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Only One Week to the Wadadli Pen Awards

Are you excited?

The Wadadli Pen Awards, which will be held 5:30 p.m. as part of the Wadadli Stories Book Fair, takes place on May 13th. That’s next week Saturday. We’re looking forward to it here at Wadadli Pen, too. That’s when our Finalists will be rewarded and the ultimate winners announced, which we would not have been able to do without the contributions from our generous patrons. Whew! This is the longest gap we’ve ever had between the actual awards (which launches every year in January) and the awarding (typically late March/early April), but I’m sure our patrons and finalists will agree that they have a bigger spotlight as part of the Wadadli Stories event. Believe it or not, even with a permanent team in place, we’ve needed all of that time. And then, once the 2017 Wadadli Pen Challenge season is wrapped, the team can exhale… until we get back to planning and executing the transition of Wadadli Pen from this project I launched back in 2004 in to a proper non-profit which could potentially out last even me. I dream. Anyway, hope to see you if you’re in Antigua at the book fair. There’ll be something for everyone from the Spelling Bee for the kids to the Erotic tent for the adults and somewhere in between a mini-comic-con complete with cosplay for the kids at heart. There’ll be professional development panels (such as my panel on editing), literacy activities (such as testing), readings (including my reading for the little ones from With Grace and for the older ones from Musical Youth), and much more. Go to the Wadadli Stories page for all the details.

17854813_10154497215021188_8497364273538347535_oFor more local arts events on our radar, go here

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Fish Outta Water, Musical Youth, and With Grace). All Rights Reserved. Seriously, a lot of time, energy, love and frustration goes in to researching and creating content for this site; please don’t just take it up just so without even a please, thank you or an ah-fu-she-subben (credit). If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.


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The Year So Far (What’s Blogging)

I was curious, so I checked, which posts on the Wadadli Pen blog have been on fire since the start of the year (5 most popular) and which failed to catch (5 least popular). I decided to post as it gives you an opportunity to check out posts you may have missed.

On Fire:
1. Wadadli Pen has its First Intern – Meet Michaela
2. Mailbox – National Youth Awards (Results!)
3. Nelson’s Dockyard: On Becoming a World Heritage Site
4. Wadadli Pen Challenge 2017 – the Long List
5. Wadadli Pen 2017 Launches

Failed to Catch:
1. (tie) A & B Arts Round Up March 22nd 2017 forward, RIP Sir Derek (a re-post)
3. (tie) Little Prissy Palmer: a short-short by Joanne C. Hillhouse (a re-blog), Four Caribbeans out of 21: the Commonwealth Short Story Long List (though, in all fairness, this was just posted yesterday)
5. (tie) Throwback Q & A: Musical Youth (a re-blog), With Grace Now Available OnlineThe Other Daughter (a re-blog), A & B Arts Round-up February 20th 2017 forward (a re-post), Lorna Goodison to Succeed Mervyn Morris as Jamaica’s Poet Laureate (a re-blog)

Did you miss anything?

And what to make of this… that you like re-posts and re-blogs about as much as you like stale bread?

p.s. the top search terms bringing people to the blog this first quarter of 2017…

“playwright and screenwriter of Antigua and Barbuda” (note: you can find that information here and here)

“king obstinate obituary” (he’s still with us, though you’re welcome to read about him here and read some of his song lyrics here)

“west indies usa by stewart brown” (don’t have anything on this specifically, but you’re welcome to check out the Caribbean bibliography)

“miss antigua dj” (don’t have anything on this)

“wadadli pen” (you’ve come to the right place; welcome!)

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Fish Outta Water, Musical Youth and With Grace). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Antiguans and Barbudans Awarded

Here, Wadadli Pen will be celebrating award wins by Antiguan and Barbudan writers. It came about when I’d bump in to laudatory accomplishment (beyond publishing) but couldn’t figure out where to put them. The Antiguan and Barbuda Writings pages are bibliographies, and neither the Reviews page nor the journal publications page were right. So, here we go. Please note, this page is a work-in-progress. As with the other named sections, it will be updated somewhere between when I find updates and when I find the time to post them. I’m not ranking the awards at this point (some are local, some regional, some international, some prestigious, some not so much…I’m just adding them as I can). No omissions or errors (and there are plenty, no doubt) are intentional. As always if you have information that will help me flesh out the content, let me know. Conversely, if you wish to be removed, no problem, just let me know that too.

Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge wins are not listed here but if you want to see the winners of that in-house prize through the years, go here.

2017 –

Joanne C. Hillhouse nominated for the Astrid Lindgren prize

Joanne C. Hillhouse’s children’s picture book With Grace selected for the USVI Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge

Jamaica Kincaid announced as winner of the Dan David Prize for being “one of the most important and influential writers today”. This prize is administered by Tel Aviv University

ink-awardSpilling Ink receives the Antigua and Barbuda National Youth Awards literary arts award

2016 –

Joy Lawrence awarded Antigua and Barbuda’s OH – Officer of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage – during the Independence Day Ceremonial Parade

Tammi Browne-Bannister wins the Marguerite Cobb-McKay Prize which The Caribbean Writer (a literary journal put out by the University of the Virgin Islands) presents each year to an emerging Caribbean fiction writer

Chrys-ann Ambrose receives an Indie Author Legacy Award (non-fiction) for her book Operation Game-Plan. Held for the first time in 2016, the award was designed to specifically celebrate non-fiction literacy geared towards the promotion of social awareness, education and personal transformation

Zahra Airall wins Antigua and Barbuda’s National Youth Award in the literary arts category

2015 –

Angelica O’Donoghue wins National Youth Award Young Journalist Award and Asha Graham wins the NYA Literary Arts Award

Zahra Airall and the team from Antigua Girls High School win awards for costuming, lighting, acting, originality, writing, directing, and overall execution at the Antigua and Barbuda Secondary Schools Drama Festival.

Lady of Parham, a David Edgecombe play set in Antigua and Barbuda, is short listed for the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Awards for Best Drama

Alexis Andrews wins the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

Alexis Andrews’ film Vanishing Sails wins the Caribbean Spirit Award for Best Overall Feature at Canada’s Caribbean Tales awards

Joanne C. Hillhouse received the Caribbean Writer Flash Fiction Prize for the story ‘When we Danced’.

Dorbrene O’Marde long-listed for the Bocas Prize for the Short Shirt biography Nobody Go Run Me

2014 –

Althea Prince named by the Harbourfront Centre as a Canadian Literary Pioneer

with_grace-3d-standingJoanne C. Hillhouse’s fairytale ‘With Grace’ earned honourable mention in the Desi Writers Lounge fiction contest: “This story came ever so close to making it to the top three. With Grace combines feelings of love, hate, greed and generosity to weave a powerful narrative that is magical in spirit and human in character. Hillhouse is an accomplished writer and her elegant prose shines through in this story.” (Desi Writers Lounge judges statement)  The story goes on to be published as a children’s picture book released in December 2016.

Tim Hector Award

Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Award to Joanne C. Hillhouse for contribution to journalism, literary arts, and youth development in Antigua and Barbuda

Accepting Burt Award trophyJoanne C. Hillhouse’s manuscript Musical Youth is first runner-up/second placed for the Burt Award for teen/young adult Caribbean fiction at the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad Musical Youth the book is released later in the year under the regional Caribbean Reads imprint

2013 –

Glen Toussaint and Linisa George are National Youth Award winners

Brenda Lee Browne named as a finalist for the Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize administered by the Bocas Literary Festival

PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award & Whiting Writers’ Award to Rowan Ricardo Philips for The Ground

‘Amelia at Devil’s Bridge’ by Joanne C. Hillhouse is short listed for the Small Axe fiction prize.

