Bocas Lit Fest

Exclusive Publishing Deals Offered to Caribbean Publishers through the Burt Award Programme!

burt final_caribbean_logo_webThe Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual literary award and readership initiative that aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across the Caribbean. The Burt Award is open to published books, unpublished manuscripts, and previously self-published books, and will be given to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors.

The Award was established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organisation that has been supporting literacy and learning for over 50 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Bocas Lit Fest and CaribLit.

The Burt Award programme offers significant benefits to publishers of the winning titles, including a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies of the winning title, and marketing and promotional support from both CODE and the Bocas Lit Fest. Winning authors are awarded a cash prize, and self-published or manuscript winners are connected with eligible publishers who will (re)publish and market the winning book under a traditional publishing model.

musical_youth_nov1In the run-up to the Award announcement in April 2015 at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, we are seeking eligible publishers interested in bidding on the publication of previously self-published titles or unpublished manuscripts in the instance that one of these wins any of the three Burt Awards in 2015.

Last year, St. Kitts based publisher CaribbeanReads was chosen to publish the second place winner, Musical Youth by Joanne Hillhouse.

If your publishing house is interested in this exclusive publishing opportunity, please download and complete the Caribbean Publisher’s Declaration. NOTE: This opportunity is open to eligible Caribbean-based publishing houses only.

Publisher’s declarations should be returned to by 31 January 2015. 

CODE and Bocas Lit Fest will review the completed Publisher’s Declaration forms and, in close consultation with the winning author(s), select the most appropriate Publisher(s) based on the responses provided.

For more information on this programme and the many benefits of the Burt Award programme, email us at or, or call 1 (868) 222-7099. 

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