UPDATE! (March 20th 2021) – updated to clarify what type of art submissions are eligible. See eligibility guidelines; and remember no entries will be processed without submission/entry form, downloadable from this page (fill out electronically and email with your entry).
Read or Listen to past Wadadli Pen winners.
The 2021 season of THE WADADLI YOUTH PEN PRIZE CHALLENGE has launched (as of February 25th 2021) – submission deadline is March 26th 2021. The Wadadli Pen Challenge is 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. You are also invited to VOTE for the #readAntiguaBarbuda 2021 readers’ choice book of the year – go here to VOTE.
HOW TO SUBMIT –
Send submissions with this submission form (2021 WADADLI PEN CHALLENGE PRIZE SUBMISSION FORM) – submissions will not be processed without submission form; so, to avoid disqualification, please submit and send the submission form when submitting your entry. – Teachers and youth group leaders can do group submissions using a single form and entering the stories, authors, and age on a separate sheet and listing themselves and their contact information for the collective – Teachers and youth group leaders submitting collectively will be responsible for providing parent/guardian contact or other information as needed
Re special prize/sub-theme –
Genre – poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, text-art short story combo
Sub-genres – anything you want – sci fi, thriller, horror, romance, children’s fiction, personal to epic –
Consider it an opportunity to reflect on the year that was
Be imaginative and remember, make it Caribbean
Re general Wadadli Youth Pen Prize 2021 Challenge guidelines –
-Write about anything; write in any genre – Fiction, Creative non-fiction, Poetry, text-art combo or sub-genre – be creative
-If you wish your entry to be considered for the special prize, indicate so on the form
-Entries will be scanned for plagiarism and disqualified accordingly
-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
-Entrants are free to collaborate as long as full credit is given and as long as it’s understood that there will not be individual prizes per contributor but per entry prizes only – where cheques or gift certificates are involved a single name will have to be provided
-Entries must be 1000 words (maximum) or fewer but no less than 100 words – word count will be firmly enforced and should be clearly identified on the submission form
-Wadadli Pen is open in 2021 to entries from anyone of any age resident in Antigua and Barbuda; but reserves the right to single out for commendation youth entries
-Only one entry per person (individually or in collaboration)
-Entries should be typed and submitted via email (email@example.com)
-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 2021’ (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 2021′) e.g. JCH Wadadli Pen Challenge submission 2021 or JCH CKHS Wadadli Pen Challenge 2021
-Submit by March 26th 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Art-Text combos must fit on a single sheet of paper; and can be hand inked and coloured or electronically created – no collages – if collaborating with a writer or artist, entry will be judged as a single entry and the prize, if any, will be a single prize for the entry
-Schools’ Prize – A prize for the school with the most submissions (if available)
-Everyone vying for a special prize will also be considered for the main prize (and any applicable age category prizes)
-re art submissions – please note that this year only text-art combos are eligible; i.e. a story told through text and art like a graphic novel or illustrated tale. Submit the text-art tale in full as a complete panel or panels (with submission form, of course) while also attaching the art in jpeg and text in word in case we need the parts separately for posting and/or media.
2021 (Pledged) PATRONS (so far) are listed here. If you’d like to be a patron, contact us at email@example.com
See the complete 2020 winners’ breakdown here. Here’s the 2020 wrap release. & Here’s the announcement in 2019 re the first winner of the #readAntiguaBarbuda readers’ choice book of the year initiative.
If you’re thinking of entering the Wadadli Pen Challenge, start writing now (submission guidelines coming just now). & if there’s a book you love that you think deserves a boost, VOTE.