The Small Axe Annual Literary Competition


The Small Axe Project is initiating an annual literary competition to encourage the production and publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry.

The Small Axe Literary Prize competition will focus on poetry and short stories from emerging writers whose work centers on regional and diasporic Caribbean themes and concerns. This competition is part of the Small Axe Project's ongoing commitment to Caribbean cultural production and our mission to provide a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality. With this competition, we hope to encourage and support the region's rich literary heritage, in the tradition of precursors such as Bim, Kyk-over-al, Focus and Savacou.


The competition will consist of two categories: poetry and short fiction. Two winners will be chosen from each category. Winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges.


First Prize: $750


Second Prize: $500

Winners of the 2009 competition will be published in the March and July 2010 issues of Small Axe.


Submission deadline 30 April, 2009


Writers wishing to compete for a Small Axe Literary Prize must submit the following to submissions@smallaxe.net:


  • An original, unpublished short story (maximum 7,000 words), or an original selection of poetry (maximum ten poems, not exceeding ten manuscript pages).
  • A one-page biography, including previously published works.
  • Full contact information, including name, email address, mailing address and phone number.


More information at Small Axe

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Via Antilles (Thanks, Nicholas!)

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