September 14, 2007

The Caribbean Writer (2008): Submissions

The Caribbean Writer is currently seeking submissions for its 22nd (2008) issue. The Caribbean Writer has published the poetry and prose of Opal Palmer Adisa, Kwame Dawes, Zee Edgell, Kamau Brathwaite, E. A. Markham, Carolina Hospital, Willi Chen, Fred D'Aguiar, Cyril Dabydeen, Garfield Ellis, John M. Figueroa, Lorna Goodison, Merle Hodge, and Edwidge Danticat; visual art from the Caribbean and the Virgin Islands and book reviews by an international gathering of critics and intellectuals.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

The Caribbean Writer is an international literary anthology with a Caribbean focus. The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective.

Submit poems (5 maximum), short stories, personal essays, (2 maximum not to exceed 15 pages each), and one-act plays. Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. (If self-published, give details).

Follow this procedure for submissions: Put title, name, address and other contact information on separate sheet. Title only should be on manuscript. Include brief biographical information and mention previous publications, if any.

Type (double-spaced) all manuscripts.

All submissions are eligible for these prizes:

The Daily News prize for best poetry ($300)

The Canute A. Brodhurst prize for best short fiction ($400)

The David Hough Literary prize to an author residing in the Caribbean ($500)

The Marguerite Cobb McKay prize to a Virgin Islands author ($200)

The Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky prize for first-time publication ($200)

Please note that manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Authors of accepted work will be notified.

Book Reviews

Persons interested in reviewing books should contact the editor indicating areas of expertise. Include sample reviews if possible.

Please mail submissions to:

The Caribbean Writer

University of the Virgin Islands

RR 1 Box 10000

Kingshill VI 00850-9781

Email submissions are accepted OR

Next submission deadline is November 30, 2007.


On a personal note, The Caribbean Writer published some of my earliest work, and they also published my first book of poems, Exodus and Other Poems.



Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Philp. Thanks for sharing this information.

Can I submit a short story that had been entered in a local competition (Jamaica) some years ago, but which was not published?

Also, is there a cost for submission of entries?

Geoffrey Philp said...

Dear Jamaican Dawta,

Greetings and Welcome!

As long as it has not been previously published, I think you should submit.

There is no cost for submission.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, will do. If I have any more questions, I'll link you.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Any time, Ja dawta. Any time.

Anonymous said...

I should have contacted you before to get your permission, but I guess I was so excited, I ran ahead of myself. I've promoted the Caribbean Writer submissions on my blog, and also featured one of your articles - "Top 10 things a writer should know." Of course, I've credited your blog as the source. I may have been excited, but I'm not mad :) Please excuse me this time around. Next time I get excited about something, I'll get your permission first. Thanks.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Jamaican Dawta, no need to ask for permission. Link away!

One of the primary reasons why this blog exists is to expose Caribbean people to Caribbean writers and writing opportunities that exist.


Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks so much.

Unknown said...

Interesting. I may try my hand at this. Thank you for sharing. Hey Greg, why don't I see you around more blogs. You seem to have restricted yourself to your blog.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Dear Leon,

Thank for the comment. I've had to severely limit myself over the past few weeks because of other commitments. I still, however, stick to the regimen of publishing every MWF.