Bocas Lit Fest

Do you have a great novel, creative non-fiction, or graphic novel for youth ages 12 to 18? The CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature is now open for submissions!

2019 is the sixth year for this YA Lit award. To date, over 37,000 copies of award-winning YA novels have been distributed throughout the Caribbean to young readers. This literary award and readership initiative recognises excellence in Caribbean-authored literature for young adults, ages 12 through 18. The jury is composed of Caribbean writers, educators, and literature specialists, and this year a new addition – a young adult reader.

With the generous support of the Literary Prizes Foundation based in Canada, the CODE Burt Award is given annually to three English-language literary works for youth created by Caribbean writers, and illustrators. The winning title is awarded $10,000 and the two finalists each receive $2,000. Local Caribbean publishers are granted a guaranteed purchase of a maximum of 2,500 copies. These copies are then distributed to youth in schools, libraries, and community centers across the region.

Eligible manuscripts and books published between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 must be submitted to the NGC Bocas Lit Fest no later than October 31, 2018.

For more information and to enter, download the 2018-19 CODE Burt Award Eligibility and Entry Guidelines.

About CODE

If you can read and write, you can learn to do, and be, anything. That’s the idea behind CODE. A Canadian NGO with 59 years of experience, CODE advances literacy and learning in Canada and around the world. CODE’s international programs encourage development through education with support to libraries, professional development for teachers, as well as national and local book publishing in over 20 languages. 


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