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Press Release – Wadadli Pen Workshop, Additional Patrons Announced as Submission Deadline Approaches

March 16th 2021

Wadadli Pen team member Barbara Arrindell, an author and bookseller, will be offering a free workshop on March 18th 2021 ahead of the March 26th 2021 submission deadline for the annual lit arts challenge. The workshop is expected to cover creative writing, using local history in your writing, and bringing inanimate objects to life in your stories. The workshop will be offered via zoom and pre-registration is necessary. To register for the zoom link-up, email barbaraarrindell@yahoo.com or send a message to the ‘Free Creative Writing Workshop to get you ready to participate in the Wadadli Pen Challenge’ event page on facebook. Arrindell, who is also a trainer by profession, has volunteered her time for this extra activity, and anyone interested in submitting to Wadadli Pen is encouraged to take advantage of it.

The Wadadli Pen team is also happy to announce that a number of new patrons have been confirmed since previous announcements. These include Frank B. Armstrong, a contributor for the past 10 years, and Junie Webson, a US based Antigua-Barbuda businesswoman, who has been a patron since 2014 – both have pledged their usual EC$500 to Wadadli Pen 2021. “We don’t take any of these gifts for granted,” said Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse, “especially in this hard guava crop season.”

Hillhouse announced as well that Garfield Linton, a Jamaican based in America, with whom she has been in talks re arts funding for a while, has committed to underwriting her delivery of two workshops in the Wadadli Pen post-season. She hopes to select up to 10 writers from the Wadadli Pen entrants to offer a spot in these workshops. A long term goal, she indicated, is development of their stories and writing skills, and if additional funding can be sourced adaptation of one or more of the stories for print and/or film format. “My goal with Wadadli Pen has always been, as our tagline says, ‘nurturing and showcasing the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda’,” she said. “The competition, or challenge, as we call it, has been our flagship project along with the Wadadli Pen website, and to a lesser degree workshops and showcases we have delivered in the past, but it was never the end goal. Our goal is to be sustainable and ultimately self-sustaining as a non-profit supporting the arts in various ways, and the literary arts in particular. It has been little little full basket since 2004 but we continue the work and hope for growth and expansion.”

The patrons announced in this release join previously announced patrons Rilys Adams, the Best of Books bookstore, Daryl George, Harper Collins (UK) publishers, Cedric Holder, Diana McCaulay and Peepal Tree Press, Moondancer Books, Olive Senior, and Patricia Tully. Anyone interested in supporting the work of Wadadli Pen is encouraged to contact wadadlipen@gmail.com Anyone hoping to participate in Wadadli Pen is reminded to read the guidelines and download the submission form at wadadlipen.wordpress.com Remember to also vote for your favourite Antiguan and Barbudan book and help a local school win.

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WADADLI PEN 2020 CHALLENGE PATRONS

Revised between May 9th 2020 (the day the winners were announced) and May 11th 2020

The Wadadli Pen Challenge is the flagship project of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize which launched as a project to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda in 2004. It invites young Antiguans and Barbudans to tell their stories and rewards them for their efforts thanks to the philanthropy of individuals and the corporate community.  We couldn’t do this with out these patrons which change from year to year, though some have been consistently with us through the years. In 2020, we acknowledge and thank the following (plus unnamed patrons) for prizes contributed to the 2020 Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge:

Barbara Arrindell
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bestThe Best of Books Bookstore 

 

Brenda Lee Browne

 

 

 

 

 

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Caribbean Reads

 

 

Cindys Cindy’s Bookstore

 

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The Cushion Club

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D. Gisele Isaac

Dr. Hazra Medica

Floree Williams Whyte
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Friends of Antigua Public Library – NY Inc.

HermitageHermitage Bay Antigua

Jane Seagull

Joanne C. Hillhouse
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Juneth Webson

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Lawrence Jardine

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Sean Lyons

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, 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/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on 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 Plus Lit News (Middish January 2020)

Condolences

We begin with condolences to the friends and family of Victor Chang, and the community at the University of the West Indies. He actually died some weeks ago, in 2019. This Jamaica Gleaner article described Dr. Chang as a former lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English at UWI.

“Chang’s academic career is characterised by his involvement with the wider community and beyond, having served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Hull, England in 1981, carried out assignments with the Ministry of Education and Jamaica Festival. The noted academic was a contributor to the National Association for Teachers of English Workshops for some 20 years and was assistant chief examiner in English Literature with the Caribbean Examinations Council …(in addition to) service to the West Indian Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies (WIACLALS).” There were many expressions of condolences being shared among the Caribbean literary community including my own memory of him as head of my department during my time at UWI (Mona, Jamaica) and this one (unknown) “He gave brilliant conference papers about Caribbean writers, and his sense of humor was wicked.”

Trinidad Poet wins the T. S. Eliot Prize

We move to celebratory news with Trinidad and Tobago poet Roger Robinson’s win of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the only major poetry prize judged solely by established poets. He won for A Portable Paradise about which judges said: “Roger Robinson’s characters bear witness to a country where ‘every second street name is a shout out to my captors’. Yet though Robinson is unstinting in his irony, he also gives us glimpses of something that his chosen protagonists also refuse to surrender – a taste, through the bitterness, of ‘life, of sweet, sweet life’.” A Portable Paradise was published by Peepal Tree Press in the UK. Robinson receive a £25,000 cheque.

Wadadli Pen 2020

The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge is back for 2020 with several new categories to stimulate artistic expression among young people in Antigua and Barbuda. …The Wadadli Pen Challenge is open to any resident aged 35 and younger. Entries – fiction, poems, creative non-fiction –1000 words max. must be original. Beyond that entries can be as creative or tonally diverse as the artist desires; as long as it retains a Caribbean sensibility (i.e. feels Caribbean). Young Antiguans of all ages are encouraged to try – there will be, as usual, age category prizes, with a slight adjustment to the breakdown (six and younger, seven to 12, 13 to 17, and 18 to 35) – in addition to an overall top three. All entries require completed submission forms (2020 WADADLI YOUTH PEN PRIZE SUBMISSION FORM). Incomplete and plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

Special Prizes

Imagine a Future – A special prize will go to the story which per the sub-head ‘Imagine a Future’ best illustrates either the consequence of inaction (dystopia) or action (futopia) on climate change. This is an opportunity to venture in to speculative fiction (including science fiction). What does the future look like through your eyes? Be creative.

