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CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature Open For Submissions


CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is now open for submissions

Established by Canadian education NGO CODE with the generous support of the Literary Prizes Foundation and in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest, CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature celebrates the literary achievements of Caribbean authors while improving young readers’ access to engaging, entertaining and relevant books.

Now in its fourth year, this annual award recognizes three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. A first prize of $10,000 CAD, a second prize of $7,000 CAD and a third prize of $5,000 CAD will be awarded to the winning authors. Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,000 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries and literacy organizations throughout the region. To date, more than 15,000 copies of winning books have made their way into the hands of Caribbean youth.

Published books, previously self-published books, and unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the award. Eligible books and unpublished manuscripts may be submitted to the Bocas Lit Fest by publishers registered and operating in the Caribbean. Unpublished manuscripts or previously self-published books may be submitted by authors directly to the Bocas Lit Fest.

Books published between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2016 and eligible manuscripts must be received at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest by 31 October 2016.

For further details on the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, to find out more about past winners, and to access the official guidelines and entry form, click here.

For more information call (868) 222-7099 or email [email protected]


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