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FYI – Wadadli Pen update

Be advised that the judging round of the Best of Books Wadadli Pen Challenge 2011 has begun. This year’s judges are Dotsie Isaac Gellizeau, an Antiguan and Barbudan poet who made her name on the local open mic circuit before releasing her spoken word CD Absoulutely Dotsie and going to have her work featured in different fora such as the presentation of Wednesday’s Child during the 2010 production of When A Woman Moans, and Brenda Lee Browne, writer and former coordinator of the A & B Independence Literary Arts competition who has mentored many young writers. The roughly 40 submitted pieces will be shortlisted and the top three in each age category returned to the writers for editing and resubmission before the final ranking per age category (12 and under, 13 to 17, 18 to 35) and for overall winner is done. The winning pieces will be posted on the Wadadli Pen website and possibly elsewhere.

Winning pieces must be in the genre of children’s literature, must be creative and interesting, and in the spirit of the Caribbean. We continue to look for writing that engages.

Registrations have started to come in, meanwhile, from artist (35 and younger) interested in creating illustrations for the top stories. Interested artists can continue to submit their names until the first round of judging is completed later this month. Extracts will then go out for visual interpretation along with guidelines from art teacher Renee Philip, also organizer of St. Anthony’s Sidewalk Art Festival. If you like to draw, we invite you to submit your name, age, gender, location and contact information to wadadlipen@yahoo.com

As founder/coordinator of the competition, I am still in the process of soliciting sponsorship as all winning writers and artists will be awarded prizes. Thanks so much to the sponsors who are already on board.

Winners will be awarded during the planned June anniversary street book fair.

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WRITING TIPS

For Wadadli Pen Competition Guidelines go here; it’s important that you read and follow the guidelines when submitting

Draw on Caribbean lore, attitudes, values, environment, sensibility, and your own experience; feel free to make up a world with wholly new characters and/or creatures, to reflect your own world, to incorporate real life characters from the past or present, to invent your own characters, to have both invented and real characters play in the same pool. There are no limits on imagination.

Engage and amuse your reader; have fun with it.

Enrich your stories with detail, authenticity and sensitive treatment of issues. “Description is hard. Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand.” – Anne Enright, author

Draft and redraft until you have it just right.

“I write, rewrite, add, delete, analyze and synthesize continuously until I feel a sense of satisfaction with the piece.” – Malachi Smith, poet  http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/2009/01/so-much-things-to-say-malachi.html

“Editing is everything. Cut until you can cut no more. What is left often springs into life.” – Esther Freud, author

Use proper spelling, grammar, punctuation – take the time to proof your submission or have someone do it for you.

Keep in mind that a story is more than just a chronology of events and pay attention to things like plotting, character development, pacing, tone, style, and rhythm – yes, rhythm. “A story needs rhythm. Read it aloud to yourself. If it doesn’t spin a bit of magic, it’s missing something.” – Esther Freud, author

Make it fresh.    “Beware of clichés (including clichés of response, observation, thought, conception as well as expression)” – Geoff Dyer, author

Show don’t tell…tighten it up…pay attention to pacing – http://www.unheardwords.com/tform.htm (The Problem of Form by Bill Manville)

Further reading:

Examples of past Wadadli Pen winners who’ve created close to the kind material desired are:

Stray Dog Prepares for the Storm by Gemma George (2004) https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/stray-dog-prepares-for-the-storm-by-gemma-george-2

Fictional Reality by Rilys Adams (2005)
 https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/a-nuclear-family-explosion-by-siena-k-margrie-hunt

and The Creation by Rosalie Amelia Richards (2006)  https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/the-creation-by-rosalie-amelia-richards

Also check out other winning pieces categorized by year elsewhere on this site and visit our Reading Room or check this Caribbean children’s literature site where perhaps you’ll find inspiration.

Of course, we think you can do better. Do not attempt to mimic these, dip into your own imagination and see what comes out.

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Your work will be reviewed by our judges and, if shortlisted, will be returned to you (with judges’ comments) for editing before final selection and announcement of winners. This means that the submissions may be edited for grammar and clarity, tone, consistency, and flow (as works routinely are, before publication) but you will have the opportunity to review and either approve or reject any suggested changes and re-submit before the final judging decision is made.

Winning pieces will be posted on the Wadadli Youth Pen web site https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com and may be circulated to other sites promoting Caribbean literature and Caribbean children’s literature in particular. This would be strictly for promotional purposes (not for profit). Additionally, with your submission, you grant the organizers of this contest, first time publication rights and non-exclusive right to publish the work thereafter in other formats with the understanding that the work will not be used for profit unless appropriate arrangements are made with you, the writer. Additionally, you will retain your copyright and have the option to use the work however you wish once the winners have been announced and awarded and the work has been posted to the Wadadli Pen web site.

If you are selected as a winner, you understand as well that you may be called upon to make media appearances as well as readings at the request of the organizers of Wadadli Pen (i.e. this will be a courtesy, your schedule allowing, not an obligation; and is in the interest of promoting you – the writer, the contest, and the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda).

It is understood that beyond the prizes you may collect as a winner of this competition, if you are successful, no additional compensation will be due or forthcoming provided use of the work remains not-for-profit.

The goal is encourage the literary arts and to create as many avenues as possible for showcasing some of the best young writing coming  out of Antigua and Barbuda. In doing so, we respect artiste’s copyright and have no intention of profiting from your work. If the opportunity to publish or use the work for profit is presented to us this will not be done without your consent and without appropriate arrangements being made.

If you have concerns that may be a deterrent to submitting or need clarity on any of the terms posted here, please email wadadlipen@yahoo.com

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