Art Prize – Visual artists can also tell their story, solo or in collaboration with others by creating a comic strip – telling a complete story using visual art and (optionally) words in three horizontally-aligned art panels of equal size, fitting on to a single sheet of paper. Art entries can be hand inked and coloured (per standard comic panels) or electronically created. No collages. Winning collabos get a single prize.

The Wa’omani Prize – Eligible Barbudans are also invited to write a story or poem, or create a comic strip (telling their complete story using visual art and, optionally, words in three horizontally-aligned art panels of equal size, fitting on to a single sheet of paper). This prize is designed to encourage greater participation from Barbuda and create a space for Barbudans to tell their unique stories.
An entry can be considered for more than one special prize (indicate with entry), and everyone vying for a special prize will also be considered for the main prize and for their age category prize. There will also be a prize for the school with the most submissions. Submit by 16/02/20 with ‘Your Name Wadadli Pen Challenge Submission 2020’ in the subject line.

Some early patrons have pledged their commitment and will be announced in a subsequent release. Other businesses or individuals wishing to contribute, contact wadadlipen@gmail.com To keep up with all things Wadadli Pen follow the blog. For all things Wadadli Pen 2020, check https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com/wadadli-pen-2020

Sharma Wins

Sharma Taylor, Jamaica born, Barbados based, inaugural winner of the Johnson and Amoy Achong prize in 2019 starts 2020 with another win – first prize in Barbados’ 22nd annual Frank Collymore Literary Endowment award for an unpublished collection of short stories called Hollow Calabash which one judge described as “unputdownable”. She wins $10,000 (I’m not sure if this is US or BDS but either way).

Sharma credits the support of Commonwealth Writers (CW) through initiatives like the short story prize for which she was shortlisted, a 2018 fiction writing workshop in Barbados, and the individual mentoring the CW provided in 2019, as well as encouragement from other writers.

Congrats to her (pictured below, second from left).

‘Second place went to Claudia Clarke, who was awarded $6,000 for her “CircleSquare.” Anderson Lowe’s “Inside the Blackbelly Sheep” secured him third place and prize money of $4,000. Lowe also received the Prime Minister’s Award. Ingrid Persaud and Sarah Venable received honourable mention for “So it Go” and “The Tropic of Sweet and Sour” respectively.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes spoke of the importance of Barbados having a strong literary tradition, saying, “seeing your culture reflected and celebrated in print is a powerful and validating experience.”

The Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Awards was started in 1998 to support and develop the literary arts in Barbados. In addition to the annual competition, the programme includes outreach to secondary schools and technical workshops for writers.’ Read more.

Sabga

The 2020 Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence have been announced. They are:

Arts & Letters: Mr Jallim Eudovic, Sculptor, St Lucia
Entrepreneurship: Mr Andrew Mendes, Energy Services Entrepreneur, Guyana
Public & Civic Contributions: Dr Olivene Burke, Community Activist, Jamaica
Science & Technology: Dr Shirin Haque, Astronomer, Trinidad & Tobago

The Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards is the only programme in the Caribbean which seeks out and rewards outstanding nominees in Arts & Letters, Public & Civic Contributions, Science & Technology and Entrepreneurship. It has been in existence since 2005, and has named, inclusive of the current inductees, 43 Laureates from throughout the region.

The 2020 ceremony will be staged on April 25, 2020 at a venue to be announced in the near future. Here’s the press release: 2020-Laureate-announcement-Press-Kit

Impac Dublin Caribbean

I first became aware of the Impac Dublin award back in 2012 when I was researching possibilities for which my novel Oh Gad! could contend. I bring that up because I wondered then and I still wonder now which books have been nominated by our local library service with which I’ve shared the Impac Dublin information. The latest Caribbean author to be nominated and longlisted for the Impac Dublin prize is Viviana Prado-Nunez, the Puerto Rican author of the Burt award winning The Art of White Roses which the nominating Jamaica Library Service describes as  “a striking debut novel with a cast of engaging characters. Told through the eyes of a 13 year old who lives with her family in Marianao, a quiet suburb six miles away from Old Havana, the novel gives an intimate view of the struggles of the working people fighting for independence fuelled by a burning desire to end corruption. It is a sharp-eyed study of power, community, questioning values and the contradictory messages of adults.” The Art of White Roses is published by Dominica’s Papilotte Press.

Also nominated by the Jamaica Library Service, also long listed, another Burt Award title Kevin Jared Hosein’s The Beast of Kukuyo. This is published by Jamaica’s Blue Banyan.

Congrats to them and to the library service for nominating them. See the entire long list. The prize is €100,000 which is awarded to the author if the book is written in English. If the winning book is in English translation, the author receives €75,000 and the translator, €25,000. The winner also receives a trophy provided by Dublin City Council. Nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world – libraries interested in participating can contact the organizers.

The shortlist for the 2020 prize will be announced in April.

Publishing News

Papilotte press, of Dominica and the UK, continues to make major moves with the acquisition of UK based Trinidad author Lawrence Scott’s Dangerous Freedom, a novel described as “radical and moving”. Said the author, “In Dangerous Freedom I am trying to redress what I see as the romantic portrayals of Dido in art, film and literature. I wanted to question the sketchy history we have of Dido and, through fiction, to alter the psychological and political perspectives. I hope that the novel can add to our understanding of a pain that remains just below the surface of contemporary life.” I’ve seen at least one of the film adaptations, Amma Asante’s Belle which starred Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the daughter of an Englishman and an enslaved African who lived with her aristocratic uncle, none less than Chief Justice Lord Mansfield at a time when he was adjudicating a critical case in the anti-slavery movement. Papilotte publisher Polly Pattullo bought world rights, excluding translation, for Dangerous Freedom from Johnson & Alcock. It will be published in May 2020 and distributed by NBN International.

New Music Awards for Antigua and Barbuda

You might remember that there was a music awards held in Antigua and Barbuda some years ago. It was produced by a private person and called the National Vibes Star Project Award. It was a  great Grammy-style event that I truly enjoyed covering. But it was a one-time event. And while I will always wish we weren’t reinventing the wheel, the announcement of a national musical awards by the Culture Department is, on the surface of it, a welcome development.

 

Deputy Director of Culture, and accomplished musician, Mr Khan Cordice described the awards, to be held on April 16th 2020, as a “Grand Celebration’ to recognize the work of all musicians and music practitioners alike to include vocalists, instrumentalists, pannists and DJs for the work they would have contributed to music over the years, but more specifically, throughout the year 2019.”

