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Carib Lit Plus (Early to Mid January 2022)

A reminder that the process with these Carib Lit Plus Caribbean arts bulletins is to do a front and back half of the month, updating as time allows as new information comes in; so, come back, or, if looking for an earlier installment, use the search window. (in brackets, as much as I can remember, I’ll add a note re how I sourced the information – it is understood that this is the original sourcing and additional research would have been done by me to build the information shared here).

Happy New Year! And let’s hope it truly is happy.


Celebrated St. Lucian poet Kendel Hippolyte, named as you’ll see below as the person tapped to deliver the Sir Derek Walcott memorial lecture during poet laureates’ week, is being feted for another reason this January – a birthday milestone. Hippolyte turned 70 (three score and 10) on January 9th 2022.

Wadadli Pen’s Joanne C. Hillhouse who also celebrated her remarkably non-milestone birthday this month, January 5th, is pictured with Kendel HIpplyte at their first meeting, at the Congrès International des écrivains de la Caraïbe in 2013.

“Kendel Hippolyte was once described as “perhaps the outstanding Caribbean poet of his generation.” Besides being honored with the St. Lucia Gold Medal of Merit for his contribution to the arts, he joins Derek Walcott, Vladimir Lucien, and Canisia Lubrin as one of only four St. Lucians to win an OCM Bocas Prize, the English-speaking Caribbean’s most prestigious literary award. Note, however, Hippolyte won the poetry prize, while the other three won both the poetry and overall prize.”

Click here to read three poems by fellow Lucian poet John Robert Lee dedicated to Hippolyte on this occasion. (Source – Jako Productions)


Antigua and Barbuda media veteran and Rastafari elder King Frank I has been laid to rest in an official state-funded funeral held at the Sir Vivian Richards national stadium.

There were five pages of coverage of the funeral in the Daily Observer including reporting of performance of Farewell to a King by the Nyabinghi Theocracy Order. Francis was credited for activism that has led to Rastafari being more integrated into society. Frank I’s children Jomo Hunte St. Rose, and daughters Malaika and Denise Francis, the latter also a media worker, paid tribute to their dearly departed dad. Denise invoked her father’s well known sign off: “We know Jah will continue to guide, continue to keep fit, and to always be a good sport.” Read that full article here:

In an article in the subsequent issue, head of the Reparations Support Commission, of which King Frank I was a part, Dorbrene O’Marde, is said to have indicated that the Commission will be seeking some way to honour him. “We have lost an example of steadfast commitment to a cause…we have lost a proud proclaimer of the fact that although he was not born in Africa, Africa was born in him…” O’Marde was quoted as saying, during the ceremony, of his friend of more than 60 years. Read in full:

(Source – Daily Observer newspaper)


The Sir Derek Walcott Memorial Lecture (mentioned immediately below) is only one of a full week of activities which began on January 10th 2022 in celebration of Nobel Laureates Week in St. Lucia. The Windward island has two such Laureates – Walcott for Literature and Sir Arthur Lewis for Economics. The full listing of activities can be found here. (Source – Jako Productions)


Bocas Award winning St. Lucian playwright and poet Kendel Hippolyte will deliver this year’s Derek Walcott Memorial Lecture January 18th 2022.

Read about him here.

Tune in online at
Facebook: @NobelLaureateFestivalSaintLuciaFacebook
Youtube: @cdfsaintluciaNTN
Flow Channel 122UWITV
Flow Channel 105

(Source – Facebook)


Antiguan-Canadian writer Tanya Evanson’s Book of Wings has been named to the 2022 Canada Reads long list. Read about it here. (Source – Author’s facebook)

It has also been added to Antiguans and Barbudans Awarded.


This round up of 2021 book prize winners includes several Caribbean writers: namely, Barbadian Cherie Jones, a finalist for the Woman’s Prize for Fiction for How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House; and Jamaican Maisy Card, a finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, part of the Los Angeles Time Book prize, for These Ghosts are Family. (Source – email)

Publication News

Jamaican Poet Laureate Olive Senior’s Hurricane Watch: New and Collected Poems lands at the end of January 2022. From Carcanet.

(Source – Twitter)


You know that Wadadli Pen team member Floree Williams Whyte’s latest book dropped in December and she features in the first CREATIVE SPACE of 2022.

(Source – Me)


There were seven book publications out of St. Lucia in 2021, according to Jako Productions. “These included two memoirs (My Journey, and You Left Me Broken), two commentaries on St. Lucian Art and culture (The Reign of Terra, and Dance Footprints), a children’s book (The Reunion: The adventures of Froggy-T & Bunnie), a book of poetry (Ear to My Thoughts), and a commentary on St. Lucian politics (No Man’s Land: A Political Introspection of St. Lucia). Added to this list is Scream, a murder mystery novel by McDonald Dixon, a leading St. Lucian poet and novelist, to be launched this month.” (Jako Productions). The post also singled out multi-award winning St. Lucian poet Canisia Lubrin for commendation. (Source – Jako email)


The latest issue of Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters has landed. Issue 20’s theme is Thanksgiving and it includes as its cover image ‘Daylight’ by Stefan Rampersad/Alexander Phoenyx, part of the Trinidad and Tobago artist’s Caribe Arch series.

Poets featured in the issue are Jason Allen-Paisant, Fawzia Muradali Kane, and Edythe Rodriguez. The issue includes reviews of Celeste Mohammed’s Pleasantview, Shara McCallum’s No Ruined Stone, Lisa Allen-Agostini’s The Bread the Devil Knead, Bermudan poet Nancy Anne Miller’s contribution to Moko’s One Poem One Poet series. The fiction consists of winners of the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival short fiction prize of 2021 Patrice Grell Yursik (Daughter 4) and Akhim Alexis (The Wailers); and new stories in the “sky islands” speculative fiction universe curated by Fabrice Guerrier including his own ‘Magic Mangoes’, alongside ‘Ixie and Izzy‘ by Joanne C. Hillhouse (she, of Wadadli Pen and Antigua and Barbuda) and ‘Rock, Feather, Shell’ by Celeste Rita Baker. The issue is edited by Andre Bagoo. (Source – twitter)


As part of its mission, non-profit The Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society has released a colouring book, All Creatures Great and Small, as part of its mission to create a more animal-friendly environment by promoting care. The assembly and printing of the books was funded by King’s Casino Antigua. The Amatos family, meanwhile, donated boxes of crayons, among other items, to be paired with the books. The books are intended for distribution to pre and primary schools; and some are on sale in the Humane Society’s merchandise shop. For more information on this initiative and to donate towards future initiatives, call 268-461-4957. (Source – the Daily Observer newspaper)

Site Updates

Writers continue to be added to the Antiguan and Barbudan Writers (+Artists) on the Web, the Antiguan and Barbudan Fiction and Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, and the Caribbean Writers Online data bases. An addition too to Reading Room and Gallery 42 and the Opportunities page. The addition of a new Antigua and Barbuda Literary Works Reviewed. (Source – me)

Shout Outs

To the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival BCLF Cocoa Pod on Apple podcasts. Congrats to them on the continued growth which has included, in addition to the popular literary festival, the short fiction story contests named for acclaimed writer Elizabeth Nunez, and now this podcast described as “a Caribbean storytelling experience in which writers of Caribbean heritage narrate their own stories. …rich with the rhythm, pitch and intonation of the one who wrote it.” We are informed, re the BCLF initiatives for writers (the festival, podcast, and interviews), that they are open to receiving author press kits/bios/links and, also, review copies or ARCs (new releases). 


To Rebel Women Lit which while counting votes for the Caribbean Readers Awards, to be announced January 9th 2022 after voting closed at the end of 2021, has concurrently announced its Book Club Reading List for the year. The list is not exclusively Caribbean but includes Caribbean reads like Things I have Withheld by Kei Miller, Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo, Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson, and The Dreaming by Andre Bagoo. (Source – RWL email)


To my Jhohadli blog and specifically this round up post of recent publications and more. (Source – me)


To New Caribbean Voices, a podcast on spotify, hosted by Malika Booker. It includes interviews with and readings by contemporary Caribbean authors. (Source – JR Lee email)


To the Wadadli Music Scene blog, a project of jazz musicians Khadijah Simon and Foster Joseph, both of Antigua and Barbuda. The goal is to document stories related to Antigua and Barbuda’s music history. (Source – Foster Joseph who was interviewed in 2021 for CREATIVE SPACE)


Two Wadadli Pen team members, Barbara A. Arrindell and Joanne C. Hillhouse went on ABS TV on January 12th 2022 to discuss creative writing. Watch here.

Both are offering workshops. See flyers below.

(Source – me)


The Catapult Creative Arts grant is back. The COVID-19 relief programme for Caribbean artists saw funds paid out for residencies, salons, and other arts activities. The new application cycle opens January 3rd 2022 closes January 14th 2022. Apply here. And, yes, you can apply again even if you are a past grant recipient. (Source – Repeating Islands)

Remember to check Opportunities Too for this and other arts opportunities with pending deadlines.


As I blogged recently 2019 Independence fashion show winner Nicoya Henry has yet to receive her government promised scholarship to study in Trinidad. My thoughts expressed in this CREATIVE SPACE Coda. (Source – me)


Antiguan and Barbudan author Joan Underwood has been delivering live tips from her book Manager’s First Aid Kit on the Mornin’ Barbados show since October 2021. The four month stint was every Wednesday, each episode focus on a challenge covered in a chapter of the book and offering up practical challenges and solutions. See episodes missed in this playlist from Underwood’s YouTube channel. (Source – Underwood email)


Antigua and Barbuda’s Cultural Industries Mapping Project announced in November 2021 that it received 430 responses to its survey.

The company chosen to create the National Cultural Information System/Cultural Portal is COMPUSULT LTD. Keep track here. (Source – Facebook)


Antigua and Barbuda has a new culture minister. Michael Browne, the former minister of education whose cabinet appointment was withdrawn while he fought a charge which shall not be named, is to be re-appointed, having beat the charge, but under a different portfolio. Darryl Matthew who added education to culture and sports after Browne’s dis-appointment, is the outgoing minister of culture. Actually, it’s called creative industries these days, more fully creative industries and innovation – under which falls culture, carnival, independence, the one nation concert, V. C. Bird celebrations, visual arts, graphic arts, decorative arts, performing arts, musical arts, happiness and unity, innovatiion, and the UNOPS. This is according to an article in the Daily Observer. No specific reference to literary arts but google says UNOPS is the United Nations Office of Project Services. (Source – Daily Observer newspaper)

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, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, The Jungle Outside, 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 Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Carib Lit Plus (Early to Mid November 2021)

A reminder that the process with these Carib Lit Plus Caribbean arts bulletins is to do a front and back half of the month, updating as time allows as new information comes in; so, come back, or, if looking for an earlier installment, use the search window. (in brackets, as much as I can remember, I’ll add a note re how I sourced the information – it is understood that this is the original sourcing and additional research would have been done by me to build the information shared here).

Happy Independence, Antigua-Barbuda

November 1st 1981 was Independence Day in Antigua and Barbuda which makes this our 40th birthday. The 2021 Independence season was launched on 22nd October, scaled down, as was last year due to the ongoing pandemic – and our vaccinate rate still not at the levels required – but still including a number of arts activities: e.g. festival of choirs, pan competition, and student art mural unveiling at Antigua Recreation Grounds.

This art adorns the southwall of the ARG. It is not a single mural but a series of images – more a montage on the theme of national iconography – completed over a two week period by students and art teachers from the Sir Novelle Richards Academy, All Saints Secondary School, Glanvilles Secondary School, Trinity Academy and St. Mary’s Secondary School. The initiative was sponsored by State Insurance and Paint Plus and spearheaded by the Ministry of Education.

Independence season ends November 1st with the ceremonial parade which is typically followed by the food fair but, while, local local food cravings are high at this time, we will have to go searching for our fix as gatherings of the size of the food fair are still off the menu. ETA: The National Awards were announced during the ceremonial parade and, in the arts, Halcyon Steel Orchestra is one of the recipients. They receive the institutional honour – the most precious order of princely heritage (gold) for contribution to culture through the development and advance of steelband and steel pan music.

(Source – Facebook)

Independence related: check out my special Independence themed CREATIVE SPACE (written for the Daily Observer newspaper Independence issue) and the related playlist which is on my AntiguanWriter YouTube channel. Another list in the issue is by veteran media broadcaster Dave Lester Payne.


The last Bocas workshop for the 2021 season takes place this November 27th, plus there are two noteworthy fellowships for emerging writers, one from Bocas and one from UWI among other opportunities with upcoming deadlines in our Opportunities Too database. Don’t forget to check in with the page from time to time, so you don’t miss anything. Here’s the link.

Wadadli Pen News

Wadadli Pen is legally incorporated as a non-profit, something I’ve wanted for some time and activated when I pulled our team together a few years ago (2016) to work with me toward laying a foundation for this project I started way back in 2004. It is no longer a project. It is a non-profit. I need to let it settle and then, with my partners, figure out what happens next. But this is a major goal achieved. Thanks to Henry and Burnette, and especially E. Ann Henry for the pro bono legal assistance and to Juneth Webson for her financial contribution to the registration process. (Source – in house)


Derron Sandy is the 2021 winner of the First Citizens National Poetry Slam in Trinidad and Tobago – it was his fifth go at the prize. His winning presenation was an ode to food vendors during lockdown restrictions entitled ‘The Real Warlords’. Past two-time back-to-back champion Alexandra Stewart placed second with Michael Logie coming in third (they won TT$20,000 and $10,000, respectively). Derron’s prize is TT$50,000. More in TnT Newsday. (Source – N/A)


The shortlist for the first Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize has been announced and it includes a member of the Wadadli Pen family, past patron and judge, (and, as the owner of Caribbean Reads publishing, publisher of two of my books), featured here on the blog several times over the years, US-based Nevisian writer Carol Mitchell. Mitchell’s summer 2021 release Chaos in Castries, book 5 in her Caribbean Adventure Series, is one of three short listed books.

It features characters familiar to readers of the long running series in a new-to-them Caribbean setting where they meet new people and have new adventures with historical resonance. “When Mark’s mother sends him and Chee Chee to St. Lucia to experience the cultural festival of Jounen Kwéyòl, Mark is thrown into another action-packed, time-travel adventure with one of the festival dancers. Mark and his new friend Danielle get caught in the middle of a cultural struggle between the British and the Afro-Caribbean people at a time when participating in creole festivals could land you in big trouble. Many of the events in Chaos in Castries take place in the Derek Walcott square, a public square located in Castries, St. Lucia. It was established in the 1760s and was named Columbus Square in 1892. In 1993, it was renamed to honour Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott who received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature.” (book summary) The book is illustrated by Mitchell’s longtime collaborator Ann-Catherine Loo.

