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.
2019 is the 6th year for this young adult literature 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.
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.