There are six categories: ‘Vocal Awards’; ‘Instrumental Awards’; ‘Steelpan Awards’; ‘Best Recording Artiste of the Year’; ‘DJ of the Year’ and ‘Special Awards’. In the vocal awards category, the breakdown includes:
Junior Soca Artist of the year
Junior Calypsonian of the year
Junior Reggae Artist of the year
Junior Gospel Artist of the year
Soca Artist of the year
Calypsonian of the year
Reggae Artist of the year
Gospel Artist of the year
Choir of the Year

At a glance, one difference between this and the NVSPA is that the latter also included hip hop and artists that didn’t fit in to the usual boxes.

For the Steelpan Awards announced categories include:

Steelpan Awards
Junior Pannist of the Year
Pannist of the Year
Arranger of the year
Junior Steelband of the Year
Steelband of the Year

The rebirth of pan continues – you love to see it.

The Instrumental Awards include:
Junior Instrumentalist of the Year
Instrumentalist of the Year

Two young Antiguans and Barbudans having recently featured in the finals of the Commonwealth International Composition Awards, as reported in Carib Plus Lit News in November 2019, it makes sense to continue to encourage our Musical Youth in this way.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday month to one of my literary icons Zora Neale Hurston who LitHub informs me was born January 7th (two days after me) 1891 (so not exactly the same century).  

Another reason I’m shouting out the late Harlem Renaissance writer, she has a new book coming with a foreword from Tayari Jones (whose book, the Oprah’s book club pick An American Marriage I’m currently reading after absolutely loving her previous book Silver Sparrow). Hurston died in 1960 – and while she had published significant work like Their Eyes were watching God – had slipped in to obscurity until resurrected by Alice Walker in In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, the title piece in the latter’s 1984 essay collection. Hurston has been a staple on university lit syllabuses since then including my African-American lit courses at UWI, which is where I discovered her and, in her, a literary model. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is Hurston’s second posthumous book (after 2019’s Barracoon: the Story of the Last Black Cargo) in three years.  Can’t wait.

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, 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/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on 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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Built on Faith

Updated (April 19th 2018)

“Lots of little bits is still a lot.” – from Antigua & Barbuda (gift cards, The Caribbean Folklore Project by Monique S. Simon)

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A set of these gift cards were the first contribution I received from a patron for the 2018 Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge season. It seems like a good lead-off for a post on this year’s patrons, not just because this card is one of the gift items to be taken home by our winner when the winner is announced on April 21st, but also because this likkle likkle full basket approach has been the Wadadli Pen model since we first launched in 2004. We didn’t – and don’t – have big bank and as we are still a project, not a non-profit with the infrastructure to do our own fundraising and bank the profits. Our prize packages have always been about pulling together whatever we get (sometimes a little, sometimes a lot) in to something that can tangibly serve as a satisfying incentive and reward for those who dared. We are still very much dependent on the generousity of people I’ve come to think of as Friends of Wadadli Pen – new friends, old friends, friends we haven’t met yet…

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Of course, in 2004, all I had when I stepped out to ask people to give was faith – faith that my community would support this fledgling project, faith that our newness wouldn’t make them think twice, faith that they would trust that their money would be used for its intended purposes. One of the ways I sought to reassure them and myself, a practice that continues to this day, is that no cheque is written to Wadadli Pen or to me (or any of the other partners I’ve drawn to the project over the years). What I’ve always sought from our patrons before each launch is the promise to give – a pledge. So, I have to have faith that when time comes they’ll deliver exactly what they promised (and for the most part they have). Once the winner has been determined, the patrons who’ve pledged money are supplied with the name so that they can prepare the cheque specifically for and to the intended recipient. Only more recently have we from time to time received (and accepted) cash which we then pass on to the intended recipient. But I think by this point – 14 years on  – they have some confidence that we are who we say we are and will do what we say we will do. Evidence of that, I think is the way patrons have come through with pledges in 2018, in spite of us not having our ducks in a row before the launch (that’s right, for the first time ever we launched with a set of gift cards and no other confirmed pledges…stepping out on faith) because for a protracted period of time we debated doing a Challenge this year at all or taking the time to put our energies in to getting our status together.

SIDEBAR One of the reasons I am and have been concerned about our non-status is my desire to create continuity long term and to expand what we do in the medium term. For example, if our status was solidified, we could – whether through seeking grants or through fundraising projects – raise money that belongs to Wadadli Pen to do more: development projects such as workshops year-round, projects showcasing the arts – such as short films inspired by one or more of our winning shorts, and more. But that is still in the dreamscape. I tell you what I’d like right now is a lawyer who does pro bono work for non-profits to assist us with getting set up – I feel like I’ve been reading through the legalese for some time now and am still turned around; up is down (lol). Also, I feel like I need a break and (if I’m being honest) Wadadli Pen might be due for another hiatus until I can get myself sorted out. SIDEBAR OVER

But with a date (April 21st), time (6:30 p.m.), and venue (the Best of Books on St. Mary’s Street) set for the awards, we are pressing on for this year at least and the finish line is in sight. And so we pause to give a shout out to the people who continue to act on faith by pledging to support our project and who, by so doing, are (along with the young writers who dare each year) the wind behind our backs. Much love and respect to them (and to any business or individual) who continues to bet on the arts and our young people.

OUR 2018 PATRONS (CONFIRMED*)

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Challenge Plaque/Certificates

  • The Best of Books

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Cash  (EC$2900+)

  • Pamela Arthurton (EC$500)
  • Art. Culture. Antigua (EC$300)
  • Carol Mitchell (EC$100)
  • *Unnamed (EC$500)
  • Frank B. Armstrong (EC$500)
  • International Women’s Club of Antigua (EC$500)
  • Juneth Webson (US$200 = EC$537.65)

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Gifts

  • Barbara Arrindell (Books: Antigua My Antigua & The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Stories -1 each)   bat's cave best-of-books-colouring-book-1
  • Barbara Arrindell & Associates (Two hour training session to a group of the top writers – session will focus on “Presenting: Telling your story orally”)
  • The Best of Books (Books)
  • Brenda Lee Browne (Books: Just Write Writers’ Journal and London Rocks)
  • Cedric Holder for the Cushion Club (Gift certificate for books valued at EC$100)
  • Danz’s Sweet Dreams (Gift Certificate valued at EC$225)
  • Floree Whyte/Moondancer Books (Book: The Wonderful World of Yohan -1)  Yohan book
  • Jane Seagull (personalized writer’s journal)
  • Joanne C. Hillhouse (Books: With Grace – 3; Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure – 2 & scholarship to participate in the Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Series – series 3)    with_grace-3d-standingLost Cover Front 4
  • Monique S. Simon (Gift cards from her Caribbean Folklore Project)

*Patron unnamed, by choice.