The other shortlisted books includes one of the hottest trending books since its 2020 release, and especially so since receiving the boost of being named to Oprah Magazine’s best Caribbean books for your 2021 reading list and winning the Rebel Women Lit’s Reader’s Choice award for best middle grade/tween novel earlier this year, When Life gives you Mangoes by Jamaican-British writer Kereen Getten. “Inspired by the author’s childhood experiences, When Life Give You Mangos is a celebration of island life as well as a rich, lyrical mystery.” (book summary)

The other shortlisted book A Different Me A Better You, like Chaos in Castries (Caribbean Reads), is publishedby an indie press based in the Caribbean region, Blue Banyan of Jamaica. Mangoes is published by Delacorte Press, a division of America’s Random House and Pushkin Press in the UK. Janet Morrison, a Jamaican and veteran media worker, is a BBC award winning playwright, who collected her most recent prize, the Jean D’Costa Prize at Jamaica’s Lignum Vitae Awards, for Better You. Its five short stories “is a celebration of difference where five young heroes share their dreams of dancing, adventure and being seen for who they really are, and we are all a little better to know them.” (book summary)

The winner of the US$1000 prize will be announced on November 28th 2021. (Source – Facebook)


Writing Gender into the Caribbean by Patricia Mohammad (Hansib Books) is the 2021 winner of the Barbara T. Christian Awards from the Caribbean Studies Association. It is described as “vital scholarship”. (Source – Paper-Based Books bookshop in TnT on Twitter)

(New or New-ish) Books

Little John Crow by Ziggy Marley, Orly Marley, and Gordon Rowe (illustrator) dropped this November. In it, Little John Crow, a young vulture growing up in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, is abandoned by his animal friends and must come to terms with what it means to be part of a community when you are a vulture.

(Source – Akashic Books on Twitter)


Crucian Fusion by Apple Gidley is a collection of fact and fiction that speaks to the rich history as well as present day St Croix. Provoked by thoughts, good and bad, the essays tell of nearly nine years on island. The short stories are based on historical events and the Census of 1846. (Source – author email)


I missed this one back in June, Caribbean American Heritage Month, but I’m posting right in time for you to add to your Christmas list. It’s Yahoo! Sports, yes Yahoo! Sports’, listing of must-read Caribbean books. On the list, Barbadian author Callie Browning’s The Girl with the Hazel Eyes, Jamaican author Maisy Card’s These Ghosts are Family, Alexia Arthurs’ How to Love a Jamaican, Trinidadian Caroline Mackenzie’s One Year of Ugly, Elizabeth Acevedo, an American of Dominican (Sp.) descent’s Clap When You Land, Trinbagonian Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies, Maika and Maritza Moulite, born in the US to Haitian immigrants’ Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, Bermudian Florenz Webbe Maxwell’s Burt Award winning Girlcott, Virgin Islander Cadwell Turnbull’s The Lesson, and TrinBajan Londoner Ingrid Persaud’s Love after Love. (Source – N/A)


Guyanese born, UK based Pauline Melville released The Master of Chaos and Other Fables in summer 2021. (Source – JR Lee email)


My Time at the Door by Dean Fenton has been aded to the Antiguan and Barbudan Writing and Antiguan and Barbudan Poetry databases. This is his second book and was released in summer 2021. (Source – social media)


Trinidad and Tobago born Canadian poet M. Nourbese Philip is protesting the Italian translation of her book Zong! An online petition has been set up calling for the destruction of the work and a public apology. The author explains her grievance on her website, and brings receipts. Apparently, the book’s publisher Wesleyan University Press sold translation rights to Benway Series Press without the author’s knowledge for $150. “WUP did not inform me that the rights had been sold nor did they put me in touch with the translator Renata Morresi or Benway Series Press,” the author writes, also calling out the Canada Council which funded the translation. “…and yet no one thought it necessary to consult with me, the Black and African-descended author of the said work, which engages with the transatlantic slave trade and which, as plainly stated on the cover—as told to the author by Setaey Adamu Boateng—involved Ancestral voices.” Beyond this, Philip takes issue with the actual translation which reportedly changes the organizational structure of her poems, and argues that this is in breach of the international translator’s code. She said her concerns have been ignored by all parties; though with one seemingly positive outcome (so far): “In response to these events WUP has changed its policies concerning informing authors of sale of licenses and has set a minimum fee of $500 for print runs under 1,000 books.” Review all and support the author’s cause if so moved by signing the petition or sharing. (Source – JR Lee email)


I just googled Blackout Cultural Park and Fitzroy Brann and couldn’t find anything to speak of, not even in the waybackmachine and that didn’t sit right with me. So, google, this one’s for you. Brann is primarily renowned for his work in sports development and when he died in 2019, that’s what was highlighted. But I remember some of the first regular poetry sesssions I participated in as a local writer when I, and others, like Dotsie Isaac Gellizeau, who shared some of her first works there (usually through her sister’s voice as she was still hesitant to use her own), was at Blackout. It was a long trek out of town but we gathered there on a weekend night, many a weekend night, Fridays, I think, to discover and share our stories – it’s there that I started slowly gaining confidence as a writer in a public space. Blackout was Fitzroy Brann. As someone noted in this article by his daughter Mickel, Brann “was a community activist, a sports enthusiast and an ardent lover of culture and the arts.” Blackout Cultural Park and those open mic literary nights (which in addition to poetry, included singing, instrumental solos, and comedy as people felt inspired) in the (I think) late 90s/early aughts deserve a paragraph in the story of the evolution of Antiguan and Barbudan literary arts. Those scenes don’t last forever and I remember we migrated from Blackout to Traffic, a club in town, after a time, and then that fizzled and other things popped off and fizzled (Expressions etc.), and on like that. (Source – Daily Observer newspaper)


In the last CREATIVE SPACE, I referenced a death in the Antigua and Barbuda media fraternity, and perhaps for the first time in this space did some very minor mask, social distancing, and vaccine activism. It’s become such a fraught space and Wadadli Pen is not the space for my personal missions. But, I’ve found a loophole, because Wadadli Pen is a place for creative, and especially literary arts, and this article I’m about to link comes by way of lithub.com – a valuable literary arts resource. The article is an excerpt from the 2021 book The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease by Charles Kenny. I’d like to share this part (because too often I hear people say, I’m good as though we don’t exist in a world with other people, as if our actions don’t affect other people):

It isn’t just the vaccine deniers and their unfortunate children who’d be harmed: some people really can’t be given vaccines and they’d suffer the consequences from circulating infections. When she was two, Ashley Echols had a kidney transplant. As part of the transplant procedure, children are given drugs that suppress their immune response so that the body doesn’t reject the transplanted organ. As a result, she couldn’t complete the standard vaccination regimen. Had Ashley taken the chickenpox vaccine in her weakened state, she might have contracted chickenpox from it. And because of her suppressed immune system, the condition would have been life-threatening. But in June 2017, eleven-year-old Ashley was exposed to a child with chickenpox in Atlanta. So she was rushed to the hospital emergency room to be injected with immunoglobulin. Camille Echols, Ashley’s mother, shared the story on Facebook. She ended her post saying “She has been through so much already. And this was avoidable.”

You can read the whole article here. (Source – LitHub newsletter)

Readings + Events

The Bocas lit fest has a series of virtual conversations with authors known as Bios & Bookmarks. Season Six kicks (or, depending on when you’re reading this, kicked) off with author Barbara Lalla. Tune in November 14th 3 p.m. AST via the Bocas facebook page. I have to say between the book awards, fellowships, workshops, conversations, and, of course, the literary festival, while I would like to see more…resonance… in underserved parts of the Caribbean, Bocas is doing a impactful work developmentally and promotionally re lit arts in the broader Caribbean region.


The first British Virgin Islands literary festival was held this November, 2nd to 13th. It was a semi-virtual collaboration between the H. Lavity Scoutt Community College and the BVI department of culture. Announced writers included Andre Bagoo (TT), Amanda Choo Quan (TT), Amilcar Sanatan (TT), Anthony Anaxagorou (UK), Cadwell Turnbull (USVI), Canisia Lubrin (SLU), Des Seebaran (TT), Eugenia O’Neal (BVI), Tiphanie Yanique (USVI), Tami Navarro (USVI), Traci O’Dea (US), Raymond Antrobus (UK), and BVI poet laureate Richard Georges (BVI). Activities included a series of workshops, film screening, and panels. (Source – JR Lee email)


Patricia Tully will be having a signing of her book Pioneers of the Caribbean, co-authored with Ingrid Lambie. Venue is the Best of Books, St. Mary’s Street, Antigua, on November 20th 2021. This book was one of the Wadadli Pen 2021 Challenge prize.

(Source – Best of Books on Facebook)


Jamaica Kincaid is the honoured guest at the City College of New York’s 2021 Langston Hughes Festival on November 18th 2021, and here’s where you can get tickets to view online. The Festival describes the Ovals, Antigua born writer’s work – which includes novels Annie John, Lucy, Autobiography of My Mother, Mr. Potter, and See Now Then – as “original and essential” and I (Ottos, Antigua writer Joanne C. Hillhouse) am one of the people slated to speak on the writer and her work. For my other recent appearances, go here.

Here we are together at the 2015 US Virgin Islands Literary Festival at which she was the keynote speaker and I was a presenter.

Other speakers at the event will be Linda Villarosa, an American author and journalist, and former executive editor of Essence magazine; Laura K. Alleyne, a Trinidad born, award winning poet and author; American musician of Ecuadioran descent Helado Negro; and professor of french and Africana studies Kaima L. Glover. (Source – in house)


Guyanese writer Imam Baksh is part of the IWP panel discussion series alongside Salha Obaid of the UAE and Candace Chong Mui Ngam of Hong Kong. The topic, Imagination <> Computation. The time, Friday 5th November 12 – 1 p.m. CST. The stream can be viewed at the Iowa City Public Library, The Library Channel. Read more about Baksh (Children of the Spider) and other IWP writers-in-residence for 2021 here. (Source – Twitter)


Dominica-UK’s Papillote Press continues its reading series featuring its authors, the latest installment ‘What do I know’ by Dominica’s Celia Sorhaindo (watch the video in our Reading Room and Gallery). The Bocas longlisted poetry collection Guabancex, where this poem and others in which Sorhaindo processes life after hurricane Maria can be found, has amassed many positive reviews including one by me. For Sorhaindo, it was life changing – both the 2017 storm and the collection. A Papillote release quotes her as saying, “Hurricane Maria was a very traumatic time. We saw the worst side of nature, and the best and worst sides of human nature, and went through incredible mental and physical challenges. Writing the poems for this chapbook was a therapeutic exercise, a way of trying to make sense of, work through and process all that happened.” (Source – publisher email)

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, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, The Jungle Outside, 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 Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Roland Watson-Grant: Caribbean Winner, 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize — Repeating Islands

Jamaican author Roland Watson-Grant is the Caribbean Winner of the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, with “The Disappearance of Mumma Dell”—his winning story of a matriarch’s funeral gone awry, a missing body, a forbidden pear tree and a community under threat is told through the eyes of a teenager. The 2021 overall winner will be announced […]

Roland Watson-Grant: Caribbean Winner, 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize — Repeating Islands

‘I entered Commonwealth Short Story Prize because I write in the spaces where cultures have conversations. I eavesdrop on what one culture –based on geography or time– has to share with another. I couldn’t ignore a platform that is dedicated to the very same thing.’ (Grant)

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for submissions. See this and other deadlines in Opportunities Too.

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Carib Lit Plus (Early to Mid May 2021)

A reminder that the process with these Carib Lit Plus Caribbean arts bulletins is to do a front and back half of the month, updating as time allows as new information comes in; so, come back, or, if looking for an earlier installment, use the search window. (in brackets, as much as I can remember, I’ll add a note re how I sourced the information – it is understood that this is the original sourcing and additional research would have been done by me to build the information shared here)


Popular African American novelist Eric Jerome Dickey called himself a fAntiguan (in fact the picture often used as his author photo, in the attached article was taken by Antigua-based photographer Joseph Jones). Barbados claimed him too. As his long time agent Sara Camilli (also my agent) suggests in this LitHub article, being at home anywhere in the world was part of his charm. Eric lost his battle with cancer in January – one of two losses I felt personally right around my birthday in early January. One was one of my young Cushion Club/Wadadli Pen kids who died in an accident (and for whom his father has now set up the Zuri Holder Achievement Award as one of our Wadadli Pen prizes) and the other was the author, EJD, who had always been kind to me since we met at one of the literary festivals here in Antigua and whom I had no idea was sick. None at all. Like Chadwick Boseman, it feels like he put every effort in to living rather than dwelling on his inevitable death. I urge you to read Sara’s tribute which was enlightening for me, both in terms of the depth of their relationship and in the many things I didn’t understand about him. He truly is an example of someone gone too soon.

Me on a panel with Eric Jerome Dickey at the ABILF


Due to Barbadian writer Cherie Jones’ whose How the One-Armed Sister sweeps the House is shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. See the announcement below. (Source – Women’s Prize for Fiction email)

New Books

May 20th 2021 is Publication Day for Trini author Lisa Allen-Agostini. Her latest The Bread the Devil Knead lands at the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival. (Source – the author’s facebook)

Wadadli Pen News

We have posted the Wadadli Pen Challenge 2021 Long List. ETA: and now the Short List. And be sure to see the continually updated Opportunities and Opportunities Too pages for more…opportunities. ETAA – We’ve set May 30th 2021 @ 3 p.m. as the time for the virtual awards ceremony. (Source – in house)

Lit News

Bocas wrapped with a panel on the 100 Caribbean Books that Made Us. We posted about it here. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Not about the post so much but continuing the conversation – what are the Caribbean books that made you. (Source – live observance of the Bocas fest on YouTube and in house)

For Your Viewing Pleasure

The Ministry of Education, Sports, and Creative Industries of Antigua and Barbuda has, as of May 5th 2021, launched the first in a series of virtual symposiums on Meaningful Research: Enabling, Informing, and Creating Positive Change. This will continue every Wednesday in May, 5 to 6:30 p.m. AST on the MoE Facebook and YouTube platforms. “I am hoping that there will be some positive action and change coming out of the presentations,” said Dr. Desiree Antonio, event chair. Education director Clare Browne said the symposium is intended to be a permanent part of the Ministry of Education’s annual calendar. For more information, call 781-5038 and 722-6541. (Source – Daily Observer newspaper and additional research)


We mentioned the US Embassy’s World Book and Copyright Day chat with Barbadian author Cherie Jones in our last bulletin. Well, now we have video. (Source US Embassy Bridgetown)

It’s also been added to our newest Reading Room and Gallery along with my Book and Copyright Day chat and a reading of my story Carnival Hangover by Intersect’s Nneka Nicholas. Be sure to follow both my channel AntiguanWriter and Wadadli Pen‘s, and check out the reading room and Intersectantigua.com (Source – in house)

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, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, The Jungle Outside, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on AmazonWordPress, 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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Carib Lit Plus (Early to Mid March 2021)

A reminder that the process with these Carib Lit Plus Caribbean arts bulletins is to do a front and back half of the month, updating as time allows as new information comes in; so, come back, or, if looking for an earlier installment, use the search window. (in brackets, as much as I can remember, I’ll add a note re how I sourced the information – it is understood that this is the original sourcing and additional research would have been done by me to build the information shared here)


While Antigua and Barbuda is not specifically named, Antiguan and Barbudan writer Jamaica Kincaid is on this USA Today list of 100 Black novelists and fiction writers you should read… (that includes other Caribbean writers like Marlon James of Jamaica and Edwidge Dandicat of Haiti). Read the full list.


