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!
Download the updated 2018-19 CODE Burt Award Eligibility and Entry Guidelines
Now in its sixth year, CODE’s annual Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature recognizes up to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors.
This year, the winning title will be awarded $10,000 CAD, and two finalists will be awarded $2,000 CAD each.
Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries, and literacy organizations throughout the region. To date, over 37,000 copies of award-winning YA novels have been distributed throughout the Caribbean to young readers.
Eligible manuscripts and books published between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 must be submitted by email to the Bocas Lit Fest no later than October 31, 2018. Download the award guidelines for eligibility details or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with queries.
About the Award
This literary award and readership initiative recognizes excellence in Caribbean-authored literature for young adults, ages 12 through 18. The Bocas Lit Fest oversees the submission and adjudication process. The jury is composed of 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 centres across the region.
Find out more at https://www.burtaward.org/burt-award-caribbean
The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Núñez (Puerto Rico/USA) — Self-published.
“In 1957 Cuba, in strong, evocative and emotional prose, Prado-Núñez tells the story of a girl discovering truths about her family, and her country, that force her to grow in unexpected ways.” — Burt Award Judges
The Beast of Kukuyo by Kevin Jared Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago) – Manuscript
“Hosein’s vivid imagery and descriptive language bring you right into the narrative from the very first. You’re standing alongside Tiki and running next to Rune at the same time, looking for clues in the forest and admiring the beautiful Trinidadian landscape as you move through this adventurous tale.” — Burt Award Judges
Waiting for the Bus by Lisa Allen-Agostini (Trinidad & Tobago) – Manuscript.
“This story of a young woman’s journey to “home, home” is a poignant tale for anyone who has ever felt displaced by family, illness or migration, and goes beyond the obvious issues of depression to examine carefully the concepts of home and family.” — Burt Award Judges
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. code.ngo