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Stories Handed Down

Friends of Antigua Public Library – NY, Inc. Presents

Stories Handed Down

2014 Short Story and Visual Arts Competition
Deadline: October 24th 2015


Students are invited to interview an Antiguan/Barbudan elder, and submit a story about “ole time days” in Antigua & Barbuda. For the Visual Arts component, students are asked to submit a piece of artwork that illustrates either a story handed down, or portrays the storyteller.

This year’s prizes include:
First Place: Note book computer;
Second Place: Digital Camera;
Third Place: EC$100 gift certificate to Best of Books.



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Courts Reading Comp

Saw this in the local paper and thought I’d share it.

Courts Antigua Reading Competition is back again for the seventh consecutive year with te company’s very popular and success ‘Courts Schools Reading Competition.’ The competition which was first launched in 2008 in conjunction with the Ministry of Education has the sole goal of eradicating illiteracy in Antigua and Barbuda.

The official launch was held during the Sunnyside Tutorial’s Schools’ assembly with reining champion Khadijah Simon giving the opening remarks. She spoke proudly of her experience as the winner and her joy of being the overall winner of $3,000 for herself and $2,000 for her school plus the amazing opportunity to travel to Grenada for the regional competition.


Mr. Howard Warner, the principal of Sunnyside took the time to further encourage the students to follow in the footsteps of Khadijah and to keep the title of ‘Courts Reading Competition champions’ at the school.

“Nine books in eight weeks” was the mantra…

This year, the winner of the finals of the local leg of the competition will receive $2,000 for them plus an additional $2,000 for his/her school.  He/she will also get the opportunity to represent Antigua & Barbuda at the regional finals to be held in Dominica on October 15th.


I’ll end with a reminder that book lovers can also participate in the Cushion Club Wadadli Pen Reading Challenge. The more reading, the more adventure, all the better.

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This came in the mail and since this site is all about encouraging creativity, I’m passing it on. Hopefully, the artists among us will take up the opportunity.

Reportedly, a total of 16,000€ in prizes/prize monies will be dispensed with the first prize valuing 10,000€ – that should provide some incentive.

Here are the conditions of entry.


Terras Gauda Group – www.terrasgauda.com, http://www.facebook.com/concursomantecon, @ConcFMantecon, comunicacion@grupoterrasgauda.es

For all kinds of creative opportunities, don’t forget to check out our opportunities page and opportunities too for projects on deadline.



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It’s that time of year again! Time for the Art at the Ridge’s annual Children’s Christmas Card Competition. This popular annual art competition is open to all Antiguan and Barbudan children aged between 7 and 19 years based in Antigua & Barbuda. PRIZES TO BE WON! Closing date: Friday 31 October 2014. Email them for details – artattheridge@hotmail.com.


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Regional Youth take film prizes at Caribbean week of Agriculture – Winners from St Lucia and Jamaica

Several young people saw the Caribbean Week of Agriculture’s second film competition as an opportunity to pursue their dreams while also encouraging their peers to seize the moment.

The competition, which attracted over 20 entries from around the region, had as its theme “Adding Value to Local Foods”, and invited interpretation of the theme using film and video, including animation, to communicate the role of science and technology in agricultural-led economic development.

The winners were awarded their prizes at the CWA 2014 conference, in Paramaribo, Suriname, on Wednesday.

First place went to the video The Fruit of Life by Kareem Larcher and Jelani Paul of St Lucia. In this film, viewers are invited to contemplate how wisdom, strength and perseverance can triumph over evil (in this case the murder of a great grandfather) to see the dream of developing the coconut realized to the benefit of a country.

Paul, co-director, co-writer, cinematographer and editor on the film said film-making has been “our passion for a long while.” He said he also “wanted to prove a point to ourselves and to the wider public that things can be done. We just need to take the initiative on ourselves to make things happen, because I believe right now we are at a point in time where a lot of people are losing hope and belief in themselves and the Caribbean agricultural sector.”

He is looking forward to beginning a degree in film studies in California next year.

The film’s producer, co-director and co-writer, Kareem Larcher, said, “We have always been film advocates and we love agriculture. We have been using our graphic talents and marketing skills to help farmers but more from an advertising role. We figured, when we saw the competition, why not fuse our two passions and give it a try.”

The film was an obvious winner from the start, said CTA’s Judith Francis, the coordinator of the film competition. “It had everything…It weaved the value of the coconut right through: the cross-breeding for higher quality, the fact that the coconut was used to disinfect wounds, all the value of the coconut, and it was told in such an interesting, captivating way, dealing with the science, with the added value.”

