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Opportunities Too

The Opportunities page was getting a bit busy so I decided to start fresh. However, I recommend visiting the original page for publisher, contest, award, project etc. information and for some tips/advice on submitting/applying. This includes information re protecting your work – links to articles like this one. I won’t repeat it all here but it’s still relevant. You can also find relevant information for writers and artists on the Resources page.

This page will be dedicated to links to upcoming deadlines (links and a brief only because it’s not usual nor practical to post all the details here, also for crediting purposes) and fresh content will be added (and stale content removed) as time goes on. So, check back. As a reminder, I research a lot of contests and markets, residencies and other opportunities because I submit to a lot of contests and markets, residencies and other opportunities, including some of these. I am a working writer. I’m sharing because hopefully you’ll go for yours too.  Further reminder: I try to do research before posting and do so in good faith; still, I can’t vouch for every link. These are just shares; Wadadli Pen aside, I have no stake in anything posted here and will bear no responsibility for whatever happens when/if you choose to engage with any of them. I’ve tried to make it easier by grouping them here, but do your homework.

Finally, if you’re looking for writing and publishing related services (including writing, editing, and one-on-one writing, communication, and literature coaching and tutoring), here’s a link re my services, my workshops, and a breakdown of some of these services available from me and others in Antigua and Barbuda


December 6th 2021 – the new Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowship for early career Caribbean-based writers of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and poetry. To be eligible, you must be of Caribbean birth or citizenship, and living and working in the Anglophone Caribbean and writing in English; be over the age of 18 by December 6th 2021; not have previously published a booklength work. Two fellows will receive TT$10,000, six months’ mentorship from an established author, publication of a chapbook with an excerpt from the writers’ work in progress, and participation in an intensive online writing course hosted by Arvon (UK). The one time fellowships are sponsored by Canada-based Caribbean writers Dionne Brand and Canisia Lubrin, as well as Christina Sharpe and Allyson Holder. More here.

December 9th 2021 (Documentary Projects) + December 13th 2021 (Fiction Projects) – call for European Film Market Toolbox Applications made possible through the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival with the support of FILMCO and EFM. Open to entry to mid level film producers or producing filmmakers from Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, and St. Kitts and Nevis with a feature length film in development and based on Caribbean themes or issues. FILMCO will support the online participation of one project. Specifically, the beneficiary will gain some market intelligence, connections, and business know how.

The toolbox programme will include:

  • In the preparatory phase: online meeting between co-consultants and participants with feedback on projects and strategic planning for networking at the EFM, as well as organisational and logistical advice on the EFM from the coordinators. 
  • Two weeks before the EFM : an immersive programme of focused workshops with experienced tutors on the following topics: Development strategy: packaging your project, A to Z of Pitches, Funding initiatives for underrepresented film creatives, Sales & Distribution, Working with streamers, Marketing & PR, Impact Producing
  • During the EFM (10.02.-17.02.2022): participation in matchmaking, networking and community building events.

Applicants should possess at least one feature-length fiction project that is either in development (preferably with some financing and/ or funding already secured) as well as marketing materials such as a mood reel, teaser or trailer/ promo. More info here and apply here.

December 15th 2021 – Decides Antigua and Barbuda (a project of interarts, Women Against Rape, and UWI), has announced an opportunity to explore what gender equality, sexual identities, and inclusivity means to you. To win EC$1500, create something – a song, video, dramatic presentation, graphic design or other visual art – and submit by December 15th 2021. See Women Against Rape in Antigua and Barbuda for more information (or call 268-721-5553).

December 20th 2021 – The Miss Sarah Fellowship for Black Women. Details here.

December 31st 2021 – Pluto Press has partnered with the Walter Rodney Foundation (WRF) and the Pluto Educational Trust (PET) to launch the annual non-fiction Walter Rodney Writing Prize for women and non-binary first-time authors from Africa or the Caribbean. The prize will celebrate the extraordinary life and work of Guyanese writer and political activist Walter Rodney, while reflecting and advancing the impact of Rodney’s thinking on scholars and organisers. Prize judges will be Poet, reggae icon and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson, writer, activist and historian Stella Dadzie and feminist and academic Dzodzi Tsikata. The winner of the prize will receive a £4,000 writing grant, alongside access to Pluto, PET, and WRF’s combined global network of contacts. Their debut book will be published by Pluto Press. Submission details.

