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WADADLI PEN CHALLENGE 2014 – GUIDELINES (LITERARY AND VISUAL ARTS)

Tip: Wadadli Pen will be launched in January 2014 launched on January 3rd 2014 and will have has roughly a submission timeline of one month (submission deadline for the Lit Arts Challenge is January 31st 2014; the registration deadline for the Visual Arts Challenge is January 31st 20114). We will not be accepting entries until after the launch in January 2014 but that doesn’t mean you can’t start writing now are now accepting entries.

Tip2: It is recommended that you read past winning pieces; not to copy them but to get an idea of the quality and range of writing we strive to inspire via this Challenge. And then eclipse that.

Tip3: Submit only your best effort; often that’s not to be found in the first draft. Take time to review and redraft as necessary before submitting.

 Literary Arts

Entries may be either fiction or poetry of no more than 600 words. Creative non-fiction will be considered as well…but make sure they’re C.R.E.A.T.I.V.E. (and be sure to indicate if a submitted piece is creative non-fiction as opposed to fiction)

Entries can be any theme, as well as, any literary genre or sub-genre and/or style.

Entries must, however, be Caribbean in spirit. Let’s talk about this. The idea is to dig deep and unearth new soil but make sure it’s our rich Caribbean soil. So that, even if the story is set in outerspace or in some space that exists only in fantasy, it must be rooted in the Caribbean imagination – inspired by who we are, authentically, and inarguably a Caribbean tale (not to be confused with a tale riddled with superficial Caribbean clichés).

Entries must be original (creative: exploring new themes or coming at familiar themes in fresh ways) and previously unpublished.

Each writer is allowed up to three entries.

Entries must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word format, to wadadlipen@yahoo.com (either as an attachment or copied into the body of the email) with the subject line ‘WADADLI PEN LITERARY ARTS CHALLENGE 2014’ plus the author’s initials – e.g. WADADLI PEN LITERARY ARTS CHALLENGE 2014 JCH. Attachments without the appropriate subject line will not be opened.

Do not include your name or other identifier on the story; submit contact info – name, gender, age, school or workplace, email, phone, address, and parent/guardian if under 18 – on a separate cover sheet; which will also include a short bio and story summary (no more than five lines each).

We are having for the first time a Lead by Example Teacher’s Prize open to writing-teachers of all ages; while there is no age limit for the teachers’ prize, stories in this category can also be considered in the main prize categories if the teachers is 35 years or younger. If this applies to you, please indicate your age, profession (teacher), and school. For the Lead by Example Teacher’s Prize you are encouraged to create a story that you can (and will) share with your class if victorious in this contest (and hopefully even if you’re not). Given this guideline, teachers are encouraged to consider the age group of their target audience (your class) when crafting their stories.

Judges will provide feedback/edit notes on short listed entries and writers will be encouraged to review, revise and resubmit as you would be required to do during the publication process in the industry.

Be sure to declare that you are the creator and owner of the story submitted and that you are granting permission for its use to the Wadadli Youth pen Prize. Be sure to review our Terms of Reference before submitting.

Joint submissions are acceptable but all names must be listed and winners will have to divide the prizes among themselves (there will not be duplication of prizes).

Any legal resident or citizen of Antigua and Barbuda may enter, provided he/she is 35 years or younger. Antiguans and Barbudans not resident on the island have and may enter provided they can designate a resident Antiguan and Barbudan to collect their winnings; prizes will not be shipped overseas.

Contingent on the quality of the entries, winners will be selected in the 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 to 35 age categories, with three overall best writers being selected as well – these may come from any of the age categories. A first time Lead by Example Teacher’s Prize will also be given for the winning entry by someone (of any age) from the teaching profession.

Visual Arts

Participating artists will be required to create covers for shortlisted entries.

Artists within the targetted age group (35 and younger) are invited to register (once we launch in January 2014); do so by submitting your name, age, gender, school or workplace, a short bio (no more than 5 lines), contact info (phone and email or parent’s contact where applicable) to wadadlipen@yahoo.com and you will be contacted once the shortlist is ready (after the first round of judging for the literary arts section) and given the guidelines necessary to create the cover art.

When registering for the art contest, use the subject line WADADLI PEN COVER ART CHALLENGE 2014 plus the aspiring artist’s initials (e.g. WADADLI PEN COVER ART CHALLENGE 2014 JCH) and copy your name, age, contact info into the body of the email. Attachments will not be opened.

Do not submit art work until you have received the specific guidelines via email after registering.

When that time comes, do not include your name or other identifier on any art submission.

Each registered artist will be required to complete at least two art pieces/cover options.

Judges will provide feedback/edit notes on short listed entries and artists will be encouraged to review, revise and resubmit as you would be required to do during the publication process in the industry.

You will need to declare that you are the creator and owner of any art work submitted and that you are granting permission for its use to the Wadadli Youth pen Prize. Be sure to review our Terms of Reference before submitting.

Joint submissions are acceptable but all names must be listed and winners will have to divide the prizes among themselves (there will not be duplication of prizes).

Any legal resident or citizen of Antigua and Barbuda may enter, provided he/she is 35 years or younger. Antiguans and Barbudans not resident on the island have and may enter provided they can designate a resident Antiguan and Barbudan to collect their winnings; prizes will not be shipped overseas.

Contingent on the quality of the entries, three art pieces will be ranked for reward; but any of the art pieces may be posted with the stories for which they were created at the discretion of the coordinator of Wadadli Pen. Artists will be credited.

Wadadli Pen is being undertaken with the support of various partners and patrons; please visit our Thank You page where re recognize not only those who have pledged to help in 2014 but those who have assisted over the years.

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WADADLI PEN 2014 CHALLENGE – TERMS OF USE

N.B. Entries for the Wadadli Pen 2014 Challenge will not be accepted before the launch in January 2014. But feel free to review both Terms and Guidelines, and start writing now.

The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, hereinafter referred to as Wadadli Pen, is designed to encourage the literary (and visual) arts and to create as many avenues as possible for showcasing some of the best young writers (and artists) coming out of Antigua and Barbuda.

Wadadli Pen provides opportunities for young writers (and artists) out of Antigua and Barbuda to be celebrated as winners of its annual Challenge.

But Wadadli Pen aspires to be more than a contest; from the beginning its goal has been not only to showcase but to nurture young Antiguan and Barbudan literary talent. As such, stories and poems will be reviewed by our judges and, if shortlisted, will be returned with judges’ comments for editing before final selection. Writers will have final say re edits to their submissions; but are expected to participate in this process as we strive to assist in strengthening the pieces where necessary. As would happen during the publishing process, the same applies to shortlisted art pieces which in 2014 are cover designs for short listed stories. See details re Wadadli Pen Guidelines for 2014 here.

Winning pieces will be posted on https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com and may be published in other formats and on other sites. As such, with your submission, you grant Wadadli pen first publication rights and non-exclusive rights to re-publish and share after that with your byline and bio (i.e. all due credit given). It is understood that beyond the prizes you collect as Wadadli Pen winners no additional compensation will be due from Wadadli Pen, its organizers/partners, or patrons. That said, your copyright remains your own and we will respect that; posting and/or publishing the winning works not for personal profit but for promotional, educational,  and/or fundraising purposes in support of the Wadadli Pen programme. You are free, after first publication at https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com to republish your pieces as desired. We request that you reference https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com when doing so.

If you are selected as a winner, you accept that your image will be used in spotlighting the Wadadli Pen Challenge and its outcome. You accept as well that you may be called upon to make media appearances as well as readings at the request of the organizers of Wadadli Pen in the interest of promoting you – the writer, the contest, and the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. These appearances are, of course, subject to your availability.

If you have questions or concerns re these terms, please email wadadlipen@yahoo.com for clarification. Please visit the Wadadli Pen 2014 Guidelines page for instruction specific to the 2014 Challenge.

Wadadli Pen is being undertaken with the support of various partners and patrons; please visit our Thank You page where re recognize not only those who have pledged to help in 2014 but those who have assisted over the years.

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Open Letter from Wadadli Pen

Two thousand and fourteen (2014) will make it 10 years since the launch of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize (https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com).   That means 10 years, give or take the couple of years we were on hiatus, of providing opportunity for young Antiguan and Barbudan writers to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be) to create and express their very own Caribbean-centric but wholly imaginative stories. I can’t overstate how important this would have been to me as a teenage writer with a tentative dream, and that’s why I do it; so that our young people realize that they have a voice, they have stories of their own to tell, and that their dream, whatever it is, is not as farfetched as it seems. Through the programme we (me and the Wadadli Pen project partners) try not only to reward promising talent with the help of our many patrons over the years, but to create encouragement and feedback to help nurture that talent.

This is usually the time of year when I, as founder and coordinator of Wadadli Pen, would start reaching out to prospective patrons and partners (the sometimes dispiriting cap in hand approach). This time around, for various reasons, I want to try something different. So, I decided to write an open letter inviting those who genuinely want to support this project, and through it support youth development and arts development to contact the programme at wadadlipen@yahoo.com .  Wadadli Pen welcomes pledges of any size; prizes in cash or kind, and the gift of time. Already, going into year 10, we have pledges from two time winner of the Guyana Literary Prize for fiction, Ruel Browne; Juneth Webson; and another long time donor for whom we are very grateful.

This is a project that has proven that it has staying power. Going forward I’d like to attract resources to build a foundation that will ensure that Wadadli Pen outlives even my ability to do it, and to do even more with it than we’ve been able to do so far. If moved to help, contact the programme at wadadlipen@yahoo.com Thank you in advance.

Joanne C. Hillhouse

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