The judges for the 2019 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize have announced a longest of nine writers, from a total of 37 submissions.
The Caribbean’s only award for emerging writers, the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize is dedicated this year to fiction. In 2020 and 2021, the prize will be open to writers of non-fiction and poetry, respectively.
The nine writers longlisted for 2019 are:
Heather Barker (Barbados)
Lelawatee Manoo-Rahming (Trinidad and Tobago/The Bahamas)
Ira Mathur (Trinidad and Tobago)
Otancia Noel (Trinidad and Tobago)
A-dZiko Simba Gegele (Jamaica)
Subraj Singh (Guyana)
Portia Subran (Trinidad and Tobago)
Sharma Taylor (Jamaica)
Racquel Williams (Barbados)
The winner of the 2019 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize will be announced at the 2019 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, which will run from 1 to 5 May in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
This new prize is named after Johnson and Amoy Achong and commemorates their lives as loyal and hardworking citizens of Trinidad and Tobago whose children have continued to contribute to the building of the country. Dr. Achong Low is a medical practitioner and Chairman of Medcorp Limited.
The Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize is an annual award, which allows an emerging Caribbean writer living and working in the Anglophone Caribbean to devote time to advancing or finishing a literary work, with support from an established writer as mentor. The prize is offered across three literary genres: fiction in 2019, non-fiction in 2020, and poetry in 2021.
The first winner of the Johnson and Amoy Chong Caribbean Writers Prize will be announced in 2019. The Prize was open for fiction entries from June to September 2018.
This Prize replaces the Hollick Arvon Prize Caribbean Writers Prize, which ran between 2013 and 2015. The inaugural winner of the Hollick Arvon Prize in 2013 was Barbara Jenkins of Trinidad and Tobago [fiction], followed by Diana McCaulay of Jamaica [non-fiction] in 2014, and Trinidadian Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné [poetry] in 2015. At the 2018 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, two of these past awardees, Jenkins and Boodoo-Fortuné, launched their new books that resulted from winning the Hollick Arvon Prize.
In its first year, 2019, The Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize will be awarded for a prose fiction work in progress. The winner will be announced in April 2019 at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
The Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize consists of:
To be eligible for entry, a writer must:
Download the 2019 prize guidelines and entry form for more information. The 2019 prize for fiction is closed. The prize will open for non-fiction entries in June 2019.