, by Austin Clarke (Dundurn) – BARBADOS (RESIDENT IN CANADA)
Ties That Bind: The Black Family in Post-Slavery Jamaica, 1834–1882, by Jenny M. Jemmot (UWI Press) – JAMAICA
The winners in each category will be announced on 27 March, 2016, and the Prize of US$10,000 will be presented to the overall winner on Saturday 30 April at a special ceremony during the sixth annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain (27 April–1 May). The other two genre winners are awarded US$3,000.
Read more about the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize longlist here.