The Wadadli Pen patrons list continues to grow in spite of challenging times – the latest pledges come from former Wadadli Pen finalist cum award winning writer Rilys Adams, Cedric Holder of the Cushion Club, and Diana McCaulay with her publisher Peepal Tree Press. They join celebrated Jamaican author Olive Senior, another past Wadadli Pen finalist Daryl George, new local writer Patricia Tully; plus Moondancer Books and the Best of Books. Additional books have also arrived from the year biggest donor to date Harper Collins UK. The Wadadli Pen Challenge gives writers and artists in Antigua and Barbuda until March 26th 2021 to respond to the Challenge to reflect and create. Readers also have to this time to #readAntiguaBarbuda and vote for their favourite books. Details here.

For more opportunities with pending deadlines check this link, and, because I’ve recently received requests for information re publishing, here too are links to the main Opportunities and Resources pages.


I wrote about the death in December 2020 of Belizean writer Zee Edgell in the first Carib Lit Plus of the year. I’m revisiting her life to share a link to the review I posted in February of her book The Festival of San Joaquin which was one of my picks for my Black History Month #abookaday project.

I want to thank Trinidad filmmaker (Banyan Ltd.) Christopher Laid for giving permission to share the following Zee Edgell interview from the Second Conference of Caribbean Women Writers (1990). Access it by clicking the image below and using the password ‘zee’.

I also wanted to share an announcement from her daughter Holly, received via email from St. Lucian writer John Robert Lee (excerpted): ‘ST. LOUIS, Missouri — Zee Edgell, Belize’s foremost author of fiction, has died at the age of 80. She passed away on December 20, in her home after a battle with cancer. Born in Belize City, British Honduras in 1940, Mrs. Edgell was the daughter of the late Clive Tucker and Veronica Tucker (nee Walker). She was married to the late Alvin Edgell for 52 years. Together they raised two children: journalist Holly Edgell, 51, and physician Randall Edgell, 45. …Mrs. Edgell authored four novels and five short stories set in Belize, the only Belizean writer of fiction to do so. Her first book, Beka Lamb (Heineman 1982), is beloved in Belize and throughout the Caribbean. It has been part of school and examination curricula in the region and in other parts of the world since its publication. Mrs. Edgell received an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados in 2009. She holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Kent State University and earned a diploma in journalism from Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster). In 2007, she received an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II, for her services to literature and the community. Among Mrs. Edgell’s many services to Belize was her founding of the “The Reporter” newspaper in 1967. In addition, she served as director of the Women’s Bureau (later the Women’s Department) under the People’s United Party and the United Democratic Party in the 1980s. Later, she was a lecturer at the University College of Belize (now the University of Belize). …After retiring from Kent State University as a tenured English professor in 2009, Mrs. Edgell moved to St. Louis, Missouri with her husband.’ (Source – re additional content – John Robert Lee via email)

New Books

The Caribbean Literature in Transition series from Cambridge University Press has dropped – electronically in December 2020 and hard copy in January 2021. Its authors are:

Evelyn O’Callaghan, professor of West Indian Literature, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and author of writings on women’s writing, early Caribbean narratives and more recently, ecocritical readings of Caribbean landscapes in visual and scribal texts. She has edited early Caribbean novels such as Antiguan and Barbudan writer Frieda Cassin’s With Silent Tread. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of West Indian Literature.

Curdella Forbes, professor of Caribbean Literature at Howard University and award winning fiction and non-fiction writer. She serves on the editorial advisory board of JWIL and Anthurium. Her most recent work of fiction is A Tall History of Sugar (Akashic 2019, Canongate 2020).

Tim Watson, professor of English at the University of Miami and author of several books on Caribbean culture and writing.

Raphael Dalleo, professor of English at Bucknell University whose most recent book, American Imperialism’s Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism (2016), won the Caribbean Studies Association’s 2017 Gordon K. and Sibyl Lewis Award for best book about the Caribbean. He serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of West Indian Literature.

Ronald Cummings, associate professor of Postcolonial Studies in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University. He is co-editor of the Literature Encyclopedia volume on Anglophone Writing and Culture of Central America and the Caribbean.

Alison Donnell, professor of Modern Literatures in English and Head of School of Literature, Creative Writing and Drama at the University of East Anglia, who has published widely on Caribbean and Black British writings, with a particular emphasis on challenging orthodox literary histories and recovering women’s voices. She is the author of Twentieth Century Caribbean Literature (2006) and Caribbean Queer: Creolized Sexualities and the Literary Imagination in the Anglo-Caribbean (2021), as well as co-editor (with Michael A. Bucknor) of The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature (2011). She leads a major project funded by the Leverhulme Trust: ‘Caribbean Literary Heritage: recovering the lost past and safeguarding the future’.


Some people got creative and busy during the pandemic; Jamaican writer Olive Senior got so busy and so creative she got a whole book of Pandemic Poems: First Wave out of it.

“Early in the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Olive Senior began posting her series of Pandemic Poems on social media. The project was a way of bearing witness to the strangeness of it all and forging a reassuring connection with readers. Each poem is a riff on a word or phrase trending in the first wave of the pandemic – an A to Z of the lexicon newly coined or quickly repurposed for our historic moment. By presenting these words and phrases in sequence, Senior offers a timeline of the way events unfolded and how the language and preoccupations kept changing in response. In this accessible collection, Senior captures the zeitgeist of 2020.” (Repeating Islands) (Source – posting by another author on facebook)

p.s. Olive is a Wadadli Pen 2021 patron. So, buy her book!


Visual artist Heather Doram has turned her talents to publishing with a new series of colouring books.

A variety of Heather Doram merch can also be found exclusively at her online store. (Source – Heather Doram, artist, on instagram and/or facebook)


The latest release from Caribbean Reads, its first book of 2021, is The Talking Mango Tree by A. H. Benjamin of the UK with illustrator Daniel J. O’Brien of Trinidad. The mango tree, so says the plot, begins demanding a performance from each animals who wants its fruits and as one child reader reveals below Papa Bois is not happy.

This link includes various Caribbean booksellers that carry Caribbean Reads books but also see online and wherever books are sold. (Source – Caribbean Reads on instagram)



I previously posted this book in 2020 – not sure if pub was delayed or if I got the date wrong but I just learned that it was actually published this year, January 28th 2021, by Peepal Tree Press. So I did something I don’t normally do (deleted it from that 2020 Carib Plus Lit to re-post here). Shout out to Jacqueline Bishop whose The Gift of Music and Song: Interviews with Jamaican Women Writers has been described as a “beautiful collection of interviews, conducted by journalist, poet, novelist and artist Jacqueline Bishop, features insightful and entertaining conversations with many of Jamaica’s most significant writers including Olive Senior, Lorna Goodison, Marcia Douglas and many more.” A Peepal Tree press release, also, said, “Beginning at childhood, each interviewee narrates their fond memories of the Caribbean country with a nostalgia and yearning for a place that is complex and freighted with political, social and racial difficulties. The Gift of Music & Song is a space for these writers to talk deeply about writing back to their homeland; about being female voices from Jamaica, how one should represent the country, its rhythms and cadences, and what it means to be a female writer in the world today.” (Source – update via email from John Robert Lee)


Observer Media Group (Antigua and Barbuda) reporter Shermain Bique-Charles has published a romance novel, Jasmine: Shedding My Skin. According to the Daily Observer newspaper, “the story follows the life of a young woman who is teased in school and considered to be unpopular. In a series of intriguing developments, a young man teams up with his friends planning to violate her. Instead he falls in love with her, putting aside all his wealth, pride and ego to gain her trust and love.” The veteran journalist is originally from Dominica. (Source – Daily Observer newspaper)

Shedding My Skin is just outside the publication window for the #readAntiguaBarbuda 2021 initiative (which closed in January 2021) but remember to vote for your favourite among the books that are in contention. (Source – the Daily Observer newspaper)

Congrats Due To…

Eric Barry of Trinidad and Tobago, regional winner of the International Playwriting Competition of 2020 with ‘Delisa Brings Home the Rainbow’. The full list of winners here.


Richards Georges. Don’t remember if I mentioned this but, hey, it’s worth mentioning twice or thrice…Richard Georges is settling in to his role, announced late last year, as the first poet laureate of the Virgin Islands. Richard, who has Antiguan and Trinidadian roots, is a BVI author, most recently celebrated for his Bocas best book win. Speaking of Bocas, Georges is, at this writing, participating in a celebration of Black Britain that’s a collaboration between Bocas and Penguin Books UK. “Linking current voices with their past influencers, the partnership will criss-cross the Atlantic to celebrate the re-publication of six previously out-of-print works by Black British authors, including James’s fictional masterpiece, and newly-commissioned work by a younger generation of Black British poets and writers, including Malika Booker, Richard Georges, Keith Jarrett, Hannah Lowe, Maureen Roberts and Roger Robinson.” – Trinidad and Tobago Newsday (Source – email, various)


Aishah Roberts on her appointment to director of film development – Europe & UK at Fandomodo Films. Aishah is from Antigua and is the daughter of another film vet Conrad Roberts. Sidebar – Conrad Roberts‘ name was familiar to me as someone growing up in Antigua and Barbuda in the 1980s as he was maybe the only local working in Hollywood (e.g. Mosquito Coast, Miami Vice) I was aware of at the time.


Shabier Kirchner who has been collecting nominations and awards this season for his work as cinematographer on Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series. Read all about it in the latest installment of my CREATIVE SPACE series – Small Axe, Big Talent.


Edward Baugh and Mervyn Morris, joint announced recipients of Bocas’ Henry Swanzy Award.

“Baugh and Morris are widely considered pioneers of the study of West Indian literature, over careers that each span half a century. …

The Award, established in 2013, is named for the late BBC radio producer Henry Swanzy. Irish by birth, Swanzy worked as producer of the influential Caribbean Voices radio programme — originally founded by Jamaican Una Marson — from 1946 to 1954, becoming an essential figure in the development of modern West Indian literature.

The Bocas Lit Fest founded the award to honour and celebrate the contributions of the editors, broadcasters, publishers, critics, and others who have shaped the evolution of Caribbean literature behind the scenes.” (Repeating Islands) Personal congrats to my former mentor, Mervyn Morris. Well deserved. (Source – Facebook)


Sharma Taylor.

Sharma Taylor whose debut novel, What a Mother’s Love Don’t Teach You, has been acquired Virago at auction, part of a two-book deal. Via this March 1st 2021 article on thebookseller.com, ‘Described as “a powerful story of belonging, identity and inheritance”, the novel brings together a host of voices to evoke 80s Jamaica’s ghetto, dance halls, criminal underworld and corrupt politics, and at its heart, a mother’s unshakeable love for her son.’ About the book: “At 18 years old, Dinah, a Jamaican maid, gave away her baby son to the rich American couple she worked for before they left Jamaica. They never returned. She never forgot him. Eighteen years later, a young man comes from the US to Kingston. From the moment she sees him, Dinah never doubts—this is her son. What happens next will make everyone question what they know and where they belong.” The first of Taylor’s books are to be published in July 2022. Use the search feature to find the other times Sharma Taylor has shown up here on the blog (and there’s this exclusive interview on my other blog); it’s a lot as she’s been having breakthrough after breakthrough in recent years. I first met the Jamaica-born, Barbados-resident lawyer and writer when she participated in a 2016 workshop I co-facilitated at the BIM Literary Festival (we were co-participants in a 2018 Commonwealth workshop in Barbados). In the time I’ve known her, it’s been a meteoric rise including being shortlisted twice for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (in 2018 and 2020) and winning the 2020 Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Prize and 2019 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize for emerging writers. Her short story “How You Make Jamaican Coconut Oil” won the 2020 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize. In 2020, ‘The Story of Stony’ (which I wrote the author was “heartbreaking”) was longlisted for the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean. An earlier version of What a Mother’s Love Don’t Teach You was awarded second prize in the 2020 First Novel Competition (organized by Daniel Goldsmith Associates). “I wrote this book to showcase Jamaican culture and to explore the relationship between mothers and their children. I was captivated by Dinah’s voice the moment she came to me in the kitchen of my apartment in Barbados.” (via email and social media – from the author)


From left, Jamilla Kirwan, Marcella Andre, and NIA Mentor inaugural winner Nissa Butler.

Nissa Butler emerged winner of the first NIA Mentor Award. The initiative, launched and funded by NIA Comms founder Marcella Andre and media relations specialist at the Ayre Group Jamilla Kirwan, is intended to invest in and boost an Antiguan and Barbudan female entrepreneur – providing her money ($7,000) and mentorship (from seven women in business) for a year. Nissa’s business is Butler Inscriptions and Butler Graveside Concierge service. Novel (and creative) ideas to be sure. In her publicly posted thank you, Nissa pledged to do just what the NIA Mentor Award is poised to do for her. “I will continue my efforts to pay it forward and I await, with pleasure, the bringing about positive development and opportunities for my personal growth, business and for you, my fellow female entrepreneurs.” We share this because we recognize and applaud creativity and in an environment starved for opportunity, Marcella got creative. (Source – Observer newspaper, Antigua and further research via facebook)

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Caribbean Development Bank’s Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) in collaboration with our accelerator partner Animae Caribe is seeking applications from visual artists to participate in I.C.E Caribbean (Incubator for Collaborative Expression), the first edition of a regional Visual Arts Biennial that will take place in Nassau, The Bahamas. Stakeholder consultation on February 19, […]


Opportunity for artists. Be sure to follow the page and check our Opportunities and Opportunities Too for other, well, opportunities not to be missed.

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CARIB LIT Plus Mid to Late May 2020


Have you been keeping up with my CREATIVE SPACE series covering local art and culture? I say local but there’s been some regional spillage. The second issue of May 2020 (the series as of 2020 is running every other Wednesday in the Daily Observer with an extended edition on my blog), however, covered Antiguan and Barbudan Art of the Century.  ‘Heather’s picks: Mark Brown’s Angel in Crisis series – a 2008 visual art show described in international publication The Culture Trip as “a provocative contemplation of the human condition”. She credited “the depth of the pathos”.’ That’s just one  of three picks by Antiguan and Barbudan visual artist Heather Doram. Read about her other picks, and picks from other artists. Tell me about your picks. In case you missed any of the previous installments in the series, they are archived on the Jhohadli website.

Covid Consequences

The country (Antigua and Barbuda), like much of the world, has been reopening – cross your fingers. Some are being real reckless; don’t be like them. COVID-19 is still very much with us; this is economic expediency not an all-clear sign.

Carnival remains cancelled – for the first time in my lifetime.

New music from local artist Rashid Walker

A little help from the Caribbean Development Bank for people in the creative industries who’ve suffered loss of income due to COVID-19. Specifically to the festivals sub-sector and the Carnival and Festivals sub-sector. The grant is for product development – to produce an online/virtual product, marketing – to promote new Caribbean content, digital – to support the further development of electronic solutions for revenue generation; projects should be community oriented. Details here.

