The 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize will be awarded to an emerging writer of poetry. Submissions close on 30th September at 6pm.
The 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 poetry collection. It includes a year’s mentoring by an established poet and travel to the United Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive creative writing course of their choice at Arvon.
The 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 £3,000 or US$4,500.
This is year 3 of the Prize. In 2012, the Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers prize was for fiction and was won by Barbara Jenkins of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2013, Jamaican, Diana McCaulay took home the prize for non-fiction. The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize is presented at Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, in Port of Spain in late April.
To qualify, writers must be of Caribbean birth or citizenship, aged over 18, living in the region, and not yet published a full poetry collection. For more details on how to enter, access the guidelines and entry forms here: http://www.bocaslitfest.com/hollick-arvon-prize/. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't hesitate to get in touch with any queries. We look forward to your submissions.
The Bocas Lit Fest team
P.S.: A reminder that the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, given to three literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors, is also open for submissions. Find out more here: http://www.bocaslitfest.com/burt-award-for-caribbean-literature/. Spread the word!