The 2016 OCM Bocas Prize Longlist

On the short list (i.e. the finalists are): Tiphanie Yanique in poetry; Olive Senior in fiction; and Jacqueline Bishop in non-fiction. Congratulations to them all.

Wadadli Pen

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…

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