Book Recs

Stay with me here. Margaret Busby OBE is Britain’s youngest and first Black female publisher. She was recently profiled in the 100 Pioneering Women of Sussex Blog series. Excerpt: “Margaret Busby was born in 1944 in Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana) to Dr George Busby and Mrs Sarah Busby. She went to school in Sussex in Bexhill until the age of 15. She then went to London University to read English, graduating in 1964.” That had me saying, wow. because Margaret is a solid 29 years older than me and I had no idea when we met; her Black don’t crack for real but also she was just so cool – I never once felt out of place around her (which sometimes happens when you walk in to certain spaces). Here we are (her far right, me second from right) in Sharjah in 2019:

The article talks about New Daughters of Africa, the second global anthology in this series (this one 25 years after the original) which she edited. My interactions with her were always respectful and generous – even after all she  has achieved; I have enjoyed being a part of this project. “The 2019 anthology has been nominated for NAACP Awards for Outstanding Literary Work 2020 and a Lifetime Achievement in African Literature by Africa Writes in 2019. Each anthology compiles more than 200 women from Africa and the African diaspora.” So, the rec is New Daughters of Africa. Don’t sleep on it.


“Some of the earliest pioneers of crime fiction and mystery thrillers, who included Edgar Mittelholzer and John Morris (pseudonym of John Hearne and Morris Cargill), now find a worthy successor in Grenadian writer Jacob Ross.” – John R Lee’s review of new book Jacob Ross book Black Rain Falling

African American writer Jewell Parker Rhodes is a past Wadadli Pen patron (she donated copies of her book Ninth Ward in 2011) and we are happy to report this positive review of her latest book Black Brother, Black Brother. ‘Born of a white father and a black mother, Donte is extremely darker than his light-skinned brother Trey, and faces substantial discrimination at Middlefield Prep. His schoolmates label him “black brother” and even with Trey’s support he is treated like an outcast. Being one of the few black boys at his new school, Donte is framed and arrested for “throwing a pencil with intent to harm.” His society is constructed by whites for whites so those belonging to this race are considered lawful and civilized. Blackness, on the other hand, is viewed as a stain and is linked to criminality. This causes Donte to be seen as a “thug” who is responsible for any disruption that arises at Middlefield. He is left feeling defeated and confused as he highlights, “the uniform is supposed to make us all the same.” Uniforms at Middlefield Prep. do not guarantee uniformity and compassion, whiteness does, and this is something that Donte lacks on the outside.’ Sounds really interesting. Read the full review at the African American Literary Book Club.

Bocas Lit Fest’s #MyCaribbeanLibrary survey which invited people to share books that made them has yielded the following titles: Giant by Trinidad-born BVI author with Antiguan roots, recent Bocas winner (for another book) Richard Georges, Pynter Bender by Grenada born UK based writer Jacob Ross, US based Jamaican writer Orlando Patterson’s Children of Sisyphus, UK based Jamaican writer Kei Miller’s Augustown, He Drown She in the Sea by Shani Mootoo, a Canada based Trinidadian writer, Prospero’s Daughter by Elizabeth Nunez, Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo, of Trinidad, based in Scotland, Mad Woman by Jamican-American Shara McCallum, Uncle Brother by Jamaican Barbara Lalla, who is professor emerita from Trinidad’s UWI campus, Jamaica’s poet laureate Lorna Goodison’s By Love Possessed, Claire Adam’s Trinidad set Golden Child, The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prada-Nunez of Puerto Rico, UK based Trini Monique Roffey’s House of Ashes, Barbados’ George Lamming’s In the Castle of My Skin, Trinidad’s Michael Anthony’s Green Days by the River, Nobel winning Omerus by St. Lucia’s Derek Walcott, Dominican Jean Rhys’ Voyage in the Dark, Small Island by Andrea Levy, a British writer of Jamaican descent, Trinidadian V. S. Naipaul’s Miguel Street, and Guadeloupean writer Maryse Conde’s Segu.

The New York Public Library’s picks in April for Immigrant Heritage Week included Caribbean titles, including US based Trinidadian Elizabeth Nunez’s memoir Not for Everyday Use and Esmeralda Santiago’s When I was Puerto Rican.


The five regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will be announced on June 2nd 2020 and the overall winner during a special ceremony on June 30th 2020. Click here for information on catching it live. In the running for the Caribbean prize are Jamaica’s Brian S. Heap (Mafootoo), Trinidad and Tobago’s Brandon McIvor (Finger, Spinster, Serial Killer), and Sharma Taylor (Cash and Carry), of Jamaica but resident in Barbados, whom I interviewed on my Jhohadli blog.

Jamaican writer Marlon James won the Ray Bradbury prize from the L. A. Times for his book Black Leopard, Red Wolf. The prize is for science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction generally.

Congratulations to all Wadadli Youth Pen Prize recipients. Here’s this year’s photogallery.


The Bocas Lit Fest, as part of its 10th anniversary, has rolled out a number of resources for readers and writers – e.g. a publishing consultancy and book network.

Remember to check the Opportunities Too page here on the blog for opportunities for writers and artists with pending deadlines.


Fans of the road march winning (Dress Back) Antiguan and Barbudan Vision band are mourning another loss. Founding member and vocalist (2 x Calypso monarch Edimelo) died quite suddenly recently and now so has another founding member, keyboardist Eric Peters. It was announced on May 20th 2020 that he had been found dead at his Browne’s Avenue home. A post mortem was scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Poet Cecil Gray died in March and was subsequently tributed by Peepal Tree Press with which he had a special relationship.

Guyanese playwright and director Michael Gilkes and cartoonist Samuel Rudolph Seymour – more casualties of COVID-19 from the Caribbean arts community – were remembered in the hometown press.


Compiled by Antiguan and Barbudan writer and Wadadli Pen coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse from various sources. 


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NAACP Image Award Nominees

If you’re a Black writer (or a Black person in entertainment), the NAACP Image Awards is on your radar (up there with the Hurston Wright Awards, and for children’s books the Coretta Scott Award, and if you’re in the Caribbean Bocas and the Burt Award). There are so few opportunities for us to be the cream rising to the top, we can’t be out here lukewarm with our ambitions. And unaware of the niche opportunities. So, it follows that Wadadli Pen welcomes the opportunity to celebrate the winners (yes, nominees are winners too) of these awards (if you’re a book lover these long and short lists are always good for ‘discovering’ books you might not have heard of before). Here (with random ramblings so that this isn’t just another list) are (some highlights of) the NAACP 2019 literary winners and nominees (full list after the link)– shout out to the African American Literary Book Club for always being on the ball.

In the memoir/autobiography category, I recognize Francesca Ramsey’s face if not her name or the book (Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist) as I’ve watched episodes of her de-coded series on MTV on Youtube, where she tackles topical issues with a humorous spin – sort of like a comedy-esque wiki.This is the first one I saw (I think) You might also remember her from the What White Girls Say video series.

Years on from his death, Nelson Mandela (also a nominee in this category) remains an inspiring global figure. If you haven’t read his Long Walk to Freedom, you should; his nominated book this time around though is The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela.

If the Harlem Renaissance is of interest to you (and if you like the writings of Zora Neale Hurston, check; Langston Hughes, check; Claude McKay, check; and others of this transformative time in 20th century Black literature, it will be), another nominated book The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart will catch your eye as it did mine. Locke is described as the father of the Harlem Renaissance.

Speaking of, a book that is quite possibly the literary find of the past year or so (and one on my TBR), Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: the Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’ is sure to be interesting reading (I’ve read excerpts and that’s my opinion, and would be even if she wasn’t already one of my faves). I only wish Zora had realized how much her writing meant to all of us while she was still alive (check out her classic work Their Eyes Were Watching God if you haven’t already).

You knew this one was going to be on the list, the bestselling before it even dropped biography of our US First Lady forever Michelle Obama – it’s fascinating to me how public attitude toward Michelle transformed between the campaign during her husband Barack’s first run to, well, now where she is quite possibly more popular than him. Her book is Becoming.


In the children’s category, there is Facing Frederick: the Life of Frederick Douglass by Tonya Bolden. I hadn’t heard of this one before but I can testify to how inspiring the life of the enslaved man turned abolitionist can be for a child, as it was for me when I first came across his autobiography (a section of it at least) as a child.

Can I just say that picks in this category remind me of our own lack of vision (because I know I have, and perhaps I’m not the only one, pitched to the powers that be – separately and on more than one occasion – for funding – because researching, writing, and producing takes time – for a book and TV mini-series re Antigua and Barbuda’s National Heroes as a way to inform and inspire our young people… and, ah well).

That brings me to a children’s book treatment of Hidden Figures, the story of the black women whose brains made America’s achievements in the space race possible. It has already received the big screen treatment in an award winning film; and now it’s an award nominated picture book with Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. Point of interest, there are four women on the book’s cover when only three were featured in the movie; so, more to discover. hidden figures.jpg


One of the books in the debut author category is one I’ve been seeing around the book blogs for awhile Small Country by GaëL Faye Gael.jpg– I think the universe is trying to tell me something.

Tyler Perry and gospel music fans will likely be excited about this one – Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family by David Mann and Shaun Sanders – so this one’s for you.


Then *blows loud horn* the category I love because I love fiction and I love the first author among the fiction nominees Tayari Jones and her latest novel An American Marriage – critically acclaimed and well received – with extra boosts for being an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a pick for Obama (yes, that Obama, Michelle’s husband’s) summer reading list. Hey now! – p.s. I highly recommend Tayari’s immediate previous novel Silver Sparrow.

Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray – I haven’t read this one but this is another of those authors who’s on my radar as a past participant (very cool and down to earth and forthright as I remember) in the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival (yep, we had one of those and attracted high caliber talent too…never forget).

Oh, oh, oh! Imma just drop this one right here Who Is the Black Panther?: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Jesse J. Holland. Make that who is the three-time Academy award winning Black Panther.. I actually just read a novelization that features T’Challa before he was King, Storm: Prelude to the Wedding of the Century.


In the Instructional book category, fans of the now cancelled The Chew (and other sisters opting to embrace their funky grey locs) will likely appreciate Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration by Carla Hall.

Politics junkies and fans of another sister in funky greyness (Donna Brazille) may find For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna L. Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore, and Veronica Chambers interesting. I’ve seen some of their interviews about this book and I may read it someday, as I’ve very much enjoyed – and been baffled by – the bits I’ve heard.

Or how about this one, anyone remember FUBU (yeah, yeah, I know he’s on Shark Tank but since I don’t truck with reality TV he’s the founder of FUBU to me) – Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life by Daymond John.

Of course, the one in this category that sounds right up my alley is Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim – not because I am but because, as many books as I’ve read, it feels like I’m discovering more and more books everyday and when will I have the time to read them all. Sigh.


Brazille and co’s book is also nominated in non-fiction, as is Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: the Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’.

As is Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth. by Beverly Bond, a brand you already know as a dope annual TV special. (goosebumps RIP Queen of Soul)

Do you know all the words to the Negro Anthem? Do or do not, this might be the book for you (or me, since I love this song and I’m also the music nerd who likes reading liner notes and lyrical annotations and cultural history): May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem by Imani Perry.

Alice Walker, a forever fave (for books like The Colour Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, In Search of A Mother’s Garden, Living by the Word, and my most recent read Possessing the Secret of Joy), is also on this list for Taking the Arrow out of The Heart.


There is also a poetry section and a teen/young adult section with Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson as a nominee in the latter category , as well as Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson who has been winning alllll the awards of late.

Props to all the nominees. See the full list 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, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and Oh Gad! ). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page Jhohadli or like me on Facebook. Help me 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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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 (deadline date, links, and a brief only because it’s not usual nor practical to post all the details here, also for crediting purposes). This is just a heads up; the rest is up to you. 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

Finally-Finally, Wadadli Pen welcomes interns and/or volunteers year round, read about what to expect here and the experience of a previous Wadadli Pen intern here. If interested, email wadadlipen@yahoo.com  I (author and Wadadli Pen Inc president Joanne C. Hillhouse) am also hoping to attract a new intern – read about my previous intern’s experience here. While a non-paying position, this is an opportunity for someone interested in a career in writing, journalism, research, or related field – ideally a college-age student seeking to get some experience and an informed reference – to shadow a working writer, assist with some assigned tasks while receiving mentorship. If interested, email antiguanwriter@gmail.com If interested in coaching and/or advising either the Wadadli Pen team or myself, we always have room to grow and are open to hearing about that as well – use either email address. To support the work of Wadadli Pen with your contributions, see our Patronage link.


Deadline unknown – 2024 awards period – Anthony N Sabga Award – Details and nominating form. here.

April 3rd 2023 – Team Antigua Island Girls is looking for eight drawings (two per crew-member) to place on their oars for the Pacific Challenge. Submit a high-resolution drawing in PDF format to teamantiguaislandgirls@gmail.com no later than 5 pm on this date. Each local entry is EC$10 payable at Ken’s Club on Utility Drive, opening hours Mon-Sat 8:00am-5:00pm. Overseas entries are US$10 paid via Zelle Kevinia Francis 305 495-0222 or PayPal keviniafrancis@yahoo.com  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 4, 2023.


April 6th 2023 – Antigua and Barbuda art week schools competition – theme: culture in colour – age categories 5-12, 13- 17. Submit to the Antigua Barbuda Tourism Authority at the Sir John E St Luce building on Sir Sidney Walling Highway; no later than 6 p.m. Questions? Call: 562-7600.

April 7th 2023 – Blurred Genre Contest – themed Levity. Poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction. Details here.

April 10th 2023 – The Art House (TAH) and the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) have announced the return of its UK-based residency programme. It’s open to artists living and working in commonwealth (or former commonwealth) country, the US, EU and EEA countries or Switzerland who have not yet exhibited or worked in the UK. Expenses (travel, accommodation, studio etc.) covered. Details here.

April 12th 2023 –

The 2022 Caribbean Media Awards put on by the Caribbean Broadcasting Union – I reached out to them for the details, so I’m going to break it down. In general, entries must be original productions by the submitting entitities, and must have been published or broadcast between January 1st and December 31st 2022. The following awards are determined to the ones adjudgd most outstanding: 
-People’s Choice (print, radio, TV, or digital; determined by open polling)
-Production awards – radio and TV (documentary, magazine, drama, news, investigative report, comedy, entertainment programme)
-Special awards – radio and TV (commercial and public service spots)
-Theme awards – radio and digital (climate change docs, news item, investigative reports, and public service spots; coverage of health and nutrition food policy, and disaster risk reduction; advancement of media and information literacy; pandemic coverage)
-Theme awards – television (climate change docs, news item, investigative reports, and public service spots; coverage of health and nutrition food policy, and disaster risk reduction; advancement of media and information literacy; health education and financial literacy journalism)
-Theme awards – print (climate column/opinion, news items, investigative reports; coverage of health nutrition food policy and disaster risk reduction; advance of media and information literacy; and health education and financial literacy journalism)
-Content creation – open to CBU members only – (social media content creation,  videographer, producer – radio and TV, director – TV, and sound engineer – radio and TV)

Each entry can be submitted in only one category. Climate change and health and nutrition awards have country restrictions (see the full CMA rules CMA_Rules_Issued_Dec_16_2022). 

Additions are also expected to be made to the CBU Hall of Fame.

As indicated, each category except content creation (oddly) is open to both members and non-members but if you have to be a full or associate member in good financial standing in order to collect a cash prize (?). Re non-members, you must be a registered media entity, operating from and/or serving the Caribbean, and in compliance with all media and corporate regulations in the country from which you operate. Some possible hurdles there for independents/freelancers but if you think you have a strong piece, try to troubleshoot them.

