Bringing on new writers
region’s only prize that seeks to open doors for budding writers will close for
submissions on 30th September.
The 2014 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize will
be awarded to an emerging writer of literary non-fiction, which includes
biography, memoir, travel writing, history, current affairs, and non-academic
essays on diverse subjects.
Prize, administered by The Bocas Lit Fest and worth a total of US$15,000, will
give the winning Caribbean-based writer time to advance a work in progress. It
includes a year’s mentoring by an established author and travel to the United
Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive creative writing course of their choice
winning writer will also have three days in London to network with literary
professionals, hosted by the UK’s leading creative writing organisation, Arvon,
in association with Free Word Centre and agents Rogers, Coleridge & White,
and receive a cash award of 3,000GBP or US$4,500.
“The deadline is imminent but there is still a
little time to get entries in”, says Bocas Lit Fest founder Marina
Salandy-Brown. “To qualify, writers must
simply be of Caribbean birth or citizenship, aged over 18, living in the
region, and not yet published a non-fiction work. We require just 2000 words of the work in
progress and to see another previously published piece of the same length and
genre, but full details are on the website.”
winner will be announced at the 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s
annual literary festival, in April in Port of Spain. This year’s inaugural Prize for fiction
turned up some fine writers from all over the Caribbean and organisers are
expecting another exciting crop of new and nearly new writers to emerge.