December 31st 2021 – VCEWA21-FINAL-revised

The University of the West Indies is offering the kind of fellowship I wish was available when I was an 18 to 25 year old aspiring writer. I encourage any one in this age group to pursue it. All you have to do is submit an unpublished and original work, fiction or non-fiction, 1500-2500 words, in Spanish, French, or English (unusual for regional prizes of this type), and potentially win US$1000 plus a publishing contract. Submit here.

December 31st 2021 – Elizabeth Alexander writing award. Details here.

December 31st 2021 – Call for submissions to The Caribbean Writer Volume 36 – theme: Disruption, Disguise, and Illuminations. Submissions eligible for one of several prizes. Submit via the online portal. Also seeking art work to grace the cover and interior sections. Those interested in having their artwork considered for use by TCW should submit electronic files in vertical format as png or jpeg files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. The journal also accepts black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.). Graphic poetry or narratives are not solicited or accepted. More details here.

January 7th 2022 – OCM Bocas Prize – deadline for books published between 31st October 2021 and 31st December 2021.


January 15th 2022 – Untitled

Unstitching silence: Fiction and poetry by Caribbean writers on gender-based violence is a planned Peekash Press 2023 publication. Presented by the WHO and the UN as a global public health crisis, gender-based violence (GBV) is particularly pervasive in Anglophone Caribbean countries, which have some of the highest rates of reported rape and femicide in the world. Homophobic and transphobic violence is also an urgent human rights issue in the region. GBV can be understood as any form of violence and abuse – physical, psychological or emotional – which is rooted in gender norms and power dynamics. It can be inflicted on women, girls, boys and men in a variety of contexts. This call for submissions, cognizant of the vital work already undertaken in the region and its diaspora on GBV, seeks contributions to a fiction and poetry anthology focusing on the roots, repercussions and systemic truths of GBV as they affect a plurality of Caribbean citizens. This anthology seeks to extend ongoing conversations around GBV in the region, offering a platform for new and emerging writers who have something to say on this issue. The anthology will ask: How can stories of GBV be told with both sensitivity and candour, in ways that impact meaningfully on those who encounter them in fiction and poetry? How might the sharing of stories empower victims and survivors of GBV? What are the connections between creative narratives that centre GBV, and the development of policies and activities aimed at reducing GBV? And are definitions of GBV shifting, alongside evolving attitudes to gender and sexuality in the region? Poetry submissions should be 3-5 poems not exceeding 15 pages. Fiction submissions should be minimum 2,500 words and maximum 7000 words. Please send your submission to GBVanthology@gmail.com Submissions accepted for publication will participate in a virtual masterclass run by Shivanee Ramlochan (the anthology co-editor) which will take place in May 2022, hosted by Bocas Lit Fest. Submissions need to be by authors who either hold Caribbean citizenship or were born in the Caribbean. Submissions must have been written in English originally; translations are not eligible. Submissions should be previously unpublished. Contributors to the anthology will receive a fee of £250.

January 31st 2022 – William Saroyan International Prize for Writing – Works of fiction (novels, short story anthologies, or drama) or non-fiction (biography, history, or memoirs) by authors from around the world and first published during 2020-2021 are eligible for consideration. Authors who have published four or more books will not be considered new and emerging. There is a US$50 non-refundable fee. Additional eligibility guidelines and entry details here.

March 31st 2022 – Island Voices Caribbean Contemporary Classics Short Story Prize – a new writing competition from Hatchette UK and Hodder Education that aims to discover and showcase unpublished writers from the Caribbean or of Caribbean descent. The winning shortlist will be published in an anthology and the overall will receive a 1000 pound cash prize. To enter, submit a story of any topic, genre, style between 2,000-5,000 words, and an introduction to your writing. Email submission to islandvoices@hoddereducation.co.uk – read more here.

April 30th 2022 – Big Cat Writing Competition ‘What does Home Mean to You?’ to allow children to describe where they live and how things have evolved for them. Details here. Untitled

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