Submit to info@caribroadcastunion.org. – subject line: “CBU 2022 Caribbean Media Awards Entry”. An entry form is required – when it is available, here it is CMA-2022-Entry-Form but check the CBU link for yourself just in case, also for alternative file upload or other submission options. ETA: launch video – 

April 14th 2023 – Narratively 2023 Profile Prize. Details here and Eligibility here. I see no indication that it is limited to US citizens and/or residents.

April 18th 2023 – Opportunity for the kids, in Antigua and Barbuda – see flyer

youth leed

April 23rd 2023 – Deadline to apply for Hurston Wright Writers Week. Two virtual and two in person workshops have been advertised between June and July 2023. The venue is the Howard University campus and there is a US$35 application fee and US$500 tuition not including housing. Details here and apply here.

April 30th 2023 – Prince Claus Fund and Goethe Institute mentorship award for cultural and artistic responses to environmental change: a year-long interdisciplinary programme aimed at accelerating engaged community-based cultural practices at the intersection of arts and the environment, initiating an international network of creatives, and fostering leadership. The mentorship brings together 12 mid-career artists and cultural practitioners (± 8-15 years of relevant professional experience) with four mentors, all working across a range of disciplines and environmental issues. In order to foster conversation and collaboration within the cohort, and to support each artist in their own individual practice, this programme (designed considering the needs of the selected participants) includes different types of interaction such as workshops, guest talks and peer-to-peer sessions. Most of the activities are online as the participants are coming from different locales, but twice we come together in person for the two Lab Weeks (week-long mentoring intensives). Additionally, there is a collective project in the form of a publication that we will co-create. Each artist receives an award of €10.000 to work on the concept for a body of work that they outline in their application. Apply here.

April 30th 2023 – Astra International Picture Book Writing Contest. Details here.

April 30th 2023 – Big Cat Writing Competition: Big Cat Writing Competition 2023 Flyer. This year the theme is ‘Celebrating Science’ – encouraging children to write what they love about science. The competition is open to schools worldwide. The maximum word count per story is 500 words and schools can enter two stories per age group (5-7 and 8-11 years). Schools can submit via the online form here. There is a downloadable ​Folder icon Creative Writing Activity Pack including a lesson plan for each age category, along with worksheets to help with the writing process and inspire students to write. A participation certificate is also available to download in the pack. The pack also includes a few recommended readers from the Big Cat programme around the theme of science across the different reading levels, these can be found here. Prizes up for grabs include a year’s access to the Big Cat ebook library for 1 of the key stages (depending on which age category they win), as well as the opportunity to have their story illustrated. Goodie bags and trophies will also be included. Here’s the link to the terms and conditions.

May 6th & May 8th 2023 – Meet a literary agent and book editor at Marita Golden’s online workshop on the publishing industry. There is a cost. Details here.

May 11th 2023 – Limp Wrist Glitter Bomb Award – annual poetry contest – no entry fee – open to anyone from the LGBTQIA community and their allies. Cash prize is US$600. Details here.

May 6th – 13th 2023 – “Get Published! A Workshop on the Publishing Industry and Your Place in It” – there is a fee. Details here.

May 15th 2023 – Ploughshares –  FrMJK0gWAAA48Og

Details here.

June 30th 2023 – My Writing Journey writing competition. Details here.

July 1st 2023 – Danz Books Prize for Fiction and Danz Books Short Story Collection. Details here.

December 19th 2023 – Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean Arts. Arts researchers or practitioners living and working in the Caribbean are eligible to apply; the winner of the award will present their work at the virtual 46th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies which will take place in July of the following year. More here.

December 31st 2023 – The Caribbean Writer – submission deadline for volume 38 for writers and visual artists – submitted entries are eligible for several literary prizes. The theme is “Legacies: Reckoning and Resolve”. Contributors may submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one act plays which explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora. The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Prospective authors should submit all creative works: drama, fiction and poetry manuscripts, through the online portal ONLY. Submit Word files only (no PDFs). Note that TCW no longer accepts hardcopy submissions. Individuals may submit poems (3 maximum), short stories and personal essays on general topics as well as on the theme. The maximum length (for short stories and personal essays) is 3500 words. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. The term “previously published” covers print and electronic publication —including on social media platforms, and self-published items. The Caribbean Writer does not accept simultaneous submissions (items being considered for publication elsewhere). Artists 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.). 

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is researched and written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight/Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth,  With Grace, The Jungle Outside, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe; 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 Jhohadl. Thank you.


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Formerly the ‘Market’s page; this started as a list in progress of primarily writing programmes and places to which you might submit, and has expanded to include other creative leaning opportunities for writers, artists, budding writers and artists, and young people in Antigua and Barbuda and way beyond. I try to do research before posting and do so in good faith; still, I can’t vouch for all. So remember, do your own due diligence; also read the submission and/or application guidelines carefully.

Re the markets, please note these are not all paying markets, or they are not all markets that pay in cash. Some of the programmes have application fees (some of the markets have reading fees too) note: I do have personal objection to markets that declare loudly that they don’t pay but still expect writers to pay to submit, I’m not inclined to post those as a rule but some will slip through  …so,  do your research, weigh the pros and cons, and then go with your gut.

Also, I feel the need to mention this: please please please understand that your work is your copyright unless you explicitly license it to someone else [“It must be remembered that copyright has two main purposes, namely the protection of the author’s right to obtain commercial benefit from valuable work, and more recently the protection of the author’s general right to control how a work is used… In general, respecting the rights of creators to control their creations is a principle many advocate adhering to.” ]…this means, among other things that any changes to that work must be done in consultation with you. Be careful out there.

Also, as you navigate the world of applying for and submitting to things, you may find the following articles useful:
Processing Feedback
Coping with Rejection 
Copyright Information
How to submit your writing to literary magazines

To generate new story ideas or just practice (no just about it), check out the workshop space right here on the blog (though not recently updated). There’s also a Resources page here on the site (which is very frequently updated and addresses most of the questions a working writer and author may have); use as needed. The Services page is for anyone scouting for local editors, illustrators, book formatting services, and more. N.B. if any link is broken, use the search feature to the right of the site. I also write about my experiences as a journeying writer on my author blog – so go there and search “writing” for more personal insights – and here for my writing-related services, locally based but available globally.

On Deadline
Contests and Awards
Paying it Forward
Project Funding


Future Deadlines will be posted on the Opportunities Too page (use the search feature if you can’t find it) but you can still come here for publishers and all the other resources listed below.


The American Academy of Arts and Letters offers different awards. These are mostly geared toward American artists but dig through, you never know.

BOCAS Prize – the largest prize of its type specific to the Caribbean. Each year there is a short list broken down by genre then a top three from each of those genres – fiction, poetry, non fiction. Bocas also offers the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize which replaced the Hollick Arvon Prize, the Burt Award for teen/young adult Caribbean literature, on hold after 2019 due to funding, and the Henry Swanzy Prize. Details here.

Collecting my trophy.

JCH, author and Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator, collecting 2014 trophy as one of the inaugural top three Burt Award finalists at the Bocas Lit Fest.

The Booker Prize – One of the biggest. Find all you need here.

Boston Review Contests – this has a contest model shaped by social justice and accessibility concerns whereby contestants from the USA, Canada, and Western Europe pay an entry fee and all other global entrants do  not. All works will be weighed equally. Details here.

The Bristol Short Story Prize – open to any one any where (who can pay the entry fee and write a kick-ass story), any genre.

Christopher Fielden’s listing of short story contests.

Commonwealth Short Story contest for the best piece of unpublished fiction. The submission period is usually mid-September to mid-November, and the announcement of winners is normally around May/June of the following year. While I have never won this prize, my story, Amelia at Devil’s Bridge, was selected for Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean based on its performance in the Commonwealth Short Story contest; a reminder that participating (whatever the opportunity) can open up other opportunities.

Congress of Caribbean Writers offer a grand prize coinciding with their conference for a book published in the preceding year. The winner is “an author who clearly demonstrates an open Caribbeaness” and “a work in which differences are transcended and the logics, languages and imaginative worlds of a common Caribbean identity are explored.” Applications can be sent by authors and their publishers.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize comes with a US$10,000 purse; the winning book should focus on a central message of peace, broadly defined as increasing understanding between and among people.

Derek Walcott Poetry Prize – Arrowsmith Press, in partnership with The Derek Walcott Festival in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, presents the annual Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry to be awarded to a full-length book of poems by a living poet who is not a US citizen (green card holders welcome) published in the previous calendar year. The book must be in English or in English translation, and may have been published anywhere in the world. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award, along with a reading at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in Boston. In the case of translations, the prize money may be shared by the poet and the translator.

Desi Writers Lounge – my fairytale that became my children’s picture book With Grace started out as a Desi Writers Lounge short story contest honourable mention. This distinction attracted publisher interest – in case, you’re wondering if there’s ever any value in these things.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize is an annual prize with a submission period that runs from May to the end of June. It’s administered by the University of Pittsburgh Press and comes with a purse of US$15,000 and publication by the UofPittsburgh Press under its standard contract. You don’t have to be a US citizen or resident to participate and there’s no entry fee. The award is open to writers who have published a novel, a book-length collection of fiction, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national distribution. On-line publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible. Entries are accepted by mail only; you can now submit online. 

The International Dylan Thomas Prize – the world’s largest literary prize for young writers. More here.

Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction – The competition is open to writers in English, whether published or unpublished. Previous winners of this award are not eligible to win again. Writers must be residents of North America.

Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Award – This is awarded by the Caribbean Studies Association. It carries with it a US$1,000 cash prize. In evaluating submissions (books), the judges look at the importance of their theoretical contribution to our understanding of historical and/or contemporary issues within a discipline of the broader field of Caribbean Studies. Attention is given to the thoroughness of the work and its methods including its use of primary data, use of new methodology, and development of new paradigm. For more information:Caribbean Studies Association Secretariat, c/o Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago Phone: +1 (868) 748-2602 (calls will only be received Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00am – 3:00pm EST) Email: secretariat@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Hurston Wright – The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award™ is the first national (US) award presented to published writers of African descent by the national (US) community of Black writers. This award consists of prizes for the highest quality writing in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. In addition to the Legacy Awards, President’s Choice Awards are awarded at the Legacy Award ceremony.

The O. Henry Prize Stories are selected from the submitted magazines. Stories must be originally written in English and published in Canada and the United States during the previous calendar year. There are no restrictions on genre. Novel excerpts and works in translation are not considered. Submissions from authors and agents are not accepted.

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children’s and Young Adult Novelists – The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children’s and Young Adult Novelists is offered annually to an author of children’s or young adult fiction for a novel-in-progress. Previously called the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, the award was developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete their novel. The author of the winning manuscript, selected blindly by judges unaware of nominees’ names, will receive an award of $5,000.

The Patricia Grodd Poetry prize for Young Writers open to high school sophomores and juniors (around 16, 17, I think) from any where in the world. It recognizes outstanding young poets and the contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem will be published in The Kenyon Review. The runners up will also see their poems published.

Prince Claus Awards include the Prince Claus Seed Awards, the Prince Claus Mentorship Awards, and the Prince Claus Impact Awards – the first two are open call and the Impact Awards invites cultural experts from its global network to nominate candidates. An international, independent & interdisciplinary Jury is commissioned to select the six Impact Award recipients every two years.

Rattle Poetry Prize – The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. You also win a print subscription to Rattle even if you don’t win.

The Saroyan Prize is a book award offered by Stanford University Libraries for writers of fiction and non fiction from around the world.

Speculative Literature Foundation offers four grants – see if you qualify for any of them.

The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize – as the name suggests, this one is for youths resident in Antigua and Barbuda, and open to Antiguan and Barbudan youth (35 and younger) anywhere (provided someone resident in Antigua and Barbuda can collect their prizes locally if they win). Launched in 2004, this annual Challenge helps nurture and showcase the next generation of Antiguan and Barbudan writers and visual artists. This platform is home base for Wadadli Pen, so explore and learn more about us.

Vega collects from Gisele.

Past Wadadli Pen finalist Vega collecting her prize in 2014 from Wadadli Pen co-founder and patron D. Gisele Isaac.

UNESCO International Literacy Prizes – the oldest UNESCO prizes in education. Since 1967, UNESCO has rewarded successful and innovative literacy programmes with the aim of recognizing excellence and inspiring projects in the field of literacy throughout the world. There are two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:

  • The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (2 awards) established in 1989, thanks to the generosity of the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training
  • The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards) the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, established in 2005, thanks to the generosity of the government of the People’s Republic of China. It gives special consideration to literacy for people in rural areas and out-of-school children, particularly girls and women.

Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000. Read more.

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book. Creative submissions welcomed in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. To enter, simply fill in the entry form and send it with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6 if entering one category, £10 for two and £15 for three categories. A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. Other terms and conditions apply. £300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

A periodically updated site promoting new contests, Winning Writers.

Writers’ Digest Your Story Competition & Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition


3LBE or Three-Lobed Burning Eye – speculative fiction magazine published online twice per year and print anthology every other year. Pays US$100 for stories US$50 for flash fiction, plus one copy of print anthology. Seeking original horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Adda – Run by the Commonwealth Writers organization in the UK, Adda typically publishes short stories between 2,000 and 7,000 words (it also publishes non-fiction and poetry but we don’t have submission specs for these categories). But you can inquire for yourself by contacting Commonwealth Writers. This market pays for both story and accompanying art work. You can read my Adda-published story, The Other Daughter, here.

Akashic’s Duppy Thursday series and Mondays are Murder series – submissions should be 750 words or less —no payment, and are asking for first digital rights. The rights to the story revert to the author immediately upon publication —Your story should be set in a Caribbean location and (in the case of Duppy Thursday) incorporate some aspect of folklore, whether centrally or tangentially. You can read my Duppy Thursday story Papa Jumbie and my Mondays are Murder story The Cat has Claws on the Akashic website – sometimes submission provides an opportunity to experiment with different genres.

Analog – a Science Fiction and Fact magazine – pays 8-10 cents per word for short fiction (up to approximately 20,000 words), 6 cents per word for serials (40,000-80,000 words), 9 cents per word for fact articles, and $1 per line for poetry – buys First English Language serial rights plus certain non-exclusive rights – will consider material submitted by any writer solely on the basis of merit – no hard-and-fast editorial guidelines – publishes science fiction stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse – the science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The technology can be anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. But the stories must be strong and realistic, with believable people (who needn’t be human) doing believable things–no matter how fantastic the background might be. – Art must be able to visually interpret the story in such a way that it accurately represents the story, hooks the reader, and doesn’t give away the ending – artists can send four to six samples (copies only) of their best work to be considered for a commission – payment is $1,200.00 for color cover art and $125.00 for black and white interiors. For submission guidelines, go here.

Anansesem is  an online children’s literary journal which accepts stories, poems, art, even non fiction targetted at the children’s market. They published a Best of Wadadli Pen issue in 2011. They especially encourage submissions from young people but accept quality submissions from people of all ages. Submit poems to anansesempoetry@gmail.com, fiction to anansesemfiction@gmail.com, art to anansesemart@gmail.com, and non fiction to anansesemnonfiction@gmail.com  If between eight and 16, submit fiction and nonfiction to anansesemkids@gmail.com Check the site www.anansesem.com, for submission guidelines and other pertinent data; for info re rights and payment check their FAQs.

ARC Poetry Magazine – publishes contemporary poetry. It has two reading periods – April to July and September to December.

Artemis – an award winning US literary journal – more here.