Second prize went to Breadfruit Versatile by Randy McLaren, Julene Robinson, Veronique Smith and Brian Johnson of Jamaica. McLaren, the film’s writer and producer who also played the film’s protagonist, said he decided to enter the competition “because I grew up in a rural community and I wanted to add my voice as a young creative to the message of added value to local foods and promoting food security.

“Also, in a practical sense, to say to unemployed young people and others that they can use the resources that are around them to create gainful employment or income earning opportunities. Unemployment is highest among the youth in Jamaica. I wanted a practical way to say to get up and do something. Do not wait for a company to hire you, young people without a degree and without a job.”

In the film, the protagonist is at his wit’s end seeking employment when his answer for divine guidance falls in front of him in the shape of a breadfruit. An aunty in the village encourages him to help her develop her line of “breadfruit juice”, an appetizing-looking concoction made with condensed milk. The protagonist then shares his vision with others in the community who, though cynical at first, come around to seeing the potential of the venture and join in.

Francis said the film-makers were encouraged to share their films and videos on Facebook. The result was that persons were calling McLaren’s production team asking for the breadfruit juice and others were coming around to his house to sell him breadfruit, so convincing was the production.

Third place went to Captain V by Kemar McInnis, Tannecia James, Marc James and Cleon Ewers of Jamaica. This film depicts a superhero potato who shows other forlorn vegetables the way to attract consumers and be more appealing through adding value to themselves.

Marc James and his wife Tannecia, both 29, co-wrote the video and Tannecia who is a graduate of Carimac was the video’s producer. Tannecia said, “Training was a huge component of the competition.” The competition’s organizers sent them to Trinidad in April for training in animation and video. “Those were very, very good,” she added. “The competition provided a lot of opportunities for us.”

Marc said, through the film “we are trying to tell a more interesting story visually, and trying to garner interest in agriculture.” He and Tannecia said there is now a huge opportunity for young people to get involved in agriculture using technology. “It doesn’t have to be the traditional labour-intensive work.”

1st Place: ‘The Fruit of Life’ by Kareem Larcher and Jelani Paul, St Lucia.

st lucia


2nd Place: ‘Breadfruit Versatile’ by Randy McLaren, Julene Robinson, Veronique Smith and Brian Johnson, Jamaica.


3rd Place: ‘Captain V’ by Kemar McInnis, Tannecia James, Marc James and Cleon Ewers, Jamaica.

mr potatoSpecial prizes are awarded to:

‘CEMEPRO’ by Lionel Stevens, Kareem Warner, Kurt Richards and Damien Woodley, St Kitts/Nevis.


‘Food Apocalypse’ by Kelly-Ann Murphy, Jason Carmichael, Sharika Stanford and Julian Evelyn, Barbados.


The viewer’s choice is awarded to:


‘3 Fey Epina’ by Renel Pierre Louis, Haiti


This is from Panos Caribbean. Congratulations to the winners.


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Call for Submissions – BBC Short Story Award

For  the first time since it launched in 2006, the BBC Short Story  Award will see stories from home and abroad going head-to-head for the  £15,000 cheque for first place. For one year only authors from across  the globe will be eligible to enter alongside UK practitioners.

The winning story in 2011 was ‘The Dead Roads, by DW Wilson, who said ‘The BBC short story prize couldn’t have come at a better time in my career; it was the push I needed to get my work noticed. More than that, though, it was the little things that tagged along that made the whole experience so rewarding: hearing my story read on radio, pats on the back from authors whose work I’ve read and admired; and that very rare and quintessential gift for a writer – reassurance that we might just be doing something right.’

More here.

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Commonwealth call for film scripts

Hmm, I may dust off that screenplay and enter this one myself.

Got a film you’ve always wanted to see produced? Here’s your shot.

Commonwealth Foundation Call for Short Films

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011No Comments Categories: Call for Submissions, Film, Grants, Updates

The Commonwealth Foundation is inviting filmmakers from across the Commonwealth to submit an idea for a short film about relationships. Individual filmmakers or collectives should submit a proposal which explores the theme of love in its broadest sense, whether inter-racial, inter-generational or within and between the sexes. The theme should be relevant to the filmmaker and their community. The foundation is looking for original, bold and authentic films in any genre which entertain as well as stimulate and encourage debate both locally and globally. More here.


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Terms of Use

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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Wake them, Let them rise and shine

The next Wadadli Pen Open Mic takes place on October 9th at the Best of Books Royal Palm. The theme – a tie in with the Independence Literary Arts competition – is ‘Wake them, let them rise and shine’.

This year, the competition welcomes fiction, poetry, non fiction, and spoken word submissions. Spoken word artists will have to pre-register at the Best of Books by October 7th, with the competition set for October 9th at the Best of Books, Royal Palm.

For more on the upcoming Wadadli Pen open mic or the Independence literary arts competition, email literaryantigua@yahoo.com

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