Dorbrene receives Calypso Composer prize from the Wadadli Calypso Association

2012 –

Linisa George selected as Antigua and Barbuda’s representative to the Poetry Parnassus festival in London, an Olympics adjacent event which included a representative from each participating country; her selection (Brown Girl in the Ring) was subsequently published in a collection called The World Record

Althea Prince shortlisted as one of Canadian Immigrants Top 25 Immigrants

Ashley Bryan awarded the Coretta Scott-King Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Caribbean Canadian Literary Award for Outstanding Contribution to Caribbean Canadian Literature – from A Different Booklist, Toronto, to Althea Prince

Linisa George

Linisa George – National Youth Award for literary arts; that year, the group she co-founded with Zahra Airall, Thomasine Greenaway, and Greschen Edwards (Women of Antigua) also claimed a prize for Activism

silent-music-1Melissa Gomez’s Silent Music wins Best Documentary at the Caribbean Tales film festival

Joanne C. Hillhouse’s short story ‘Genevieve’ short listed for the Small Axe fiction prize.

2011 –

Iyaba Ibo Mandingo wins Yale University’s Martin Luther King Birthday Invitational Slam (his seventh such win; he is also a repeat winner of the Connecticut Grand Slam championship)

Kimolisa Mings wins Independence Literary Awards – poetry and overall (Antigua and Barbuda)

Shakeema Edwards (a Wadadli Pen alum) third placed (adult story category) Independence Literary Awards (Antigua and Barbuda)

Ryerson University Faculty Award-the Kay Livingstone Award-to Althea Prince

Brenda Lee Browne awarded National Youth Award (Antigua and Barbuda) Lifetime Achievement Award

Caribbean Writer Award (2)Joanne C. Hillhouse received the David Hough Literary Prize from the Caribbean Writer.

Joanne C. Hillhouse received a certificate of recognition from JCI West Indies as one of Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the region.

2010 –

Hazra Medica named a Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest finalist for Ode to a Night in Ale

Education, Leadership, and Community Service Award – the Antigua Girls’ High School Alumni Association of North America, New York, USA – to Althea Prince

Dorbrene O’Marde receives the Friend of the Arts Sunshine Award

Zahra Airall and Linisa George win National Youth Awards (Antigua and Barbuda) for their promotion of the literary and theatrical arts

2009 –

Ashley Bryan receives the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

2008 –

Ashley Bryan receives the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his book Let it Shine

Hazra Medica’s short story ‘The Banana Stains’ was Highly Commended in the Commonwealth Short Story competition

Ashley Bryan awarded by the New York Public Library alongside Salman Rushdie, Nora Ephron, and Edward Albee

Floree Williams (now Whyte) received the (Antigua and Barbuda) National Youth Award for achievement in the literary arts; don’t remember if it was also for literary arts but Zahra Airall also received an NYA in this year

Howard and Mitzi Allen received National Youth Awards as Pioneers in Filmmaking

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAV-Monologues literary prize to Shakeema Edwards from Women of Antigua; who that year also won the Dancing Nude in the Moonlight Next Chapter contest sponsored by the Best of Books

Joanne C. Hillhouse received the Michael and Marilee Fairbanks International Fellowship to participate in the Breadloaf Writers Conference.

2007 –

National Awards – Officer of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage, OH – Dr. Bille Dyer

Althea Prince

Althea Prince receives the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts

2006 –

Carolyn Providence was nominated for the Best Spoken Word album at the National Underground Spoken Word and Poetry Awards.

Vivian Michael and Akilah Jardine receive (Antigua and Barbuda) National Youth Awards for achievement in the literary arts; Joanne C. Hillhouse is named honourable mention.

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda’s Jubilee Award for Outstanding Contributions and Achievements in the Field of Arts and Culture to Althea Prince

The Marguerite Cobb McKay Literary Prize, The Caribbean Writer  to Edgar O. Lake

2005 –

The Marguerite Cobb McKay Literary Prize, The Caribbean Writer & The Leonard Tim Hector Annual Lecture Memorial Award to Edgar O. Lake

2004 –

Ashley Bryan receives the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his book Beautiful Blackbird

Joanne C. Hillhouse, Joy Lawrence, Sylvanus Barnes, and others received a UNESCO Honour Award for contribution to literacy and the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda

2002 –

Motion won the 2002 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation National Poetry Face-Off competition.