ArtsEtc – ArtsEtc accepts essays, fiction and poetry about Barbados, its Diaspora and, occasionally, the wider Caribbean community in this context. Details here.

Asimov – Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine is an established market for science fiction stories. Asimov’s pays 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents for each word over 7,500. They seldom buy stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words, and don’t serialize novels. They pay $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines. They buy First English Language serial rights plus certain non-exclusive rights explained in their contract. They do not publish reprints, and do not accept “simultaneous submissions” (stories sent at the same time to a publication other than Asimov’s). Asimov’s will consider material submitted by any writer, previously published or not. More here.

Bayou Magazine – open for submissions of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and visual art between September 1st and May 1st of the given year. Details here.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies – Accepts up to 11,000 words – single stories only (no excerpts from longer works) – literary adventure fantasy (i.e. secondary world setting – could have  different zoology, ecology, physical laws, history, unique culture etc. than our world; some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but with a literary approach). Preferably character-driven, original stories. No urban fantasy, no fairy tales or myths, no science fiction, no poetry, no multiple submissions, no sex or violence beyond an R rating, no reprints. Buys first world serial rights, first world electronic rights, non-exclusive world audio rights, an option to buy non-exclusive world anthology rights for US$0.06 cents per word. Author returns copyright and can re-publish or re-sell after  180 days. For formatting and other submission information, go here.

Best online literary magazines

Big Fiction – They welcome longer pieces, like really long. They also pay. Check them  out.

BIM: Arts for the 21st Century out of Barbados publishes short fiction and poetry, academic essays and critical reviews.

BLACKBERRY: a magazine is an online literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. Its goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets.

Bookbird,  journal of International Children’s Literature.

Caribbean Vistas – Caribbean Vistas, a refereed journal, is described as an academic, artistic, and cultural resource for artists, professors, researchers, students, and the global Caribbean community.

The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, founded in 1986 and published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands. Its mission is to publish quality writing by established writers that reflects the culture of the Caribbean; promotes and foster a strong literary tradition; and serves as an institute for the development of emerging writers. See submission details and information on the available literary prizes at thecaribbeanwriter.org or email them submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. I have successfully placed a number of short stories, poems, and one play excerpt with them. ETA: Please note, submission is now online only.

Chicken Soup for the Soul – You know the franchise; well, it’s a paying market but no mention of royalties only a one time fee. They welcome inspirational and personal stories and poetry. More here.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores – pays for fiction, fact articles, and poetry. There’s also the Kepler Award. Details here.

Crazyhorse – this journal welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from September 1st through May 31st, with the exception of the month of January, during which they only accept entries for the Crazyhorse Prizes, and the month of July, during which they only accept entries for Crazyshorts!, our annual short-short fiction contest.

Cricket Media – publishes  writing and illustration for children of all ages; children as well can submit fiction, poetry, and other writing of interest to the age group for the different magazines.

Daily Science Fiction – a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,500 words in length. Specifically they’re looking for science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. They will also consider flash series–three or more flash tales built around a common theme. If submitting a flash series, note that it is a series in your cover letter and at the top of the submitted text in the submission box. Each story does need to stand on its own.

Day One – a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction from debut and emerging writers (i.e. writers who have never published a full length novel or short story collection), English translations of stories from around the world, and poetry. Each issue showcases one writer and poet and includes an introduction from the editor, an interview with the authors, and occasional bonus content. Day One features cover art commissioned from emerging artists and illustrators, and readers will learn more about the artist and the genesis of the cover each week. Seeking original short fiction up to 20,000 words and poetry. They pay and do not charge a fee to submit. Email the story or poem as a word document, along with a brief description and author bio, to dayone-submissions@amazon.com

Dread Machine – They publish  futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction. More here.

Duende – open year round to visual art submissions; lit art submissions open to July 1st. Submit here.

Fairytale Review accepts fiction, drama, and poetry, in English or in translation to English, along with scholarly, hybrid, and illustrated works (comics, black-line drawings, etc.). It will consider original interview transcripts and dialogues. Submit up to 30 pages for consideration, though in rare cases they will consider longer works; space is limited as it is an annual journal. More here.

Fiddlehead – Canada based but open to good writing in English from all over the world, looking always for freshness and surprise. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction and poetry. Paying market.

Five on the Fifth publishes 5 short stories on the fifth of each month. They accept flash fiction, general fiction, non-fiction, horror, and science fiction/fantasy.  The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. They do not publish novels, poetry,  fan fiction, nor erotica – though there can be erotic and/or graphic elements in your fiction, so long as it is for the purpose of telling a great story.  Five on the Fifth is now exclusively accepting submissions through its submission manager, Submittable. Please read the full submission guidelines and submit your work by visiting Five on the Fifth’s Submittable page.

Funds for Writers Submissions related to market news accepted for the newsletter.

The Gingerbread House lit mag is dedicated to publishing quality poetry & fiction with a magical element. They lean toward the literary, but are open to anything well written. Send an email with a brief bio and your submissions in a doc or docx attachment to gingerbreadhouselitmag@gmail.com. For details, go here.

Guernica welcomes submissions from writers and visual artists at all stages of their careers. They accept short and long form non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and visual essays. They pay an honorarium, rate unspecified. Details here.

Hanging Loose – a U.S. publication for teen writers. .

Harper’s – Fiction only; by snail mail only. Details here.

Impossible Archetype – an international online journal of LGBTQ+ poetry. More here.

Interviewing the Caribbean – This is a Caribbean literary journal consisting of conversations and creative pieces by contemporary and veteran writers. Follow on facebook if you want to keep up with the submission calls.

The Island Review – The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is influenced by islands or which explores ideas of islandness. More here.

Journal of West Indian Literature – The Journal of West Indian Literature invites authors to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus and scope of the journal. More here.

Joyland magazine – a literary journal in multiple time zones – especially inviting submissions of creative non-fiction, fiction, and novel excerpts, no poetry, from Black writers. Pays $100/piece. More here.

Kenyon Review – Acceptable submissions include short fiction up to 7,500 words (one only), poetry (up to six poems formatted as a single document), plays (up to 30 pages), excerpts (up to 30 pages) from longer works, and translations of poetry and short prose. All entries will be read; payment is upon publication; authors retain their copyright and will receive a contract spelling all of this out, on acceptance. Send queries to kenyonreview@kenyon.edu or click and read the KR link (preferable to do that rather than emailing them for info that’s already online).

Ladybug & other Cricket Media publications – Art and lit (fiction, poetry) for young children. Paying market.

Malahat Review – paying Canadian market for poetry, fiction, and creative non fiction. See details.

Margutte is open to all types of artistic expression, from literature, music and theatre to cinema, comics and videogames. They publish original works and critical essays. It was born in Mondovì, where many of the editorial staff live or were brought up, but has a much wider scope. Mondo in Italian means world. There are many worlds in Mondovì, and many worlds in the realm of Margutte.

The Missing Slate – Out of Pakistan, Missing Slate is an arts and literary journal created with intent to uphold free speech irrespective of geography, political, or religious affiliations; to honour talent and incorporate as many styles, opinions, and cultures as possible. The magazine is a “borderless” one with a culturally and intellectually diverse team that believes art is too inclusive to be mapped. They take submissions in three categories: art, poetry, and fiction. Narrative nonfiction is currently closed to public submissions. Though submissions are open throughout the year, each category has its separate submissions guidelines, which they ask submitters to respect. At 2020, The Missing Slate is closed to submissions indefinitely. You can still read previous publications like my story, story of the week when it was published, Something Wicked and poem Summer One on their website.

Moko – Out of the BVI and targetted at emerging and established writers and artists from the Caribbean. My poem Children Melee and story Game Changer have been published with them.

Narrative magazine  is dedicated to advancing literary arts in the digital age by supporting the finest writing talent and encouraging readership across generations, in schools, and around the globe. You have to pay to submit but, if (big if; it’s a hard nut to crack) accepted, they also pay well.

The New Yorker – you may know it as the place where Antiguan writer Jamaica Kincaid published her early works; it remains one of the more respected literary publications in America. It’s not easy to get in to but, if you can, it publishes fiction and poetry (submit up to six at a time).

Notre Dame Review – The Notre Dame Review is an independent, non-commercial magazine of contemporary American and international fiction, poetry, criticism and art. Its goal is to present a panoramic view of contemporary art and literature—no one style is advocated over another. They are especially interested in work that takes on big issues by making the invisible seen, that gives voice to the voiceless—work that gives message form through aesthetic experience. They pay a small gratuity.

One Story – One Story has two submission periods, January to May and October to November. They accept literary fiction between 3,000-8,000 words. They pay US$500 and 25 contributor copies for first serial North American rights. All rights revert to the order on publication. More details here.

Palette – Poetry submissions; international; paid; especially encourages submissions from marginalized voices. Details here.

Papirmass – this one is for both literary and visual artists AND it pays a stipend. The most interesting thing about it though might be its novel approach to packaging and distribution of your creative work. It’s a simple one page print. Full submission guidelines here.

ParAbnormal Magazine – They want ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, shapeshifters and creatures from various folklores. They do not want vampires, ghouls, werewolves, or zombies. More here.

Pedestal – poetry, flash fiction, more.

Poetry Ireland Review – Publishes poetry, reviews and articles from Ireland and around the world; and they pay. Only snail mail submissions accepted though. Details here.

Poui is a journal attached to the University of the West Indies Cave Hill.

Prairie Schooner, per its website, publishes “the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers”. More here.

Pree – Caribbean literary platform out of Jamaica looking for work by people who live in the Caribbean, are from the Caribbean, or are of Caribbean descent and live anywhere in the world; will also consider publishing works on or about the Caribbean by non-Caribbean writers. Currently doesn’t pay but hopes this will change in future. Seeking essays, articles, creative non-fiction, fiction, short stories, poetry, and photo essays; will also accept work written in Caribbean vernaculars, English and representations of both. Read more.

Pseudopod – horror short and flash fics to be recorded for audio broadcast. More here. See also these audio fiction markets.

Rattle Poetry – Rattle’s mission is to promote the practice of poetry. Rattle is published in several forms, in effort to find as many readers as possible, but the primary version has been our print issue, originally twice per year, but now appearing quarterly in March, June, September, and December. Every poem we’ve published has or will appear on Rattle.com as part of our daily blog, which features a poem every day, or, occasionally, relevant prose. Many of the poems include an audio clip of the poet reading their work. Here’s the website.

Rainbow Rumpus -the only online literary magazine for children with LGBT parents; it publishes interviews, comics, and fiction about and for kids and teens who otherwise may never read a story about a family like theirs in school. It’s seeking children’s fiction (for ages 5-12) and YA fiction (for ages 13-18) and pays $300 upon publication, for first North American online rights. The story is accompanied by a photo and bio which can link to a writer’s website or blog, and is archived permanently on the site. Read more.

Rebel Women Lit (RWL) publishes discussions on contemporary literary culture, politics, interviews with writers, reviews of publications (creative and scholarly), listicles, hot takes, as well as short fiction and poetry by emerging and established Caribbean writers. They pay an honorarium. Details here.

Room Magazine – for publication of stories, poems, creative non fiction and art. They receive as many as 1200 submissions per year and publish only 80, so submit your best. Submission details.

The Rumpus – paying market for essays, fiction, poetry. Check for reading periods.

Seawoman Press (run by Sandra Sealey in Barbados) is a good resource for market listings as well.

Shenandoah is a paying market that accepts comics, poetry, and prose. Details here.

Small Axe and specifically the SX Salon (described as a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality) is not a paying market, unless you win in the annual literary contest, but, for Caribbean writers, a good credit to have and not an easy one to get. You can submit electronically to submissions@smallaxe.net

StepAway – What I find appealing about this one is this:  “Our writers will lead our readership through the streets of his or her chosen city. They will do so in one thousand words or less.” Interesting challenge, yes? Information is sparse, but read what’s available here.

Storyscape – “We get excited about genre-bending stories of all genres, but also all storytelling methods, i.e., written, audio, visual, found, overheard, and anything else you can think of. If you were wondering if you should submit a photograph of the poem you scrawled in sharpie ink on top of a ripped up advertisement in the subway, the answer is probably yes. Or, you could just send us the poem you wrote. Get it?” More.

Strange Horizons – Paying market for speculative fiction. Details here.

Subtropics publishes the best literary fiction, essays, and poetry being written today, both by established and emerging authors. The open reading period is in September. Details here.

The Sun Magazine – Accepts writing (essays, fiction, poetry, interviews) and photography by snail mail only to Editorial Department, The Sun, 107 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Online submissions now accepted. They say “we’re open to just about anything. Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.” It’s a paying market – $300 to $2,500 for nonfiction, from $300 to $1,500 for fiction, from $100 to $250 for poetry, and from $1,000 to $2,000 for interviews plus a complimentary one year subscription to The Sun.  Read more.

Susumba’s Book Bag – a digital publication out of Jamaica.

Sweet: a Literary Confection – accepting exclusively poetry and creative non-fiction.

Takahe – They accept fiction and poetry; pay is subscription for a year and a copy of the issue in which your work is featured (if you’re a non-New Zealander; NZ’ers receive a cash payment thanks to grants from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa). More here.

Terraform – Seeking 2,000 words of speculative fiction honing in on tech, science, and future culture topics. They pay. Read more.

The Three Penny Review – They pay ($400 per story, $200 per poem). Got anything? Keep the reading period in mind though – January to June. Submission guidelines.

Three-Lobed Burning Eye – Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Short fiction 1000–7000 words ($100), Flash fiction 500–1000 words ($30). More here.

Torch Literary Arts seeks original creative work by Black women writers. They are interested in work that challenges and disrupts preconceived notions of what Black women’s contemporary writing should be.

Tout Moun: Caribbean Journal of Cultural Studies – an open access, peer-reviewed, academic online journal for the cutting-edge research in Cultural Studies produced in and about the Caribbean. The journal welcomes research submissions on diverse cultural projects in a broad range of media including critical essays in written format, visual essays (including photographs, drawings, videos and paintings), book reviews and works of fiction. Published annually Tout Moun is a project initiated by the Department of Liberal Arts at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. The online journal responds to the challenges of a new publishing world, making papers and research accessible via the Internet, and in doing so, making the work of emerging Caribbean scholars and those already respected in this field, available to an international market.

Unfolding is a nonprofit online literary magazine. Its mission is to create space for whimsical and unapologetic storytellers in a growing digital environment. It welcomes journals, poems, interviews, short stories, personal essays, articles, and one-act plays; and aims to highlight Black Writers, Artists, and Talents hailing from all walks of life. Non-paying market. More here.

VQR – “VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers.” Paying market. Read more.

Wasafiri – a UK based academic journal and literary magazine. Welcomes submissions of articles, review essays, interviews, and essays year round; and fiction and poetry during specific periods announced on their website. Also hosts the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize.

Womanspeak is a Bahamian journal featuring Caribbean female writers.

Came across this one at Antiguanice.com…a call for writers on yachting…how ’bout it?

The Wrong Quarterly – accepts fiction of under 6,000 words, fully edited, and previously unpublished; also non-fiction, life-writing, and essays of under 5,000 words.   All submissions should be sent to editors@thewrongquarterly.com Here’s what they’re looking for. At 2020, this publication is also on break.