To all, for stepping out with us on faith, we say thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!

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Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Patrons

UPDATED! to add Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis

“Did You Know?  With its anthro- root, philanthropy means literally “love of mankind”. Thus, philanthropy is giving money for a purpose or cause benefiting people who you don’t personally know. Individuals have often set up their own permanent philanthropic organizations in the form of foundations. The greatest American philanthropists have included Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, but tens of millions of us could be considered philanthropists on a much smaller scale.” – Merriam-Webster
 
This page is our acknowledgment and thanks of our philanthropists right here in Antigua and Barbuda, its diaspora, and beyond, who continue to show their love for youth and arts in Antigua and Barbuda by pledging to support Wadadli Pen’s efforts to nurture and showcase both. At Wadadli Pen, when it comes to our annual Challenge, we’ve always operated by the principle that likkle likkle full basket and with each gift we are able to put together packages to reward, inspire, encourage, educate, and celebrate the young creatives who dare every year.

There’s still time for you, with gifts medium, big, or small to be added to the 2017 list of Wadadli Pen philanthropists. Just email us at wadadlipen@gmail.com

The List of Wadadli Pen Patrons of 2017 so far includes…

Anonymous – We reserve, as always, a spot for those who give without asking for recognition in return, and in particular for one patron who has given consistently since 2012 and who, this year, has pledged to double his gift (a total of EC$1000) so that we can fulfill one of our missions – to take a Wadadli Pen into one of the schools from this Challenge cycle.

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Art. Culture. Antigua – the online arts platform founded by former Wadadli Pen judge, and Antiguan-Barbudan artist and arts activist Linisa George has made an EC$300 cash/kind commitment to the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, and we are happy and thankful to welcome them on board. Check the link for their coverage of the local arts scene.

Barbuda Express – the by-sea ferry service between Antigua and sister island Barbuda has been a reliable patron over the years. To our mind, it’s an opportunity to explore a uniquely paradisiacal island to which we are inextricably connected but rarely get to see. Miles of unblemished pink sand. The Frigate Bird Sanctuary. The Caves. The Seafood. The people. The tranquility. Why would any winner not take advantage of this opportunity? Genuine question.

The Best of Books – This bookstore has been a Wadadli Pen donor since 2004 and has been hosting the Wadadli Pen awards ceremony since 2011. It contributes books, lends support in innumerable other ways, and is also sponsor of the annual Challenge plaque.

Brenda Lee Browne – This writer and founder of the Just Write Writers Retreat is a former Wadadli Pen judge and frequent patron. She’s contributing some invaluable books on writing and scholarships to her writing retreat.

Caribbean Reads Publishing – This independent publishing house out of St. Kitts and the US is dedicated to serving the Caribbean literary community by making publishing more accessible to potential Caribbean authors and increasing the number of high-quality books about and for the Caribbean. It has supported Wadadli Pen in the past – its founder, Carol Mitchell, even served as a judge in the past. Its cash contribution adds to our prize package.

THE Caribbean Folklore Project – Monique S. Simon sent us some cards from the project that we hope will prove inspirational to the recipients.

Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis – the author of Tides that Bind, Missing, and The Road to Wadi Halfa contributed copies of her books to the cause.

The Cushion Club of Antigua and Barbuda – This is a kids’ reading club with which I volunteered for many years and which over the years has been a part of the Wadadli Pen family through a commitment to provide a gift (usually gift certificates for books) to winners. Sponsored by the Club’s chief volunteer and organizer, this year, once again, the Cushion Club, honours that pledge with a few extras. p.s. if you live on or will be visiting Antigua and Barbuda, your children are welcome and volunteers are always needed; email the Cushion Club at cushionclub@yahoo.com

ECAB – This will be the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank’s first time as a Wadadli Pen Patron. Welcome! They’ve pledged EC$500 towards sponsorship of the prize for the school with the most submissions which is our way of encouraging the schools to get on board with Wadadli Pen, and rewarding and supporting the work they do 365+1 in a leap year. We thank ECAB for volunteering to support our efforts in that regard.

Frank B. Armstrong through the Seven Seas brand 12-and-younger-2Frank B. Armstrong has been with Wadadli Pen since 2011. They have been very generous contributing EC$500 each year plus additional gifts in the way of promotional paraphernalia; and we are happy to have them on board once again.

Harper Collins – the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world will be donating 20+ books from their catalogue to the prize package; with thanks to the Best of Books for making the connection.

The International Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda has been a patron from the earliest years of Wadadli Pen and through the years. We are thankful to have them on board with us once again with their usual EC$500 contribution. The Club was founded in 1986 as the American Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda and a notable project is the IWC Scholarship Fund which assists women in pursuing tertiary educational goals. Also, they donate hampers during the Christmas season. We appreciate them sharing some of their resources with us.

Jane Seagull – Every writer needs a journal, right? Artist Jane Seagull has contributed a personalized journal to Wadadli Pen since 2013.

Jennifer Meranto is an Antigua-based artist whose art intersects with her environmental action and activism. She saw our share on social media and stepped forward to offer three of her paintings, because she’s cool like that.

Joanne C. Hillhouse – Coordinator of Wadadli Pen since 2003 when she first hatched the idea and 2004 when it launched, Hillhouse has contributed copies of her books (The Boy from Willow Bend to Musical Youth) through the years; this year, in keeping with Wadadli Pen’s development goals, she’ll contribute a one-on-one coaching session (part of her suite of freelance services).

Little Bell Caribbean – First time patron, Little Bell Caribbean is one of the children’s book imprints of Editorial Campana, an independent publishing company in New York. Little Bell is the publisher, and will be donating copies, of children’s picture book by local author (and Wadadli Pen founder/coordinator) Joanne C. Hillhouse, With Grace.with_grace-3d-standing

Paperclips – Paperclips is a provider of office, school, art supplies, and more. Last year, they discounted Wadadli Pen on the pen that we typically gift to the winner as a practical tool and symbolic keepsake. This year they are sponsoring this gift.

