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Burt Puts Out Third Call for Caribbean Teen Fic

In 2014, the Burt Award for Teen/Young Adult Caribbean literature finalists were

All Over Again – A-dZiko Simba Gegele (Jamaica)
Musical Youth – Joanne C. Hillhouse (Antigua and Barbuda)
Inner City Girl – Colleen Smith Dennis (Jamaica)

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In 2015, the winners were
Children of the Spider – Imam Baksh (Guyana)
Dolphin Catchers – Diana McCaulay (Jamaica)
Dancing in the Rain – Lynn Joseph (Trinidad and Tobago)

In the first year, one, mine was an unpublished manuscript; in 2015, all three were unpublished manuscripts and, just like my Musical Youth, all three will be finding their way to your book shelves in a matter of months.

After this year’s announcement, Executive Director of CODE, the Canada based non profit which sponsors the Burt Award said, “We’re very excited that all three winning works this year are manuscripts, as it means the Awards are succeeding in helping generate new writing. A key objective is to encourage authors to write for young people, regardless of whether or not they already have a publishing deal…We know we can turn more youth on to reading if they have access to amazing books that truly speak to them, and our Award, combined with a guaranteed purchase, allows this to happen. Its win-win-win, as the market for Caribbean publishers is strengthened, Caribbean authors are rewarded for their craft and many thousands of entertaining, engaging books get into the hands of Caribbean youth.” Read More.

The next round of the Burt Award has been announced. So, there’s nothing left to say really except, get writing!

For details, go here.

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Fish Outta Water, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). Excerpting, reblogging, linking etc. is fine, but PLEASE do not lift ANY content (images or text) wholesale from this site without asking first and crediting the creator of that work and/or copyright holder. All Rights Reserved. If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.

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BOCAS Calls for Submission of Student Works Inspired by Caribbean Literature

Students/ young adults can submit any of the following:

  • Cartoon Strips
  • Artwork
  • Book/ story illustrations
  • Character images
  • Creative writing
  • Book Reviews
  • Song lyrics
  • Anything that illustrates how you have been encouraged and excited by the Caribbean authors that you’ve been reading.

Pieces for the exhibition should be submitted to burtaward@bocaslitfest.com by 22 April 2015 with the subject line “student exhibition submission”. Photos or scans of artwork should be sent by email. Written submissions should be no more than 1,000 words.

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Burt Award Finalists

The leading Caribbean literary award for young adult literature, CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, will go to one of three shortlisted writers from Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

The writers are in the running for valuable cash prizes and a publishing deal with a Caribbean publisher that will see 7,500 copies of their novels distributed to schools, libraries and community organizations across the region. The first place winner will receive $10,000CAD, the runners up will receive $7,500CAD and $5,000CAD each.

The top three titles (in alphabetical order) are: READ ON.

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New Book Selfie

My new book Musical Youth is here in Antigua - it's been on Amazon in kindle and paperback form since earlier this month. I've got a reading at 7 p.m. on Friday 21st November 2014 at the Best of Books...and I'm excited to report that I'm going to be sharing the spotlight with some of the 2014 Wadadli Pen Challenge winners.

My new book Musical Youth is here in Antigua – it’s been on Amazon in kindle and paperback form since earlier this month. I’ve got a reading at 7 p.m. on Friday 21st November 2014 at the Best of Books…and I’m excited to report that I’m going to be sharing the spotlight with some of the 2014 Wadadli Pen Challenge winners.

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BURT Award for Caribbean Literature Fall Activities

A-dZiko will be reading in Antigua, Barbados and Montserrat…and I will be reading and conducting workshops right here at home. Read more here.

Here’s the flyer for Ad-Ziko’s Antigua reading (but please note that the time has been changed to 6:30 p.m.)

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As a reminder, here are the flyers re my upcoming workshop. If you’re interested in participating, remember you need to register by November 11th. See the flyers for details.

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A-dZiko and I earlier this year after the Burt awards ceremony.

A-dZiko and I earlier this year after the Burt awards ceremony.

As with all content (words, images, other) 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, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about WadadliPen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, are okay, lifting content (words, images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

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You don’t want to miss this!

Okay, yes, that headline was shameless bait. It’s true though. If you have subscribed to or visit this site regularly, I have to assume you have some interest in Antiguan and Barbudan literature. Well, nearly a year ago I was asked to edit an Antigua and Barbuda issue of the online Caribbean platform Tongues of the Ocean. And here it is finally.

Cover image Summer One by Glenroy Aaron inspired by Summer 1, a poem by Joanne C Hillhouse.

Cover image Summer One by Glenroy Aaron inspired by Summer 1, a poem by Joanne C Hillhouse.

