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.