ZNB Presents – Zombies Need Brains LLC accepts submissions to its online magazine. Details here.


This section is not to be confused with the categories of things, above and below, for which you can put yourself forward. This is about giving someone else an opportunity. I was updating my ‘awards’ page (such as it is) over at my other blog and was reminded that there are things we could all be nominating deserving people for (as maybe someone will do us some day); maybe we just don’t know about them. So,  now we do and now that we do, let’s pay it forward.

The ALBA prize in Literature and the ALBA Prize in Arts for the work of a lifetime from the Bolivarian Alliance for our Americas – I don’t have a huge amount on this – but I know that nominations can come from writers and artist associations, universities and other academic institutions, regional and cultural identities, and others identified with the spirit of the prizes. Not sure how current this is (my information dates back to 2011) but you should be able to get more information by emailing premios@albacultural.cult.cu

The Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence is an annual awards programme out of Trinidad and Tobago. What I like about it is the purse is significant enough to empower the recipient to continue to do the kind of work that would have got them the nomination in the first place. The award is not envisioned as a lifetime achievement – a thank you for your service – but as an encouragement to mid-career artists and professionals across the categories of arts and letters, science and technology, and public and civic contributions who still have work to do and who can serve as a model to others while so doing. You can apply yourself but I want to believe there’s some weight behind being recognized and nominated by others as, as they say, self-praise is no praise at all.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize – named for the famed children’s author of the Pippi Longstocking series, the Swedish prize is the largest award, internationally, for children’s and young adult literature. It amounts to about 5 million in SEK and is awarded annually. Potentials must be nominated. More here.

The International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The Award is an initiative of Dublin City Council the municipal government of Dublin which now retains full ownership of the award. The Award aims to promote excellence in world literature. Nominations are submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library. Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year for the Award. Over 400 library systems in 177 countries worldwide are invited to nominate books each year. Dublin City Libraries actively seek out and encourage nominations from countries who have not previously nominated books for the award. Libraries interested in participating should contact the organisers for details. Did you read that last bit? Libraries interested in participating should contact the organizers for details. Caribbean libraries, Antiguan and Barbudan library system, this is something you can do to boost a deserving book that might otherwise be under the radar. Here is the contact information: International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award Office. Dublin City Library & Archive. 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Ireland. Email: literaryaward@dublincity.ie. Tel +353 1 6744802. For more on the Impac Dublin award, go here.

The National Awards programmee gives Antiguans and Barbudans the opportunity to nominate a deserving recipient who has excelled and impacted his/her field (including the arts) and the community above and beyond. Email govgenab@gmail.com or check press announcements leading up to the November 1st Independence celebrations.

The Pushcart Prize – I’m putting this here instead of the Awards section because this is really an opportunity for editors of journals to nominate writers they think are deserving. In my opinion, Caribbean editors of journals need to be doing more of this – I don’t see enough of our works in the mix. They welcome up to six nominations (print or online) from little magazines and small book press editors throughout the world. The nominations may be any combination of poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs or stand-alone excerpts from novels. They also welcome translations, reprints and both traditional and experimental writing. Nominations are accepted between October 1 – December 1 (postmarked) for the next year’s Pushcart edition. There is no entry fee and no form to fill out. Find out how to submit nominations here.

The Women of Wadadli Awards – like the National Awards – is nominated by the public for deserving (specifically women in this case) Antiguan and Barbudan women in all areas (including the arts). I am thankful to have been a part of the first group of awardees in 2020. Women of Wadadli Awards March 2020I am not sure if it will be an annual thing but I don’t believe the first will be the last; so, stay tuned.

Youth Awards (Antigua and Barbuda) – Just a reminder to keep an eye out year round for deserving young people and make nominations. Here’s an old sample form for reference. This is a project of the Department of Youth Affairs.

Also keep in mind opportunities to serve by volunteering with or contributing to programme like (in, Antigua and Barbuda, Wadadli Pen and  The Cushion Club)


The American Library in Paris Writing Fellowship – nurturing and sustaining cross-cultural intellectual discourse. You don’t have to be American to apply. More here.

Amsterdam Writers’ Residency – for up to three months in the European city working on your writing. Details here.

The Antigua and Barbuda Public Library has an Author of the Month series, part of the Library’s aim to introduce the local community to its authors. Selections are done based on availability during the months of January and November. The authors are invited to display and read from their books. There is a Q & A segment, and attendees are encouraged to purchase copies of the authors’ books. For more information, email publib287@gmail.com or look them up on http://www.facebook.com/NPLAntiguaBarbuda

Barbara Arrindell & Associates – creative writing classes for children and adults –


The Black Project in Antigua and Barbuda is building a database of creatives in Antigua and Barbuda. Artists interested in collaborating with other creatives locally and regionally are invited to fill out a form at this link. I don’t know, this project seems to be dormant but the link remains live, so I’ll leave it for the time being.

Breadloaf  – is an annual workshop, at Middlebury College in Vermont in August. I did this in 2008 on an international fellowship and highly recommend it. A number of other programmes are offered. If you want details or to apply, visit the website.

Breadloaf in Sicily – a spin-off of Breadloaf set in Sicily.

Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops – In 1997, the Editor of Callaloo founded the CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP as an outreach program to historically black colleges and universities—for example, to Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Central University, Spelman College, Fisk University, Xavier University of New Orleans, and others. And as the national need for creative writing workshops increased, the editor expanded and opened the CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP to a number of new and emerging writers from across the United States. Offering sessions in poetry writing and in fiction writing, the workshop now admits, on a competitive basis, participants from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. Additionally workshops have been and continue to be held in the US, UK, and the Caribbean (Barbados). I earned a spot in this fellowship in 2012, at Brown U in Rhode Island; and would highly recommend it.

Camargo Foundation – the Camargo Foundation fosters creativity, research, and experimentation through its international residency program for artists, scholars, and thinkers. Find out more here.

Coalition for Women in Journalism – The first global network of mentors for women journalists with seven chapters in seven countries, offering help to journalists in five languages. They offer a peer support network through our mentorship program, in any region or beat. Women facing crisis situations, can be offered professional and psychological assistance. Mentors are based in the U.S. cover the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. I’m adding them because journalism/media is a branch of writing or vice versa, and too often mentors are lacking in both and mentors for ‘minority’ groups especially so. Find out more here.

Colgate University’s Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing – The annual fellowship is designed to support writers completing their first books. It provides a generous stipend, office space, and an intellectual community for the recipients, who spend the academic year at Colgate. In return, each fellow teaches a creative-writing workshop each semester and gives a public reading of his or her work. Details.

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony – a writers’ colony located near Temecula Wine Colony about 100 miles south of Los Angeles. Details.

Edith Wharton Home – open for 2 – 3 week residencies for women writers – each resident will receive a work space at the Mount, a US$1000 food and travel stipend, and lodging for the duration of their residency. Residents must provide their own transportation. The principal responsibility of each resident would be to spend time further developing her creative work. In addition, residents are required to produce a short piece of public writing (essay, article, blog post etc.) about the time at the Mount and offer a public reading of their work. Read more

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship – The Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow spends nine months full-time in residence in New York. The program enables the fellow to engage in sustained analysis and writing, expand his or her intellectual and professional horizons, and extensively participate in various active program of meetings and events. The fellow will be part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, alongside the program’s full-time, adjunct, and visiting fellows, whose expertise extends across the broad range of significant foreign policy issues facing the United States and the international community. More.

Festivals of the Caribbean – for opportunities to network and promote one’s work in a literary stimulating environment.

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown – Fellowships are awarded to the best application manuscripts. Other factors, such as an applicant’s biography or perceived, particular ability to benefit from the program, may be taken into account, but excellence of the manuscript is the primary over-riding criterion. The jury disqualifies applicants it deems to be already emerged. Writers who have published a full-length book of creative work (or have a contract to publish a full-length creative work) are not eligible. Read more.

Fresh Milk Barbados – is a place for visual artists, writers, thinkers and makers – providing residencies and programmes to enable Caribbean artists to develop, and to raise regional awareness of contemporary arts and global opportunities. See more here.

Going to university in the US? You might want to check out some of these grant programmes.

The Harper Collins Author Academy – open to applications from unagented writers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds. It is a free programme that trains and supports writers that has been put together by Affiliate Publisher Rose Sandy, with support from across the company as well as authors and colleagues from the wider industry. The six-week programme will run twice a year, the first course in January, the second in September, with 45 students in each intake. Details here.

Hosking Houses Trust – offers residencies. Details here.

Hurston Wright – This just came to my inbox – the Hurston/Wright Weekend workshops are open to black writers in the genres of fiction, poetry, non fiction and memoir. Application deadline is April 18th 2014. If you’re near there, check it out or check for more info re fees, location etc at their website or by emailing info@hurstonwright.org

International Writer’s Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa – the Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy at Bridgetown encourages citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St.Vincent and the Grenadines to apply for the prestigious 10 week residency. It is for both established and emerging writers. Applicants must have published at least one book or have had their work appear in significant publications over the past two years. For more on this opportunity email BridgetownExchanges@state.gov

Jhohadli Writing Project + Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project – adult and youth creative writing, writing for media, written communication, coaching, and more right here in Antigua and Barbuda, but accessible from anywhere in the world. Go here for details.

Jhohadli Writing Project 2022 Workshop Schedule 



Businesses and individuals can also support the Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project which aims to encourage critical thinking and creative expression in young Antiguans and Barbudans. This aspect of JWP happens if businesses commit to sponsoring at least one participant. Email antiguanwriter@gmail.com

Just Write – an annual writers’ retreat in Antigua and Barbuda by Brenda Lee Browne.

Kenyon Review fellowships – an opportunity to focus on the writing, and nothing but the writing, for a couple of years. Details here.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop – Retreat in Juneau, Alaska. Details.

The Millay Colony for the Arts – one of the oldest multidisciplinary artist residencies in the world.

Nieman  Fellowship – for journalists – a Nieman Fellowship is an extraordinary, transformative learning opportunity open to journalists working in all media in every country around the world. Those selected for the program spend two full semesters at Harvard auditing classes with some of the university’s greatest thinkers, participating in Nieman events and collaborating with peers. Read more.

NLS Kingston

Obama Foundation Fellowship – Frequently Asked Questions.

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago Monthly Readers Theatre Series Script Submission – PWT is a collective of playwrights, theatre practitioners and enthusiasts working together to make plays for all stages, screens, streets and radios. On the first Wednesday of every month at 7PM (AST GMT-4), since 2009, the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) has been reading scripts in the Monthly Readers Theatre Series (MRTS). Submit your script for review here.

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts – two artist fellowship opportunities. More here.

Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program – Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more.  Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged. Stipends are funded up to $75,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September through May. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community. Other details.

Read Caribbean – the official Caribbean literature programme of the Miami Book Fair.

Sewanee Writers  Conference – applications open mid-January – fellowships and scholarships are available. Details.

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Stegner Fellowship – Stanford University. Details here.

The Steinbeck Fellow Program – The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Center and the University’s creative writing program. The program offers the opportunity to interact with other writers, faculty and graduate students, and to share their work in progress by giving a public reading once each semester during the fellowship.  The fellowships afford a stipend of $10,000. Residency in the San José area is required during the academic year (approximately 1 September – 20 May). Read more.

Storyknife Writers Retreat – Residencies at Storyknife in Homer, Alaska, are either for two or four weeks, based on preference of the applicant. Resident’s food and lodging is covered during the period of their residency, but travel to and from Homer, Alaska, is the responsibility of the resident. Residents stay in individual cabins & dine at the main house. An on-staff chef is responsible for food preparation. Residencies are offered in two week and four week periods. Four week residencies begin on the 1st of each month and end on the 28th. Two week residencies begin on the 1st of each month and end on the 15th. Residencies are available April through October.

US State Department – Opportunities via the US State Department for writers and journalists internationally. Read more. Caribbean folks, you’ll want to check the US Embassy website in Barbados for more on programmes applicable to Creatives in the region. Additionally, see the US Embassy Bridgetown, see the US Embassy Bridgetown Education and Exchanges link for various opportunities.

Vermont Studio Center – I actually wrote to them for more information on their International Fellowship and they responded. There are three yearly fellowship application deadlines, always 2/15, 6/15, 10/1. A fellowship is a competitive award, won based on “the merit of the work” as determined by a jury’s review of all applicants submitted work. If won, it covers the full cost of a 4-week residency at VSC (US$3950), it does not cover the cost of travel or materials. Applicants can also request partial financial assistance. They offer up to 50 fellowships at each deadline. At VSC,  they offer simple housing, all meals in their communal dining room, a private studio space in which to work, and participation in the Visiting Artists/Writers program and the international creative community of 50 visual artists and writers per each monthly session. Focus is on working in the studio. You can write to them at info@vermontstudiocenter.org if you want more information.

Writer’s Pro Workshops – digital workshops offered by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray.

Writing Between the Vines – offers writers a space to work, a place to create- surrounded by the beauty and majesty of vineyards in locations around the world. Funded through application fees and in partnership with wineries, Writing Between the Vines provides writers the time to focus on works in progress or cultivate new ideas in residencies of up to one week in length at no charge. Well, there is an application fee, and you will be responsible for your own transportation, meals, and personal expenses. Apply here.

Yaddo – Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio.


It goes without saying that I’m almost always on the lookout for funding for Wadadli Pen (and for that matter always seeking opportunities to advance my own writing); as with so much of what I research (even for myself), I share.

Global Fund for Women – its primary goal is to get resources to organizations led by women, girls, and trans people. It supports organizations led by historically marginalized groups who are working to build strong, connected movements for gender equality and human rights. It provides flexible, core-support grants for operating and program expenses, gives multi-year grants as often as possible, and offers travel and event organizing grants to support knowledge-exchanges and convenings. Global Fund for Women also provides immediate support to organizations who are first responders in times of natural and human-made crises. Details here.

Government of Antigua and Barbuda – (2015)  “The Government of Antigua and Barbuda through the Antigua and Barbuda Festival Commission is providing a revolving fund mechanism to assist all Artists in their production process for the furtherance of the economic development of creative sector”. This is to be funded reportedly by the Citizenship by Investment Fund. Full disclosure, there has been some pushback/concerns from artistes: for example in the Daily Observer, “What happens when you take $25,000 this year to do an album and you can’t pay it back because the industry does not allow you to generate the revenue?” – Gavin Christopher, musician-producer & “Here it is that you’re asking Carnival artists to go and get a loan when the truth of the thing is you owe us” – Alister Thomas, mas designer-builder. As we say with everything, read, investigate, consider, and decide if it’s a good fit for you – bearing in mind that it’s not a grant fund or arts subsidy (which I’d venture we still need given the nature of what we do). As Gavin noted it’s not “free money” (if such a thing exists), it is still a loan (albeit not your typical commercial loan) and loans have to be repaid. At 2020, I’m not sure of the status of this loan programme nor how to apply for it but I’ll leave this here for awareness’ sake.

International Fund for Cultural Diversity – The IFCD provides support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution of and access to the diversity of cultural expressions as well as the reinforcement of institutional infrastructures supporting viable local and regional cultural industries. Read More .

International Fund for the Promotion of Culture – The call intends to support projects, which are in compliance with the criteria set out in the Operational Guidelines of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC). Read More …and apply, if inclined, before the May 30th 2014 deadline.

