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The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature  //  2014 shortlist announced

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The 2014 judges have announced the three genre winners, which go on to compete for the overall prize.

 

2014 OCM Bocas Prize Shortlist

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From a longlist of ten titles in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, the prize judges have chosen the winning book in each genre category:

FICTION: Robert Antoni: As Flies to Whatless Boys (Akashic Books)

POETRY: Lorna Goodison: Oracabessa (Carcanet)

NON-FICTION: Kei Miller: Writing Down the Vision: Essays and Prophecies (Peepal Tree Press)

The overall winner, chosen from the shortlist, will be announced on Saturday 26 April during the 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

 

2014 OCM Bocas Prize Longlist

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FICTION SHORTLIST

Robert Antoni: As Flies to Whatless Boys (Akashic Books)

Edwidge Danticat: Claire of the Sea Light (Alfred Knopf)

Kerry Young: Gloria (Bloomsbury Circus)

 

POETRY SHORTLIST

Edward Baugh: Black Sand: New and Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press)

Malika Booker: Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press)

Lorna Goodison: Oracabessa (Carcanet)

Roger Robinson: The Butterfly Hotel (Peepal Tree Press)

 

NON-FICTION SHORTLIST

Gaiutra Bahadur: Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (University of Chicago Press)

Carole Boyce Davies: Caribbean Spaces: Escapes from Twilight Zones (University of Illinois Press)

Kei Miller: Writing Down the Vision: Essays and Prophecies (Peepal Tree Press)

Read more about the 2014 longlisted entries here.

 

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 colection of poems White Egrets. The 2012 Prize was won by Earl Lovelace’s novel Is Just a Movie, and the 2013 Prize was won by Monique Roffey’s novel Archipelago.

The OCM Bocas Prize has two stages. First, panels of distinguished judges 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, form a final prize jury to select the overall winner from the three genre winners.

To be eligible for the 2014 prize, a book must have been published in the calendar year 2013, and written by an author born in the Caribbean or holding Caribbean citizenship. Books must also have been originally written in English.

The winner of the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize will be announced in April 2014 at the fourth annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest. The submission deadline for books published between 1 January and 31 October, 2013, was 15 November, 2013. The deadline for books published between 1 November and 31 December, 2013, was 13 January, 2014. You can download the full submission guidelines here.

For further information about the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, contact us at [email protected].

 

2014 JUDGES

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Overall Chair
Author
Jamaica; based in United Kingdom

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

 

Poetry

Mervyn Morris, Chair
Author and academic
Jamaica

Bernardine Evaristo
Author
United Kingdom

James Christopher Aboud
Author and jurist
Trinidad and Tobago

 

Non-fiction

Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Chair
Author, academic, and principal of the University of the West Indies Open Campus
St. Lucia

Neil Bissoondath
Author
Trinidad and Tobago; based in Canada

Sunity Maharaj
Journalist
Trinidad and Tobago

 

Fiction

Kenneth Ramchand, Chair
Academic
Trinidad and Tobago

Zee Edgell
Author
Belize; based in United States

Boyd Tonkin
Literary editor, UK Independent
United Kingdom

 

2013 OCM Bocas Prize winners

POETRY: Fault Lines, by Kendel Hippolyte (St. Lucia)

FICTION and OVERALL PRIZE: Archipelago, by Monique Roffey (Trinidad and Tobago)

NON-FICTION: The Sky’s Wild Noise: Selected Essays, by Rupert Roopnaraine (Guyana)

 

2012 OCM Bocas Prize winners

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

FICTION and OVERALL PRIZE: Is Just a Movie, by Earl Lovelace (Trinidad and Tobago)

NON-FICTION: George Price: A Life Revealed, by Godfrey P. Smith (Belize)

 

2011 OCM Bocas Prize winners

POETRY and OVERALL WINNER: White Egrets, by Derek Walcott (St. Lucia)

FICTION: How to Escape from a Leper Colony, by Tiphanie Yanique (US Virgin Islands)

NON-FICTION: Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, by Edwidge Danticat (Haiti)

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