Mary Geo Quinn Highly Commended for her short story ‘Joe’, an entry for the Commonwealth short story prize

2001 –

East Midland Arts New Writers Award to Brenda Lee Browne

2000 –

Arnold Prince receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Rhode Island

Mary Geo Quinn receives the King of Redonda literary award for her memoir Recollections

1999 –

Lannan Literary Award for fiction to Jamaica Kincaid

1998 –

Ashley Bryan receives an Illustrator honour from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards for Ashley Bryan’s ABC of American Poetry

1997 –

Jamaica Kincaid’s Autobiography of My Mother was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction (USA), the PEN Faulkner Award , and Boston Book Review Fisk Fiction Prize; also a National Book Award nominee for My Brother

PEN American Writers Fund Award to Edgar O. Lake

1992 –

Ashley Bryan receives an Illustrator honour award from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards for All Night, All Day: a Child’s First Book of African American Spirituals

Jamaica Kincaid claims the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award

1991 –

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre “CHOICE AWARD” for children’s book: How The East-Pond Got Its Flowers – Althea Prince

1988 –

Ashley Bryan receives an Illustrator honour award from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards for What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals

1987 –

Ashley Bryan receives an Author honor from the Coretta Scott King Awards for his book Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales

1984 –

Shortlisted for the PEN Faulkner Award for At the Bottom of the River – Jamaica Kincaid

1983 –

Ashley Bryan wins an Illustrator honor from the Coretta Scott King Awards for I’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals

Jamaica Kincaid’s At the Bottom of the River won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award

1980 –

Ashley Bryan receives the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his book Beat the Story Drum, Pum Pum

1979 –

Alexander Sideris Fine Arts Award to Mali Olatunji for his image ‘Solitude in Fall’ which can be seen in The Art of Mali Olatunji by Mali Olatunji and Paget Henry

1969 –

Quill & Scroll Award, Fort Benjamin Harrison Journalism Award, Indiana to Edgar O. Lake

Date unknown, unsure, unconfirmed

Elizabeth Abbott’s Sugar: A Bittersweet History short listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

PEN Award for his journalistic work to Leonard Tim Hector

Other wins by Jamaica Kincaid – the Prix Femina Étranger, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award


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Kincaid, Newland Among 2014 Hurston Wright Nominees

The Hurston/Wright Foundation announces the nominations for the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. A winner and two finalists in each category will be honored at the 13th Annual Legacy Award Ceremony on Friday, October 24, at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. Wil Haygood, award-winning biographer and journalist and author of the article and book that inspired the film The Butler will serve as master of ceremonies for the awards ceremony.


•The Residue Years by Mitchell Jackson (Bloomsbury)

•Every Boy Should Have A Man by Preston L. Allen (Akashic)

•The Gospel According to Cane by Courttia Newland (Akashic) – British writer with Jamaican and Bajan roots

•The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (Penguin)

• See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid (Farrar Straus and Giroux) – Antiguan born

•We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo ( Little Brown/Reagan Arthur Books)



•Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home  by Sheri Booker (Gotham Books/Penguin)

•The March on Washington Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights by William P. Jones (Norton)

•Ebony and Ivy Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig Steven Wilder (Bloomsbury)

•Kansas City Lightning by Stanley Crouch (HarperCollins)

•The Men We Reap by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)

•Searching for Zion The Quest For Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau (Atlantic Monthly Press)



•Darktown Follies by Amaud Jamal Johnson (Tupelo Press)

•The Cineaste by A. Van Jordan (Norton)

•Hemming the Water by Yona Harvey (Fourways Books)

•What We Ask of Flesh by Remica L. Bingham (Etruscan Press)

•Silverchest by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

•The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka (Penguin)



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Wadadli Pen Awards This Saturday

You are invited to come out and support our budding writers at the March 31st Celebration and Awards for the finalists in Wadadli Pen Challenge 2012, held in partnership with the Best of Books. The brief ceremony, which will include readings from the top stories by the authors, will be held at the bookstore’s Village Walk branch on Friars Hill Road at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be distributed during the ceremony from these sponsors: ABI Insurance, ACT, Adventure Antigua, Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour, Barbara Arrindell, Australian Homemade, the Best of Books, Blue Waters Hotel, Brenda Lee Browne, Caribbean Helicopters, D. Gisele Isaac, Frank B. Armstrong, Joanne C. Hillhouse, Jabberwocky, Jolly Beach Resort, Keyonna Beach Hotel, Little Antigua Island Tour, Conrad Luke, Claytine Nisbett, Ondeck, Stephen B. Shoul, Elaine Spires, and Floree Williams. We thank these sponsors for ensuring that we are able to adequately reward the writers of the interesting and diverse entries received. And we thank the media and public, in advance, for coming out to support.

