How to Contribute, How to Submit


Like all current and previous donors you can give cash or prizes to the annual awards programme and related activities. All funds raised are put back into the programme to cover prizes, administrative expenses, and related programmes. Email us at if you’re interested in giving.


Wadadli Pen usually takes place in the first half of the year, but keep checking back here for information on the submission deadline as well as the specific theme (if any), word limit, and art specifications of that particular year. As a general rule, though, it’s important to keep in mind that, as of 2010, we give prizes in three age categories –  12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 to 35 – in addition to the overall prizes. Also in 2010, for the first time, prizes were given out for visual art and literary work.  Legal residents and nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are eligible. Entries must be emailed. When the winners are named, all prizes must be collected in person (no prizes will be shipped off island). Entries must reflect a Caribbean sensibility, must be original, and should be creative.  Originally limited to fiction, with no sub-genre limitations, Wadadli Pen in 2010 opened up to poetry and creative non fiction; also a visual arts category was added.

As has been the case from the beginning, entrants understand that submissions may be published, posted or broadcast for promotional and educational purposes. The copyright of the work remains with the creator with the understanding that Wadadli Pen has non-exclusive right to distribute it in the ways stated.

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