UPDATE! (May 12th 2020) –
The 2020 season of the Wadadli Pen Challenge, the flagship project of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, a project that has, since 2004, been nurturing and showcasing the literary (and other) arts in Antigua and Barbuda, has wrapped. See the complete winners’ breakdown here. Here’s the wrap release.
The Challenge is an opportunity for Antiguan and Barbudan residents (only), 35 and younger, writers AND visual artists to challenge themselves creatively. We do this with the help of our generous 2020 patrons.
Wadadli Pen is continuing to work towards legal non-profit status and hopes to do more once it has done. So, you can support our efforts or pledge prizes early for the 2021 Challenge season. To do so, contact us at email@example.com
And if you’re thinking of entering a future Wadadli Pen, why not start writing now. To participate, you need to be resident in Antigua and Barbuda.
Submission typically requires a SUBMISSION FORM
And these were the 2020 rules and announcement re special prizes (N.B. special prizes change from year to year):
Entries should feel Caribbean-specific and/or inspired (even if set elsewhere including the landscape of the imagination) – this does not mean Caribbean clichés – writing should be imaginative/original not defined by old tropes and stereotypes of Caribbean literature
Entries can be in any sub-genre (but no graphic sex nor gratuitous violence; adult language is allowed if the story requires it but not if gratuitously overused)
Entries must not have been previously published including online
Entries can be Fiction, Creative non-fiction, Poetry, or Fictional Comic (Art) Strip
Plagiarized entries (i.e. entries previously written by someone else) will be disqualified [07/07/20: Recently, an eagle-eyed reader of this blog brought an incident of plagiarism related to a 2016 Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge entry to our attention. While it is four years too late to retrieve the prizes this entry would have received, we have removed it from public view and corrected the record, we will be informing the recipient, and will be more diligent in future to ensure that plagiarized entries are not rewarded. The development of young people, the encouragement of original creativity, and the integrity of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize are important to us. We wish to thank Mary (the reader’s name) for bringing the offence to our attention and we apologize to the author of the original piece which was plagiarized. It is not in keeping with our mission and our standards to steal from another writer. We will do our best to make sure it doesn’t happen again.]
Entrants are free to collaborate (especially writers with artists for the comic strip) as long as full credit is given and as long as it’s understood that there will not be individual prizes but prizes collectively for the creator or creators of the winning entry – where cheques or gift certificates are involved a single name will have to be provided
Entries without a submission form and required submission info (per the guidelines) will be disqualified without further notice – exception to this is teachers submitting in bulk on behalf of students. In that case, the teacher can submit a single form listing him or herself as contact and appending a list of students, the name of their entry, and their age. The teacher will be responsible for providing parent/guardian contact or other information if/when required
Entries must be 1000 words or fewer but no less than 100 words – word count will be firmly enforced in 2020 and should be clearly identified on the downloadable submission form – entries without word count so identified will be disqualified without further notice
It is important to provide the age of the writer/artist as entries are logged and prizes awarded by age categories (6 and younger, 7 to 12, 13 to 17, 18 to 35) and all will be eligible for the main prize – we are youth-focused but for writers and artists of all ages, there are more opportunities posted to the site; for those check out our opportunities and opportunities too pages
Only one entry per person (individually or in collaboration)
Entries should be typed and submitted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) only (teachers making bulk submissions please try to do this in-school as much as possible BUT if this is too high a hurdle please let us know at email@example.com and we will see what accommodations can be made — keep in mind that we are a small volunteer team)
Entries can be any tone or topic – however, if you wish to be considered for one of the themed special prizes, indicate so on the entry form
Winners will only be selected if the judges’ deem submissions worthy of placement – so entrants should be encouraged to select and submit their best work (and the specific prizes depend on the patronage we are able to attract; the prizes are only an incentive, not the point. The point is to tell your story)
Subject line of submissions should be ‘Your Name Wadadli Pen Challenge Submission 2020’ (or in the case of teachers making bulk submissions on behalf of students, subject line should be ‘Teacher’s Name School Wadadli Pen Challenge Submission 2020’) e.g. JCH Wadadli Pen Challenge submission 2020 or JCH CKHS Wadadli Pen Challenge 2020
Submit by February 16th 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
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) while tackling the most existential issue of our day. 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 – per the given guidelines. This prize is designed to encourage greater participation from Barbuda and create a space for Barbudans to tell their unique stories.
Schools’ Prize – A prize for the school with the most submissions sponsored by Caribbean Reads Publishing.
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.
Please be sure to check all of the supplied information if you have questions and, only then, if your question is not answered reach out to us at email@example.com
The submission deadline is February 16th 2020.