Actually, at this point, you’ll find the art roundtable, Dr. Hazra Medica’s discourse on Antiguan and Barbudan literature, my introduction to the issue, and the cover art above. But content will be added every week until the entire issue is online so keep checking back, and please share.

While I’m bending your ear, I’ll share a couple of new developments…

I’ve been named to the selection panel for the 2015 Burt Award for which I was a 2014 finalist. Be sure to get your entries in by October 24th 2014.

My first ever fairytale With Grace was one of two honorable mentions in the Desi Writers Lounge short story contest and may be published.

As with all content (words, images, other) 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,  Fish Outta Water, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about WadadliPen and my books. You can also subscribe to and/or follow the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, with credit, are okay, lifting whole content (articles,  images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

 

 

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Burt Award: You Can Now Submit Your Books

Submissions are now being accepted for the second round of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature until October 24th, 2014.

Established by CODE with the generous support of Canadian philanthropist William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, in partnership with Bocas Lit Fest, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award given to three English-language literary works for Young Adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. 

A First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second Prize of $7,000 CADand a Third Prize of $5,000 CADwill be awarded to the winning authors this year.  

Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies. Published books and self-published books published between 1 October 2012 and 23 October 2014, as well as unpublished manuscripts, are eligible for the award. All submissions must be received by the Bocas Lit Fest by 24 October 2014. The winners will be announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2015. 

To consult the guidelines and access the entry forms, please visit: www.bocaslitfest.com/burt-award-for-caribbean-literature

For additional information, please contact Catherine Belshaw, CODE’s Literary Awards Officer, at cbelshaw@codecan.orgor Bocas Lit Fest at burtaward@bocaslitfest.com    

Post note: re Burt Award YA for Caribbean Literature, Year 1 – winner and third placed writer were A-dZiko Gegele and Colleen Smith-Dennis (both of Jamaica) and Joanne C. Hillhouse (Antigua) placed second. Yes, that’s me; I encourage all Antiguan and Barbudan writers to get writing and submit. Readers, look out for my book Musical Youth which was submitted in manuscript form and will shortly be in the hands of teen and young adult Caribbean readers thanks to this prize.

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Jamaica, Antigua, Jamaica Named Burt Award Inaugural Top Three

Bocas Photo of finalists at Burt award panel by Marlon James.

Bocas Photo of finalists at Burt award panel by Marlon James.

The first winners of a unique literary award that will provide thousands of youth across the Caribbean region with access to exciting new titles were announced on April 25, 2014. The inaugural gala for CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, recognizing outstanding literary works for young adults written by Caribbean authors, was held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, as part of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. A-dZiko Gegele received the first prize of $10,000 CAD for All Over Again (published by Blouse and Skirts Books), Joanne Hillhouse, from Antigua and Barbuda, won the second prize of $7,000 CAD for her soon to be published manuscript Musical Youth, while the third prize of $5,000 CAD went to Colleen Smith-Dennis of Jamaica for Inner City Girl (published by LMH Publishing.) The finalists were selected by a jury administered by The Bocas Lit Fest and made up of writers, literacy experts and academics from the Caribbean and Canada. – See more at: http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2014/04/burt-award-for-caribbean-literature-winners-announced/#sthash.Hqvi815F.dpuf

UPDATE! I am thrilled, thrilled I tell you, to be in the top three and here’s a link to our panel discussion at Bocas.

and look forward to seeing my book Musical Youth in print. Here are some related links:

Bocas Literary Festival

Bocas Festival Sessions

Caribbean Children’s Literature Diane Browne

CODE

Global Voices Online

House of the Arts

The Jamaica Gleaner

Susumba

Trinidad Express

 

 

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Finalists for Inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature Announced!

We are proud to announce the finalists of the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature was established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been advancing literacy and learning for 55 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation. The Award is the result of a close collaboration with CODE’s local partners in the Caribbean, The Bocas Lit Fest and CaribLit.
The shortlisted titles are:
·       Island Princess in Brooklyn by Diane Browne, Jamaica (published by Carlong)

·       All Over Again by A-dZiko Simba Gegele, Jamaica (published by Blouse & Skirt Books)
·       Barrel Girl by Glynis Guevara, Trinidad and Tobago (manuscript to be published)
·       Musical Youth by Joanne [C] Hillhouse, Antigua and Barbuda (manuscript to be published)
·       Abraham’s Treasure by Joanne Skerrett, Dominica (published by Papillotte Press)
·       Inner City Girl by Colleen Smith Dennis, Jamaica (published by LMH Publishing)
Congratulations to the finalists! And thank you to all writers who participated in the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The first, second and third place winners will be announced on Friday 25 April during the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain.

Read the attached press release for all the details, or click here.

Regards,

The Bocas Lit Fest team

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Burt Award Workshops for Writers of Young Adult Literature‏

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