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2011 Wadadli Pen Awards Ceremony Pictorial

These are images of the Wadadli Pen awards ceremony posted by Best of Books to Facebook. Enjoy.

me, right, with Best of Books owner, EM Grimes Graeme.

A good turnout as book lovers turned up on June 25th to celebrate Best of Books' 10th anniversary and witness the Wadadli Pen 2011 awards presentation.

Sharifa George (pictured at podium), Monica David, Through the Window author Floree Williams, and Wadadli Pen judge Brenda Lee Browne joined me in reading excerpts from the top stories during the presentation ceremony.

Brenda Lee Browne.

Art winner Hudle Jennings accepting her prizes from Best of Books owner EM Grimes Graeme.

Under 12 winner and second best overall Orique Gordon accepting his prizes from Best of Books owner E.M. Grimes Graeme.

Chatrisse Beazer, 13 to 17 winner, and third placed overall, accepting her prizes from Best of Books owner E. M. Grimes Graeme.

Shakeema Edwards, second placed in 13 to 17 and overall, accepting her prizes from EM Grimes Graeme, Best of Books owner.

Second runner up, 13 to 17, Ardis Lavelle.

Overall winner and 18 to 35 winner Devra Thomas poses with the Challenge plaque (set to hang in the Best of Books downtown store) and Best of Books storeowner, EM Grimes Graeme.

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“Outdoor Book and Story Fair”

25th June – UWI Open Campus (formerly known as
University Centre)

5 pm    Part 1- Wadadli Pen
Open Mic Special Edition for Youth Top Prize from
New Gate  

6 pm    Part 2 – Wadadli Pen Challenge 2011 Prize Giving Ceremony

7 pm    Part 3- Wadadli
Pen Open Mic Special Edition for Adults Top Prize from Whispering Bamboo

8 PM    Part 4    Back on the
Stage Again Drama – Music – Dance – Poetry & More

26th June 2011 ACB Parking Lot  – St. Mary’s Street


10:00 AM I Keep Safe – Internet
Safety! A fun workshop for children & parents

10:30 AM Mr. Terrific – Bringing
energy to our youth through the pages of our books.

11:30 AM Arline Edwards-Joseph,
Ph.D.,   “Once a student, Now a
teacher”, Once a camper, Now a counsellor, Once a child, Now a parent.”

1PM – 5
PM. For adults Local Authors Tents; Book Wars; Writing
& Reading workshops, Teaching your child to read with Jolly Phonics at home;

Maths can be fun and interactive
with BEAM,

1PM – 5
PM. For children Story
Time with celebrity readers, Bounce Castle by LIVI Inflatables, Meet
Dora and enjoy Face Painting by Shawanda Party People,
Lucky dip, CCSET International Dr. Seuss Tent, Piglets Arts & Craft
Activity Time; Reading Competitions for 9 – 11 year olds; Artist the Juggler
with his bag of tricks; Spelling Competitions for 6 – 8 year olds; On the Spot
Writing Competitions for 12 – 18 year olds, Art Lessons with Edison Liburd; Poetry
Competitions and more. Call 562 7654 to
register for our morning workshops for educators, youth group leaders and
parents – space is limited. main sponsors

Bringing books from the shelves to the
sidewalks ..

…And stories from the pages to the pavement

The Best of Books and Literary Antigua

Our Partners

ACB                          COURTS                     LIME

UWI Open Campus /  Piglets / The Optimist Club of St. John’s/

Occasions Party Rentals / Whispering
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Participating Publishers

 NELSON THORNES                  MACMILLAN                 PEARSON                  OXFORD READING TREE

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 25% OFF all books except School Text Books which are 10% off
Wednesday 15th – Friday 24nd June
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