The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2012

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The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2012

LATEST NEWS:

The judges for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature have announced the winner: Is Just a Movie, by Earl Lovelace.

The shortlist:

Poetry winner:
The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman, by Loretta Collins Klobah (Puerto Rico)

Fiction winner:
Is Just a Movie, by Earl Lovelace (Trinidad and Tobago)

Non-fiction winner:
George Price: A Life Revealed, by Godfrey P. Smith (Belize)

The three winners in the genre categories now compete for the overall Prize, will be announced on 28 April, during the second annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain.

The full longlist of ten books:

Poetry

The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman, by Loretta Collins Klobah (Puerto Rico)
Tantie Diablesse, by Fawzia Kane (Trinidad and Tobago)
This Strange Land, by Shara McCallum (Jamaica/USA)

Fiction

The Ladies Are Upstairs, by Merle Collins (Grenada)
Near Open Water, by Keith Jardim (Trinidad and Tobago)
Is Just a Movie, by Earl Lovelace (Trinidad and Tobago)
Vital Signs, by Tessa McWatt (Guyana/Canada)

Non-fiction

Olympian: 75 Years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport, by Basil Ince (Trinidad and Tobago)
Colour Me English: Thoughts About Migrations and Belonging Before and After 9/11, by Caryl Phillips (St. Kitts/UK)
George Price: A Life Revealed, by Godfrey P. Smith (Belize)

ABOUT THE PRIZE:

The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is a major award for literary books by Caribbean writers. Books may be entered in three categories: poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. The prize includes an award of US$10,000, sponsored by One Caribbean Media. The inaugural OCM Bocas Prize, presented in April 2011, was won by Derek Walcott’s White Egrets.

The OCM Bocas Prize has two stages. First, panels of distinguished judges will select the best book in each of the three genre categories. Next, the chairs of the poetry, fiction, and non-fiction panels, joined by the overall chair and vice-chair of the prize, will form a final prize jury to select the overall winner from the three genre winners.

The 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature opens for entries on 16 September, 2011, and the winner will be announced on 28 April, 2012, at the second annual Bocas Lit Fest. Books published before 31 October, 2011, should be received by the judging panels by 11 November, 2011. Books published between 1 November and 31 December, 2011, must be received by 6 January, 2012. Books that arrive after the deadline dates will not be considered.

To be eligible for the 2012 prize, a book must have been published in the calendar year 2011, and written by an author born in the Caribbean or holding Caribbean citizenship. Books must also have been originally written in English.

Download full submission guidelines and the official entry form here.

For further information about the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, contact us at info@bocaslitfest.com.

2012 judges

George Lamming, Overall chair
Author
Barbados

Marjorie Thorpe, Vice-Chair
Former academic and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize judge
Trinidad and Tobago

Poetry

Fred D’Aguiar, Chair
Author and academic
Guyana; based in United States

Nicolette Bethel
Author and editor of tongues of the ocean
The Bahamas

Kendel Hippolyte
Author and theatre director
St. Lucia

Non-fiction

Frank Birbalsingh, Chair
Academic
Guyana; based in Canada

Erna Brodber
Author and academic
Jamaica

Lise Winer
Academic
Canada

Fiction

Ellah Allfrey, Chair
Deputy editor of Granta
United Kingdom

Rabindranath Maharaj
Author
Trinidad and Tobago; based in Canada

Achy Obejas
Author and translator
Cuba/United States; based in US

Find out more about the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize in our prize archive.