Raw Island Products – Raw Island Products is an Antiguan based company that uses local natural resources that may help to improve your health the right way!raw-island-products They have been gifting a basket or bag of goodies to a Wadadli Pen winner for the past several years. We are happy to have them on board yet again.

Sweet Dreams

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Cake designed and made by Danielle George-John of Sweet Dreams.

Owned by cake artist Danielle George-John, this company first contributed to Wadadli Pen in 2014 and will do so for a second time in 2017. Their cakes are works of art which any recipient will want to look at as much as eat.

Juneth Webson

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Juneth Webson delivering her gifts to Wadadli Pen 2016.

This New York-based businesswoman has been giving back to her home country (Antigua and Barbuda) via Wadadli Pen since 2014. She contributes a cash prize of EC$500 plus gifts for the little ones.

West Indies Cricket Board – A gift for one of our prize recipients who happens to be a cricket lover.

Ongoing thanks to Antiguanice.com for helping Wadadli Pen maintain an online presence year round by sponsoring the Wadadli Pen page on its website & to the various media who have helped us get the word out all season.

For more details of Wadadli Pen 2017, go here; for more about the history of Wadadli Pen, go here.

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WADADLI YOUTH PEN PRIZE ANNUAL CHALLENGE – WHO WON IN 2014?

LITERARY ARTS OVERALL –

“I was soooo impressed by the quality of the writing, both poetry and prose. All of them were absolutely brilliant! This is amazing stuff.” – JUDGE

WINNER

Asha Graham, @ 16 going on 17, Antigua State College student

Asha Graham, @ 16 going on 17, Antigua State College student

Asha Graham – author of Lajabless

“I found this piece to have a wonderfully distinctive narrative style. Dialogue flows impressively, and rings true. What I was really impressed with was the overall arc of the story. The plot is brilliantly done, and the writing is tight and finely crafted. There is much happening here, so many layers and echoes in such a concise little body.” – JUDGE

Prizes:

Winner’s name on plaque – Best of Books
&$500 – Anonymous
&Mentorship session – Elaine Spires
&Writing journal – Jane Seagull
&Pen – Pam Arthurton
&Post card – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower Studio
&Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean – contributed by Joanne C. Hillhouse

Wadadli Pen trivia: Asha was the 2013 winner of the Wadadli Pen Challenge and 1st and 3rd overall in the 13 to 17 age category. She subsequently participated in both the Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project (a project of Wadadli Pen founder Joanne C. Hillhouse) and the Just Write Writers Retreat (a project of Wadadli Pen chief judge Brenda Lee Browne)

SECOND PLACED

Kohylah Piper, 25, LEAP - Mount St. John

Kohylah Piper, 25, LEAP – Mount St. John

Kohylah Piper – author of Hallowed Ground

“This poem is rich and beautiful in imagery. The poet leads the reader through the land’s vibrations and along a vast and moving sensory journey.  Powerful echoes.” -JUDGE

Prizes:

$200 – Frank B. Armstrong
&Oh Gad!Joanne C. Hillhouse
&Post card – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower Studio
&gift certificate for more books – Karib Cable

THIRD PLACED

Ariel Dunnah, 18, Antigua State College student

Ariel Dunnah, 18, Antigua State College student

Ariel Dunnah – author of La Diablesse

Prizes:

$100 – Frank B. Armstrong
&Oh Gad! Joanne C. Hillhouse
&gift certificate for more books – Karib Cable
&Post card – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower Studio

Wadadli Pen trivia: Ariel was second placed overall and first and third in the 13 to 17 age category in 2012.

 

12  AND YOUNGER –

WINNER

Vega Armstrong

Vega Armstrong, 12 going on 13, St. Anthony’s student.

Vega Armstrong – author of Forbidden

Prizes:

Books from Pearson Caribbean (Fish outta Water by Joanne C. Hillhouse-illustrated by Zavian Archibald, Figgs and Phantoms by Ellen Raskin, Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams, and Starting Shakespeare by Linda Marsh and Michael Marland) plus gift
& from Floree Williams (Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses)
& from Art at the Ridge Debbie Bruschi notebook and Cordella Samuel pencil
&Post card – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower Studio
&cash and gifts – Juneth Webson

Wadadli Pen trivia: Vega was a 2012 honourable mention and placed second in 2013 in the 12 and younger age category. Her 2012 story Legend of the Sea Lords was subsequently selected for publication in Anansesem.

SECOND PLACED

Chammaiah Ambrose

Chammaiah Ambrose, 9, student at Sunnyside Tutorial.

Chammaiah Ambrose – author of The Great Cycle

Prizes:

Floree Williams (Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses)
& from Pearson Caribbean (Fish outta Water by Joanne C. Hillhouse-illustrated by Zavian Archibald, Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox -Illustrated by Lydia Monks and The King of the Birds by Malachy Doyle-illustrated by Mike Terry)
& from Art at the Ridge Woodrat Jill by Nicky Laak, Debbie Bruschi notebook and Cordella Samuel pencil
&gifts – Juneth Webson

Wadadli Pen trivia: Chammaiah placed third in the Wadadli Pen 12 and younger age category in 2013. She subsequently participated in the Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project.

THIRD PLACED (TIE)

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Christopher Gittens, 11, St. John’s Catholic Primary.

Christopher Gittens – author of The Knock on My Door

“This story is fast-paced, imaginative, and full of adventure… (with) an unexpected twist.” – JUDGE

Prizes:

The Legend of Bat’s Cave and other Stories – Barbara Arrindell
& books from Pearson Caribbean (Fish outta Water by Joanne C. Hillhouse-illustrated by Zavian Archibald, Bones and the Cloud Mix up Mystery by David Adler-illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman and Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl-illustrated by Quentin Blake)
& a book by the Kittitian-Nevisian author of the Caribbean Adventure Series– Carol Mitchell/Caribbean Reads Publishing
&book/s from the Best of Books
&gifts – Juneth Webson

Mjolnir Messiah – author of Searching for a Treasure

Messiah, 10, from Minoah Magnet.

Messiah, 10, from Minoah Magnet.

Prizes:

The Legend of Bat’s Cave and other Stories – Barbara Arrindell
& books from Pearson Caribbean (Fish outta Water by Joanne C. Hillhouse-illustrated by Zavian Archibald, Bones and the Cloud Mix up Mystery by David Adler-illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman and Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl-illustrated by Quentin Blake)
& One of Carol Mitchell’s books – Carol Mitchell/Caribbean Reads Publishing
& gifts – Juneth Webson

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Daniel Ince, 10, T N Kirnon.

