This Monday (International Women’s Day, March 8th 2021), I appeared on ABS TV’s Good Morning Antigua Barbuda to discuss the current season of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. I haven’t been able to pull the video but click the screen capture below to go to their facebook live to view the video (interview appears in the segment that begins at 2:08:20 and runs to 2:16:43).
The main point though is that “this year, we’re encouraging reflection especially on 2020, because I think you’ll agree that 2020 was a year unlike any other.” As usual, though, the priority is on the creative arts in general; so participants can write on anything they want. “The mental stress of this past year that we really have not processed; there’s been so much uncertainty from day to day, whether it’s about our health or about our work, or about just what direction the world is going in, there’s been so much uncertainty and I think, for me at least, writing has been the way that I process life. I know people process in different ways but for those who process through writing or drawing, because we have a combo writing and drawing possibility as well within the competition, we want to give you the outlet to express it whatever age you are.”
That’s the other main point, Wadadli Pen is open in 2021 to all ages. “Typically there is (a youth-focused age limit) but I think this year has been rough on all of us so we’re opening it up…99 to 9.”
That said -and a more formal announcement on this is pending- there will be a special prize for the 12 and younger age category, in the name of a recently deceased former finalist in this category, sponsored by his father. You’ll hear it in the interview if you click and it is mentioned on the Wadadli Pen 2021 tab but it being as significant as it is, we want to make sure it’s properly announced; so a press release on that will be forthcoming.
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