MacArthur Fellowship – This actually sounds kind of perfect: $625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years; w/emphasis on nominees for whom our support would relieve limitations that inhibit them from pursuing their most innovative ideas. Perfect , right? Well, you do have to be nominated and you do need to be resident in or citizen of the US. More.

Poets and Writers Readers and Workshops mini-grants – funding for readings and workshops in some US cities. Event organizers would need to apply and funding goes toward covering writers’ fees. More here.

Speculative Literature Foundation Grants – including travel grants and grants for older writers. More here.

Women Arts – funding programmes specifically for women in the arts.


I get approached, from time to time, by hopeful writers thinking I can help them get published. Truth is, apart from trying to get my own work published, I don’t work in publishing though I do provide writing, coaching and editing services in a freelance capacity, to publishing houses and writers. And, as you know, through Wadadli Pen I try to help writers grow, and I share what information I can about writing and the publishing process on this and my other site – from the reading rooms (search to find) to the resources page to right here, opportunities and its spin-off opportunities too (where I post pending submission/application deadlines). You can use search on this site to find any of those. Beyond that I’m not in a position to publish anyone but I hope the information I share and services I provide help to open that door to publishing to others. In light of the questions about publishing, I thought I’d begin posting about Caribbean and Caribbean friendly publishing houses, and expanding. My main advice though is do your research – see what types of books they publish, visit their website, and follow their submission guidelines and if they have none posted contact them with a query letter. From recent experience I should add the reminder that they may or may not reply, and it’s unlikely that they’ll respond quickly; be patient and cast your net wide, be prepared for the possible rejection (unless you’re seriously blessed, there’s just no way around it). If you can, get an agent to help you with the process, especially since some do not review unsolicited materials – that’s not unusual especially with the bigger US publishers and likely in other markets as well. If you believe in your writing, don’t give up. See information about different types of publishers here .  The listing below is primarily traditional publishers, primarily independent, not self-publishing or DIY options – though some do provide such services for a fee and some are hybrids.  Disclaimer: Some of these publishing houses I’ve worked with, some I haven’t, some I’ve had good experiences with, some not as good, some I’ve moved on from, some I still publish with, some I may publish with in future. Point, these are not endorsements – just information (blurbs mostly lifted from their ‘about’ page with a link where possible to their submissions page) – do your RESEARCH and make up your own mind.

Also the publishers listed here are a mix of genres but I found a listing of children and teen/young adult book authors that I thought I’d share. Here it is.

Pepperpot1-524x800Akashic – is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers. Books published by Akashic include Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (in partnership with Peepal Tree under the Peekash imprint and in which my story ‘Amelia at Devil’s Bridge’ appears). More.

Annick – Canada based, it’s “one of the most innovative and cutting-edge publishers of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults”, according to its about page. It’s one of the specialty imprints listed on the page of publishing partners put together by Hands across the Sea – a US based non profit operating in the Caribbean and former Wadadli Pen partner.

Blue Banyan Books and its sibling imprint Blouse and Skirt Books have a growing catalogue of Caribbean books coming out of its headquarters in Jamaica, including a number of top Burt Award winning titles – in fact, Blouse and Skirt has the distinction of publishing more Burt titles than any other Caribbean publisher. Blue Banyan’s chief is Tanya Batson-Savage; I provided editing services on Blue Banyan’s A Dark Iris by Bermudian author Elizabeth Jones.

Book Smugglers – Starting in 2017, they are looking to publish four speculative fiction novellas a year. They are looking for diversity, subversion, genre crossovers for middle school (to use the American vernacular) up to adult, with a word count between 17, 500 and 40,000. Go here for the rest.

Bumpkin Books – a small publishing company started by Dr Rachel Thwaites-Williams, a Jamaican born Medical Doctor resident in St. Lucia. She was inspired by her daughter Charlotte to write and publish her first illustrated children’s book. The book also had the added bonus of creating a character with whom little Charlotte and other little girls in the Caribbean and across the globe could identify. The book was received so well that Rachel decided to take the next step in self publishing, creating her own publishing company. In 2020, Bumpkin Books’ publications included Zane Goes to Costa Rica by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Ladesa Williams  130307258_1989904141152082_6929267860440525066_o . More here.


CaribbeanReads is the publisher of my book Musical Youth - second placed for the inaugural Burt Award for teen/YA fiction.

CaribbeanReads is the publisher of my book Musical Youth – second placed for the inaugural Burt Award for teen/YA fiction. It is also the publisher of my children’s picture book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure.

This is a small publishing company dedicated to serving talented Caribbean authors. It was founded by US based St. Kitts-Nevis author Carol Ottley-Mitchell. For a small press, it has a very varied and expanding book list, across several different types of platforms. Its stated aim ” is to make publishing more accessible to potential Caribbean authors and to increase the number of high-quality books about and for the Caribbean.” Read more.

2020 call for submissions from Caribbean Reads – crCaribbean Reads Publishing has announced that it is actively seeking #ownvoices manuscripts for middle grade readers, roughly 8 to 13 years, with a Caribbean setting.  There’s no published cut off date but don’t sleep on it. Go here for submission details.

Carlong – This Jamaica-based publishing house promises “educational and cultural publications”. Here’s their link.

Cavendish Square – offers by its own description “a robust and diverse list of library-bound circulating reference, nonfiction series, and early readers that range in grade level from kindergarten to college”. US-based, it’s listed here as one of the publishing partners of Hands across the Sea, a non profit operating in the Caribbean and former Wadadli Pen patron.

Collins – UK based, Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Its CSEC study guides has included contributions from several Antiguan and Barbudan authors including Barbara Arrindell, Brenda Lee Browne, and me; and in 2021 it began rolling out a series of Caribbean books as part of its Big Cat series of children’s books – including Turtle Beach by Arrindell with illustrator Zavian Archibald Turtle Beach and my book The Jungle Outside The Jungle OutsideHere’s its site link.

DK – Former Wadadli Pen patron Hands Across the Sea praises DK Publishing’s “line of beautifully illustrated non-fiction Eye Wonder (primary school) and Eyewitness (secondary school) series (as) a graphic triumph—never has so much information been presented in such an appealing and accessible way.” That’s primarily why I’m adding them here. I’m not sure if they have a track record with publishing Caribbean material though certainly through Hands what they produce is finding its way to the Caribbean marketplace. I’d say, check out their website and if you think what you have is a good fit, give it a shot. Like most publishers in the bigger markets like the US, they’re clear to point out though that they don’t favour cold submissions: “The preferred and standard method for having manuscripts considered for publication by a major publisher is to submit them through an established literary agent. We cannot recommend an agent for your work; however, we can suggest such guides as Literary Market Place for agent listings and their contact information. There are also online resources for writers interested in learning more about the process of submitting manuscripts to agents and publishers. A good place to start is the Authors Guild.”

Editorial Campanawith-grace“Campanita Books and Little Bell Caribbean are the children’s books imprints of Editorial Campana, an independent publishing company in New York. We are committed to the creation of quality children’s books that teach, inspire and entertain.  Campanita Books produces mostly bilingual titles (English-Spanish) that reflect the world’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Little Bell Caribbean focuses on our desire to publish books by writers and illustrators from the Caribbean region that speak to the children in voices and images that they recognize and can identify with…Our new endeavor, The Caribbean Children’s Book Project, will expand on an initiative started in 2008 by the Office of the Governor of the United States Virgin Islands which places thousands of books written and illustrated by local writers and artists in the hands of children at no charge to them. The success of the program has encouraged us to propose it to other Caribbean nations.” You might be familiar with their popular A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (read and discovered what happened to the Z) by writer and publisher Mario Picayo; they also published my Caribbean fairytale With GraceEditorial Campana is listed as a publishing partner of the Hands across the Sea project, a non profit that supplies books to Caribbean children and a former Wadadli Pen partner. Read more directly from their website.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG), an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big five publishers is open to direct submissions. This post advises the best way and the type of content to submit.

Hansib – Hansib Publications was founded in London in 1970 and began life publishing The West Indian Digest (1971), a magazine for Britain’s fledgling West Indian communities. In the two decades that followed, Hansib engaged and communicated further with the Caribbean, African and Asian communities. It is listed as a publishing partner of the Hands across the Sea project, a non profit that supplies books to Caribbean children and a former Wadadli Pen partner. Hansib published the second edition of my book, The Boy from Willow Bend. The Boy from Willow Bend - COVER.p65More. They also published (and you’ll have noticed that I’m including books in which content by Antiguan and Barbudan writers appear) London RocksLondon Rocks by past Wadadli Pen judge Brenda Lee Browne and books by Dorbrene O’Marde king_short_shirt_-_full_sizeas well. They welcome biographies, poetry, family history, theses, novels, essays collection, African-Asian-and-Caribbean history. For details email manuscripts@hansibpublications or call 01920 830 283 in the UK.

Harlequin – Call for writers from a brand well known for romance. More information here.

House of Nehesi Publishers – a multimedia publishing and communication consultant and development company. The book publishing division was founded in 1982 in New York, USA. The foundation was established in 1986 in Philipsburg, St. Martin, Caribbean, as a non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO). They’re also the organizers, with various partners, of the St. Martin Book Fair in St. Martin.

Ian Randle – Ian Randle Publishers Ltd., based in Kingston, Jamaica, was the first commercial publishing company in the English speaking Caribbean to produce scholarly and academic books and today remains the leader in the field with bestselling books in History, Gender Studies, Politics, Sociology as well as books covering a wide range of issues on the contemporary Caribbean. More recently the list has become more diversified and now features leading titles in Art, Music, Cookery, Biography, Poetry and Literature. More.

Jackmandora – Jackmandora is the publisher of a line of children’s books and media. Its stories “explore the richness of the Caribbean: our history and geography, flora and fauna, our food, our music, our sports or heroes. While the stories are set in the Caribbean, each features universal themes that all children of any country or ethnicity can relate to.” More.

Lantana Publishingananse UK-based Lantana mainly publishes picturebooks for 4 to 8 year olds but will consider longer narratives written for older children (9 to 13 year olds) and young adults (14 to 18) if the stories really resonate with the themes and ideas they love. What are those? Well, they love new writing that interweaves mythic, folkloric and spiritual elements into fun, contemporary stories full of colour and excitement. They love quirky retellings of folktales or fairy tales that blend modern values with traditional storytelling. They particularly love stories that pack a punch – with strong role models, positive relationships between communities and the environment, and evocative storylines that can provide a glimpse into the belief systems of other cultures. Authors and illustrators with a unique view on the world but with a story that everybody can enjoy, they want to hear from you. Please read through their submission guidelines carefully before sending your work to



Lee and Low Books – a US publisher specializing in multicultural books. See their submission guidelines.

LMH Publishing – LMH Publishing is reportedly the leading general book publisher in the Caribbean region. Located in Kingston, Jamaica. More.

NewSeason Books and Media – NewSeason Books and Media is in the market for “TRANSFORMATIONAL CONTENT” – i.e. content that is boundary breaking and will change lives.  To find out how to submit your book, go here.

Nightjar Press – Nightjar Press is an independent UK publisher specialising in limited edition single short-story chapbooks by individual authors. It is brought to you by the people behind early 1990s British Fantasy Award-winning publisher Egerton Press, responsible for Darklands, Darklands 2 and Joel Lane’s short-story collection The Earth Wire. The publisher and editor is Nicholas Royle, the designer John Oakey.  More.

Papillote Press – from the collected works of Phyllis Shand Allfrey to contemporary fiction to folk tales like  The Snake King of the Kalinago singled out by spotlighted by Ann Morgan during her Year of Reading the World project, this independent Dominica-based press has been doing its thing. Check it out. See also Papillote’s YouTube channel.

Paria – Founded in 1982 in Trinidad and Tobago, Paria was initially concerned with working with authors who were engaged in writing the history Trinidad and Tobago. Over time, other categories of books have been published by the company, such as textbooks, business books, children’s books, and art books, as well as collections of historical prints, herbal and folklore calendars, and historical maps of both Trinidad and Tobago. Read more.

Peepal Tree – UK-based Peepal Tree is a wholly independent company, founded in 1985, and now publishing around 30-40 books a year. Books published by Peepal Tree include Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (in partnership with Akashic under the new Peekash imprint). Submit your manuscript here.

Penguin – I don’t see submission guidelines on their site and would assume that like most international publishers they favour agented submissions. I’m adding them because they publish across different genres and because they, like some others named here are also on the list compiled by non profit and former Wadadli Pen patron Hands across the Sea, as producers of books popular with young Caribbean readers. Maybe that’s your in. Here’s their link.

Pluto PressGuidelines for submitting a Book Proposal to the Walter Rodney Writing Prize – specific to African and Caribbean non-fiction writers, who are women or non-binary people, for whom this is their first book (self-published authors qualify). This publishing avenue is the result of a partnership between the Walter Rodney Foundation and the Pluto Educational Trust.

Rosen – “Rosen Publishing, Inc. is an independent educational publishing house, established in 1950 to serve the needs of students in grades Pre-K -12 with high interest, curriculum-correlated materials. Rosen publishes more than seven hundred new books each year and has a backlist of more than seven thousand.” This is from their website and they’re listed here as one of the publishing partners mentioned by Hands across the Sea, a former Wadadli Pen patron and a non profit out of the US serving the Caribbean.

Royards, an educational publisher for over 35 years in Trinidad, has opened up its e-platform to self-published authors to use. The platform is very much like Amazon but it’s Caribbean based allowing authors to sell e-books alongside other Caribbean Authors and Small Publishers while keeping full rights. Reach out to them at You can reach out to them at info@digitalcanopi.com

Scholastic – “The publisher has a highly-evolved line of child-friendly reference books, cutting-edge e-books, and a well of supporting material.” – Hands Across the Sea

She Writes Press – This is a US based sort of hybrid between traditional and self publishing.

Soho – consists of the Soho Teen, Soho Crime, and Soho Press imprints (the latter dealing with literary fiction). See their submission guidelines here.

Tamarind – Tamarind Books was founded by Verna Wilkins in 1987 with the mission of redressing the lack of diversity in children’s publishing. Over twenty years later, the world has changed but the problem is still very relevant today. And so, Tamarind still exists to put diversity ‘in the picture’. Tamarind is now integrated into Random House Children’s Publishers UK, which is part of The Random House Group which is a Penguin Random House Company. Tamarind is looking to expand its fiction list and remains true to the Tamarind ethos of publishing compelling stories, stories that give a positive profile to children of all backgrounds, stories that allow all children to see themselves in the stories they read. More.

Tu Books – This one I decided to add after reading this interview, posted to the Reading Room Xll page as it referenced this imprint and what they were looking for. In an introduction entitled ‘Where Fantasy and Real Life Collide’, you’ll find this explanation of what they’re looking for: “Tu Books was created for a specific reason. The present and the future belong to everyone and to limit this reality is a fantasy. Adventure, excitement, and who gets the girl (or boy) are not limited to one race or species. The role of hero is up for grabs, and we mean to take our shot.” Read More.

University of the West Indies Press – Submit a written proposal or book prospectus after taking a look at the kind of material they publish, of course.

FYI, here’s a link I found re agents seeking picture books – agents get your books to publishers and for a percentage of whatever you make in advance and royalties, advise you and negotiate the publishing deal on your behalf.



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