The 2019 OCM Bocas Prize is now closed for submissions. The judges for the Prize will announce a longlist in March 2019.
To be eligible for entry for the 2019 prize, a book must:
- Have been first published in the calendar year 2018 (1 January to 31 December);
- Have been written by a single author who either holds Caribbean citizenship or was born in the Caribbean (this must be verified by the publisher), regardless of current place of residence;
- Have been written by an author who is living on 31 December, 2018;
- Have been written and first published in English originally (i.e. translations are not eligible);
- Be a new work, previously unpublished in book form (though collections including poems, stories, essays, or other short pieces that have individually appeared in print in periodicals or anthologies are eligible).
The judges for the 2019 Prize are:
Marina Warner (UK)
Geoffrey Philp, Chair (Jamaica/US)
Andre Bagoo (T&T)
Nicole Sealey (USVI/US)
Jane Bryce, Chair (Tanzania/Barbados)
Marcia Douglas (Jamaica/US)
Schuyler Esprit (Dominica)
Gary Younge, Chair (UK)
Ivette Romero (Puerto Rico/US)
Brinsley Samaroo (T&T)
About the OCM Bocas Prize
This is a major award for literary books by Caribbean writers. Books are judged in three categories: poetry; fiction — both novels and collections of short stories; and literary non-fiction — including books of essays, biography and autobiography, history, current affairs, travel, and other genres, which demonstrate literary qualities and use literary techniques, regardless of subject matter. (Note: textbooks, technical books, coffee-table books, specialist publications and reference works are not eligible.)
There is a panel of three judges for each category, who determine category shortlists and winners. The three category winners are then judged by a panel of four judges — consisting of the chairs of the category panels and the prize chair — who will determine the overall winner.
The author of the book judged overall winner will receive an award of US$10,000. The other category winners will receive cash awards of US$3,00
POETRY: Cannibal, by Safiya Sinclair (University of Nebraska Press) FICTION & OVERALL WINNER: Augustown, by Kei Miller (Weidenfeld and Nicolson) NON-FICTION: Virtual Glimpses into the Past/A Walk Back in Time: Snapshots of the History of Trinidad and Tobago, by Angelo Bissessarsingh (Queen Bishop Publishing)