Daniel Ince, 10, T N Kirnon.

Daniel Ince – author of One Scary Night

Prizes:

Antigua My Antigua  book by Barbara Arrindell
&Two of Carol Mitchell’s books – Carol Mitchell/Caribbean Reads Publishing
& gifts – Juneth Webson

Terry Benjamin Jr., 11, St. John's Catholic Primary.

Terry Benjamin Jr., 11, St. John’s Catholic Primary.

Terry Benjamin Jr. – author of The Farm Thief

“This has the structure of a good story.” – JUDGE

Prizes:

Antigua My Antigua book by Barbara Arrindell
&The Tattoed Potato and Other Clues by Ellen Raskin – Pearson Caribbean
&One of Carol Mitchell’s books – Carol Mitchell/Caribbean Reads Publishing
&gifts – Juneth Webson

Zion Ebony Williams, 8, Baptist Academy.

Zion Ebony Williams, 8, Baptist Academy.

Zion Ebony Williams – author of The Night I went to Cricket

“This story is very descriptive and captures the excitement of the game.” – JUDGE

Prizes:

Pearson Caribbean’s Lynn Visible by Julia Divers, Princess Posey and the First Grade by Stephanie Greene-illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson and Princess Posey and the Perfect Present by Stephanie Greene-illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson & gifts – Juneth Webson

Zoe, 12, St. John's Catholic.

Zoe, 12, St. John’s Catholic.

Zoë Kyah I. Lewis– author of The Day I almost Died

Prizes:

Pearson Caribbean’s Lynn Visible by Julia Divers, Princess Posey and the First Grade by Stephanie Greene-illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson and Princess Posey and the Perfect Present by Stephanie Greene-illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson & gifts – Juneth Webson

13 TO 17 –

WINNER

Asha Graham – author of Lajabless

Prizes:

Ticket for two – Barbuda Express
& $200 towards account – Community First Cooperative Credit Union
& Pearson Caribbean’s A World of Prose edited by David Wiliams and Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Dilemmas of Deokie by Carol Sammy (Heinemann Caribbean Writers Series), and Longman Language Activation Dictionary
&Postcard – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower Studio
&books – Best of Books

SECOND PLACED

Kelvin Juwon Miller

Kelvin Juwon Miller, 17, Antigua State College.

Kelvin Juwon Miller – author of Delinquent Development

Prizes:

Pearson Caribbean‘s A World of Poetry edited by Mark McWatt and Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Keats: selected poems and letters (Heinemann Poetry Bookshelf) and William Shakespeare Julius Caesar (CSEC edition)
& Gift Basket – Raw Island Products
&books – Best of Books

THIRD PLACED

Suzette Emmanuel

Suzette Emmanuel, 14, Irene B. Williams.

Zahra Emanuel  – author or The Day I saved a Friend

Prizes :

Another Day – Carol Mitchell/Caribbean Reads Publishing
& Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams – from Pearson Caribbean
&Debbie Bruschi notebook and Cordella Samuel pencils – from Art at the Ridge
&Floree Williams (Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses)
&books – Best of Books

18 to 35

WINNER

Kohlyah Piper – author of Hallowed Ground

Prizes:

$250 – D. Gisele Isaac
& 2 books – Ariadne and Other Stories and Fictions by Ruel Johnson (winner of the 2013 Guyana Prize for Literature)
Post card – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower Studio

SECOND PLACED

Ariel Dunnah – author of La Diablesse

Prizes:

$150 – Brenda Lee Browne
& Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe – Pearson Caribbean
&Dancing Nude in the Moonlight by Joanne C. HillhouseBest of Books

THIRD PLACED

Arize Lee, 18, Antigua State College student.

Arize Lee, 18, Antigua State College student.

Arizé Sabien Charles Lee –  author of The Cold Truth

Prizes:

$100 – Brenda Lee Browne
&Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe – Pearson Caribbean
&Dancing Nude in the Moonlight by Joanne C. HillhouseBest of Books

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Ariel Dunnah – author of A Grain of Salt

Prize:

Kiskadee Girl – from the author Maggie Harris

Daryl George.

Daryl George.

Daryl George – author of A Guilty Fragrance

“I was drawn to the way this story built up and gained momentum. Very nicely written, particularly in the way the sense of smell is woven through and used to pull the whole thing together.” – JUDGE

Prize:

Gift certificate – Map Shop

Wadadli Pen Trivia: Daryl was an honourable mention in 2012, and in 2013 in addition to earning first and second spots in the 18 to 35 age category was second placed overall.

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Letisha Carrington Faracho – author of Last Cry

Prize:

Gift certificate – Map Shop

Kaylee Meyer

Kaylee Meyer

Kaylee Meyer – author of This is Paradise

Prize:

Gift certificate – Map Shop

Alexandra Nathaniel Spence – author of Why did I get Punished?

Alexandra Spence.

Alexandra Spence.

Prize:

Gift certificate – the Cushion Club

Angelica O'Donoghue.

Angelica O’Donoghue.

Angelica O’Donoghue – author of Loving the Skin I’m in

Prize:

The Footprints of ParhamJoy Lawrence

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Liscia Lawrence – author of Misguided Illusion

Prize:

Bethesda and Christian Hill – Joy Lawrence

Wadadli Pen Trivia: Angelica O’Donoghue is the 2006 winner of Wadadli Pen and Liscia Lawrence was an honourable mention in 2004 and 3rd runner up in 2005.

TEACHERS LEAD BY EXAMPLE PRIZE

WINNER

Margaret Mae Maria Irish – author of The Skipping Rope

Margaret Irish

Margaret Irish

Prizes:

Plaque sponsored by Joy Lawrence
&$500 cash and gifts sponsored by Caribbean Reads Publishing
Post card – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower Studio

SECOND PLACED

Paula Russell-PetersPaula Russell-Peters – author of The Big Fight

Prizes:

Bethesda and Christian Hill and The Way We TalkJoy Lawrence
& from Pearson Caribbean – Longman Active Study Dictionary
&books – Best of Books

THIRD PLACED

Paula Russell-Peters –  author of Two can play at that Game

Prizes:

Pearson Caribbean – Reading Central (Reading in the Real World) series
&gifts – Joanne C. Hillhouse

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Carmen Ambrose.

Carmen Ambrose.

Carmen Ambrose– Welcome Back, Champ

Prizes:

The Way We Talk and Other Antiguan Folkways – Joy Lawrence
&book – Best of Books

Damian De Silva

Damian De Silva

Damian G. K. De Silva – Escape to Paradise

Prizes:

The Legend of Bat’s Cave and other Stories – Barbara Arrindell & A Short Guide to Antigua by Brian DydeBest of Books

VISUAL ARTS

WINNER

Alvin Livingstone – cover art for Last Cry

Cover design by Alvin Livingstone

Cover design by Alvin Livingstone

Prizes:

A piece of art (Edison Liburd) – Art at the Ridge
&Post card – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower
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$250 from Juneth Webson
&$200 from Frank B. Armstrong
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Gift basket – Raw Island Products
&
DC & Marvel Comics Encyclopedia & DK – Pearson Caribbean
&book – Best of Books

SECOND PLACED

Emile Hill – cover art for the Knock on My Door

Cover design by Emile Hill.

Cover design by Emile Hill.

Post card – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower
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Cash – $150 – Juneth Webson
&
Longman Visual Arts for Secondary Schools – Pearson Caribbean
&gift certificate for more books – Karib Cable

THIRD PLACED

Shaziane – for cover art for Delinquent Development

Cover design by Shaziane (Hilesha Humphreys).

Cover design by Shaziane (Hilesha Humphreys).

Post card – Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw/Wildflower
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$100 – Juneth Webson
&
Longman Visual Arts for Secondary Schools – Pearson Caribbean
&gift certificate for more books – Karib Cable

HONOURABLE MENTION

Shem Alexander – for cover art for The Cold Truth

Cover design by Shem Alexander.

Cover design by Shem Alexander.

Prizes:

Sketch books – Brenda Lee Browne & book –Pearson Caribbean
Wadadli Pen trivia: Shem is the 2010 winner of the Wadadli Pen art prize.

SCHOOL WITH THE MOST SUBMISSIONS

WINNER

T N Kirnon

Prizes:

Books courtesy of Pearson Caribbean
Prentice Hall Writing Coach: Writing and Grammar for the 21st Century series
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
Hank the Cowdog: The Disappearance of Drover by John Erickson (illustrated by Gerald L. Holmes) x3
Know the Game by Nasser Khan
Horrible Harry Cracks the Code by Suzy Kline (pictures by Frank Remkiewitz)
How Music is Made by Elaine Morris
Raymond and Graham Bases Loaded by Mike Knudson (illustrated by Stacy Curtis) x3
Raymond and Graham Dancing Dudes by Mike Knudson (illustrated by Stacy Curtis) x3
Raymond and Graham Rule the School by Mike Knudson and Steve Wilkinson (illustrated by Stacy Curtis) x3
The Twits by Roald Dahl (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
The World Cup by Nasser Khan

For the full list of 2014 Patrons visit here…and for all the patrons through the years, visit here.

Thanks as well to everyone who volunteered to make this 2014 season a success. Full list here.

NO IMAGES POSTED HERE CAN OR SHOULD BE RE-USED OR RE-POSTED WITHOUT PERMISSION.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND TO ALL PARTICIPATING WRITERS AND ARTISTS FOR DARING.

 

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Our Alphabet of 2013 Sponsors

UPDATED! The Wadadli Pen 2013 season is done and the awards ceremony was held on Sunday 7th April, 4 p.m. at the Best of Books. See winners here. Speaking of the Best of Books, mad props to them for being the kind of partner that it’s a pleasure to work with. Gratitude also to my partner judges Floree Williams, Linisa George, chief judge Brenda Lee Browne; and past winner Devra Thomas for her invaluable assistance throughout the life of this year’s challenge. Couldn’t have done it without them or without the patrons listed below:

ALTHEA PRINCE
One of Antigua and Barbuda’s most esteemed and prolific writers. Her most recent collection (So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End), as editor, brings a who’s-who and a who-is-becoming of Antiguan and Barbudan writers together. Layout 1She’ll be contributing copies of the new collection to the Wadadli Pen 2013 prize haul.

ART AT THE RIDGE has delivered a handful of gifts  featuring the art work of Edison Liburd and Lyris Tracy for our prize package to art winners; because what other way to encourage these young artists by exposing them to more art.

BARBARA ARRINDELL

UntitledWhen I asked Barbara, manager of Wadadli Pen partner bookstore the Best of Books and writer, to kick in three copies of her new book The Legend of Batman’s Cave and other Antiguan Stories, she promptly responded, “Yup – and 2 of the colouring book.” The colouring book is her 2011 release Antigua My Antigua. Thanks, Barbara.

BARBUDA EXPRESS
We received a prompt response from Barbuda Express, a past and now returning patron, re accomodating at minimum one of our finalists with tickets for two, at best a group of us including finalists and Wadadli Pen ‘staff’ for a trip over to the Sister Island.  In the end, they agreed to give  three of the finalists two tickets each and we are thankful for their generosity and for this bit of encouragement: “I am a 100% behind you when it comes to reading, and (encouraging) young people(‘s) minds!”

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One of the first to respond to our official solicitation letters, Bay House is on board with a gift voucher for lunch for two for one of the winners. I’ve lunched there a couple of times and it’s a nice spot; food is good, atmosphere is good, view is good, service is good, and clearly they have a spirit of philanthropy so, it’s all good. Thanks, Ms. Carter and Ms. Gordon.

BEST OF BOOKS
“The Best of Books is a general bookshop, with the widest variety of books in the Eastern Caribbean.” Read more.

2012 winner with Best of Books rep.

2012 winner with Best of Books rep.

Best of Books is a Wadadli Pen partner several years running and will be contributing not only prizes toward the final prize packages but will also organize and host the awards ceremony and lend other support behind the scenes.

BRENDA LEE BROWNE
374021_10151324147836833_658497388_nBrenda Lee Browne has fit us into her busy jet setting schedule these past few years and she does not know the heights of our gratitude; seriously, I don’t know what I would have done without her slotting into the chief judge spot since our 2010 return. Added to that, she supports as sponsor through her Just Write Programme, giving up two sponsored spots in 2012 and now again in 2013 Just Write Writers Retreat to two of our finalists. Thanks, B.

carol mitchellCAROL MITCHELL
The St. Kitts-Nevis born author will be giving two three-packs of her Caribbean Adventure Series, which includes the books Adventure at Brimstone HIll, Pirates at Port Royal, and Trapped in Dunston’s Cave. She’s also given a copy of her Seascapes. This will be a great addition to the gift packs of the under 12s in the 2013 Wadadli Pen Challenge, and really any child under 12 for parents interested in getting their children – and especially their boys – reading.

