PLEASE NOTE: There have been some updates made to this post.
The judges have finished all rounds of judging and have culled the submissions to 11 – all set to receive category prizes with three claiming the top three slots. As we do, the stories/poems were returned to the initial long list of writers for editing before the second round of judging to determine the top three. We return the top entries to the writers with edit notes from the judges so that said entries go through at least one round of the kind of editing they would go through before publishing if submitted to a journal, anthology, or imprint for publishing. We do this because Wadadli Pen is developmental in intent, and we want the writers to focus not just on the prizes but on improving their craft. There was also a third round of judging which resulted in some adjustments to the initial long list.
As a reminder, the judges don’t receive any names or other identifying information; they evaluate the entries blind, strictly on merit. And, of course, the judges’ decisions are final. If you’re not on the list, use the disappointment to fuel your motivation to come even better next year; if you are on the list, CONGRATULATIONS.
FINALLY, this is what you came here for…
From 93 eligible entries! (a single year record), here’s the revised long list (in alphabetical order):
The Schools which will receive the prize as the school prize with most submissions – Island Academy
Authors who are winners in their age category and still in the running for the main prize –
Emma Belizaire (St. Andrew’s Primary School, student) – entry ‘Cricket is my Life’
Ashley Francis (St. Andrew’s Primary School, student) – entry ‘Our Caribbean’
Fayola Jardine – entry ‘Mango Picking Interruption’
Andrecia Lewis (Antigua State College, student) – entry ‘Strange’
Lucia Murray (St. Anthony’s Secondary, student) – entry ‘Mr Duppy’
Ava C. Ralph (Antigua Girls High School, student) – entry ‘Non fiction?’
Kaeiron Saunders (St. Anthony’s Secondary School, lecturer) – entry ‘Not Another Island Story; as told by Aunty Gah’
Shadieal Simmons (Baptist Academy, student) – entry ‘Brave Eleven-year-old saved two months Baby’
Zion Ebony Williams (Baptist Academy, student) – entry ‘Who don’t hear, will feel’
Devon Wuilliez (Island Academy, student) – entry ‘The Great Big Dumz’
Francis Yankey (Antigua Grammar School, student) – entry ‘And She Sang Fire’
Once again, congrats to the finalists; and good luck!
To the teachers, principals, parents, and others who helped students/young writers get their entries in. Processing posed some challenges for us because, frankly, everyone did not follow the submission guidelines (and that’s an understatement) but, though this has delayed final processing, we do appreciate the effort; and will work to make submitting more user-friendly.
To the team – including past winner Devra Thomas who’s helping deal with communication with patrons so that we can properly reward these writers; past finalist and our first ever intern Michaela Harris who has assisted with media and administrative tasks; returning chief judge and author (Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses, Through the Window) Floree Whyte and her team for doing the Difficult; and past winner Margaret Irish who did not know what she was walking in to when she offered to take processing of entries and communicating with entrants off of my hands (but I appreciate it).
You may have noticed, if you’ve followed our pattern over these 13 years of Wadadli Pen, that we are behind schedule-wise. Some of you have already started querying (what gives?). Well, what gives is that we have decided to open up the schedule and announce the winners during the May 13th Wadadli Stories Book Fair; call it circumstance, call it fortune but we think it’s a good blend of brands. Plus another team member Barbara Arrindell is involved with both projects – as is patron the Best of Books – so it just made sense. Though it means a longer wait for the final results. Be patient with us; we will do our best to make it worth your while.
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