Three emerging TT writers are now vying for the non-fiction category prize in the second year of the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize.
They are, in alphabetical order:
Amanda Choo Quan for It Starts with a Shatter (extract from An Emotional History of the West Indies);
Melissa Doughty for The Road I’ve Walked: The Story of Joan Jackson
Amilcar Sanatan for Disappearing Boys (extract from For Small Men and Big Boys)
The winner will be announced in May 2020.
Amanda Choo Quan (T&T)
Melissa Doughty (T&T)
Ruel Johnson (Guyana)
Otancia Noel (T&T)
Kim Robinson-Walcott (Jamaica)
Amílcar Sanatan (T&T)
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 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize is sponsored by philanthropist Dr. Kongshiek Achong Low and administered by The Bocas Lit Fest and the literary charitable trust, Arvon. The first year was dedicated to fiction and was won by Jamaican writer Sharma Taylor.
In its second year, 2020, The Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize will be awarded for a literary non-fiction work in progress. The prize was open to submissions from 15 July to 30 September 2019. The winner will be announced at the 2020 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
To be eligible for entry, a writer must:
The Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize consists of: