The winners of the 2011 Wadadli Pen Challenge were announced and awarded Saturday night, during day one of the Best of Books 10-year-anniversary Outdoor Book and Story Fair at the University Centre.
The overall winner was stay-at-home-mom and Anglican youth worker Devra
Thomas, author of Sands and Butterflies. Eleven-year-old Minoah Magnet student Orique Gordon, author of The Lost Coin tied for second place with Shakeema Edwards, a 17-year-old Antigua State College student and author of The Curse of the Kumina. Princess Margaret School student Chatrisse Beazer, 16-year-old author of The Legend of Banana Boy, was third.
The judges praised the “natural dialogue” and “lovely pace” of Sands and Butterflies, a story involving a mother-daughter beach adventure but about much more. The Lost Coin, a story told from a unique perspective, was said to have a “nice rhythm” while the author of Curse of the Kumina “pack(ed) in conflict, humour and a resolution” in her story. The Legend of Banana Boy, meanwhile, was a bit of old school storytelling with an unlikely superhero described as having “nice tension and natural rhythm.”
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