CLAUDIA ELIZABETH RUTH FRANCIS

Her Road to Wadi Halfa is international fiction, set in northern Africa, Europe and the Caribbean and taking on international politics. She’s donating copies of this and its predecessor Tides that Bind.

CONRAD LUKE
For the second year running, Lukie, a local businessman and socio-cultural activist will contribute EC$500 to the prize package. Lukie is the type of patron you hope for. He takes the initiative, he commits for the long game, and lets you do your thing without interference beyond his equally generous encouragement and support. We thank him for his passion and philanthropy.

CUSHION CLUB
The Cushion Club is a reading club for kids. As a long time volunteer, I’ve written about it on this site for years. So, you may be wondering about one non profit sponsoring  another. Actually the EC$50 book gift certificate being given in the Cushion Club’s name is as usual (this isn’t their first time giving) being sponsored by a donor who insists on remaining anonymous.

DIANE BROWNE
Jamaican children’s author and text book editor, winner of her country’s Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica, the  Book Industry Association of Jamaica Awards, and a special prize for Best Children’s Story from the Commonwealth Foundation (2011 for The Happiness Dress). Read more.

540919_459821044080572_1082516529_n[1]Brown has contributed two copies of her book Island Princess in Brooklyn, described in one review as “a delightful read”.

DIANA MCCAULAY
Award winning Jamaican writer and winner of the Commonwealth Foundation regional short story prize. Her books have been short listed for several international awards. Read more.

Diana at the Huracan launch at the Mona Visitors Lodge and Conference Centre at the University of the West Indies with Professor Edward Baugh. (Photo courtesy Diana McCauley)

Diana at the Huracan launch at the Mona Visitors Lodge and Conference Centre at the University of the West Indies with Professor Edward Baugh. (Photo courtesy Diana McCauley)

Featured earlier this year on Wadadli Pen, Diana McCaulay has subsequently pledged copies of her books Dog-Heart (“a notable achievement”) and Huracan (“A very good read – highly recommended“) to the 2013 prize package.

Dorbrene O'Marde signing copies of his book at the launch.

Dorbrene O’Marde signing copies of his book at the launch.

DORBRENE O’MARDE, respected Antiguan playwright and calypso song writer, has published his first novel, Send Out You Hand – which “follows the intersecting lives of business men and women, socio-political activists and academics across the Caribbean as they attempt to chart a course to regional unity.” He has agreed to cntribute three copies to the Wadadli Pen prize package.

Elaine2ELAINE SPIRES who has been generous to the programme this year and last; this year adding to our prize haul a copy of her new book, Sweet Lady in which “celebrity artist Eleanor West and her daughter Victoria take a winter holiday in Antigua with the idea of recharging their batteries before Eleanor’s upcoming exhibition until Tyrone walks into their lives, turning things upside down.”

FLOREE WILLIAMS has been part of the Wadadli Pen team since 2012 and a prize donor a little bit longer than that. She’s still on board as the former and offered to be the latter yet again. Her books are Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses and Through a Window.

HandsLogo7x3inchHANDS ACROSS THE SEA
“Dedicated to raising the literacy levels of Caribbean children. Hands Across the Sea sends great new books and works with local educators and U.S.Peace Corps Volunteers to create borrowing libraries and sustainable positive change.” Read more. Hands will contribute a book donation worth US$500 to the primary school with the most students submitting; and another US$500 worth of books to the secondary and/or tertiary school with the most students submitting.

HEAVENLY JAVA 2 GO …they’ll be giving a gift certificate.

JANE SEAGULL A Michigan born artist resident in Antigua and Barbuda 20 plus year’s she’s known for her offbeat style. We look forward to the original journal she’ll be creating for our winning author.

JOANNE C. HILLHOUSE
Founder/coordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and Antiguan-Barbudan author. Read more.

Antigua launch of Oh Gad at Best of Books photo by BYZIAPhotographyThat’s me. I’ll be kicking in personal copies of my book Oh Gad! (“an excellent written portrait of elements of our society in the 21st century“),  The Caribbean Writer Volume 26 which includes my poem “Mango Season” and In the Black: New African Literature which includes my story “Man of her Dreams” – signed, sealed, delivered.

KEYONNA BEACH, a delightful beachside restaurant on the southwest coast, is gifting us lunch for two.

KRIS RAMPERSAD will be contributing a copy of her LITTSCAPES: Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago.

KOREN NORTON is a social worker, counselor, and author of self help guides who runs her own book-bag back to school charity where she outfits kids with school supplies at the start of the new school year. She appreciates other programmes like ours that reach out to young people and is gifting us with a small cash contribution for which we are most grateful.

Marie Elena John reading at Wadadli Pen and Museum showcase/fundraiser, 2006 (Photo by Gemma Hazelwood)

Marie Elena John reading at Wadadli Pen and Museum showcase/fundraiser, 2006 (Photo by Gemma Hazelwood)

MARIE ELENA JOHN has offered us a copy of her critically acclaimed Unburnable – also a Hurston Wright Legacy Award nominee – for the second straight year; and we say thanks.

PAM ARTHURTON OF CARIB WORLD TRAVEL AND THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL is not a new patron of Wadadli Pen. We’re happy to have her back this year again. Each year we give a pen – a practical and symbolic gift – given our title and the craft of writing (even in the IT age). This year the sponsor of the somewhat pricey gift opted out but thankfully Pam has opted in. As this gift is a staple of our annual Challenge, we are very thankful to her for agreeing to do so.

RAW ISLAND PRODUCTS contributed a gift bag of some of their all natural items. We’re thankful for their initiative nd their generosity.

SILVER LINING is a supermarket in my home community of Ottos. They too have contributed a gift to the pot.

STEPHEN B. SHOUL has contributed to Wadadli Pen from the jump, without hassle or hustle; we are thankful for patrons like them. This year they’re breaking with their usual tradition (a pen) and giving us a $200 gift certificate. We remain thankful.

To find past patrons, go here.

This is the page of individuals, businesses and other groups which have so far committed to the 2013 Wadadli Pen Challenge. There is one other donor who insists on remaining anonymous but who has our thanks nonetheless. And finally a big up to our media partners, to all the media who help us get the word out considering that we have no advertising budget. Among these we single out as we do each year Antigua Nice and 365 Antigua both of which keep our presence on their site live.

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