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Call for nominations: NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award 2021

Who has been the most influential young person in literary arts in T&T in the last year? With the help of a diverse panel of judges, we are embarking on a journey to find and celebrate young writers of talent in any corner of literature: including poetry, playwriting, fiction, creative non-fiction, journalism, scriptwriting, spoken word,

Finalists of the 2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam announced!

The top ten finalists have been revealed, who will go up against our two-time defending champion, Alexandra Stewart, for the $50,000 Grand Prize! The top-scoring poets were announced live on the NOW Morning show on TTT on Friday, 3 September. TTT is the 2021 broadcast partner of 2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam (FCNPS) producer,

There is no Bocas without YOU! Become a Friend of the Bocas Lit Fest today

We want you to know that there’s no Bocas without YOU!  We are excited to invite you to our new subscription platform called Friends of the Bocas Lit Fest. Show your love for Caribbean Lit while supporting our work and helping us to continue thriving! Step 1: LOVE CARIBBEAN LIT Show your love for Caribbean literature and

Start a new chapter with us! We’re looking for our new C.E.O.!

We are looking for a visionary leader of our small, dedicated team of highly productive creatives with whom to continue the well-established path of success of the Bocas Lit Fest. Founder Marina Salandy-Brown will soon be relinquishing her role as managing director of the Bocas Lit Fest to concentrate on its strategic development, as Vice President of

Winners of Dragonzilla’s Short Story Writing Announced!

Congratulations to David Ryan (8), and Josh Hansraj (9), the winners of Dragonzilla’s Short Story Writing Challenge 2021!  They emerged as the winners in the 5-8 and 9-12 categories respectively, out of over 100 entries submitted in the first stage of the writing challenge, telling us about their Covid-19 experiences in Trinidad and Tobago. Twenty-one

Vote now for the Dragonzilla’s Short Story Challenge People’s Choice!

The twenty finalists in Dragonzilla’s Short Story Writing Challenge 2021 are amazing and creative storytellers! You can see for yourself – they’ve recorded themselves reading their original stories which they submitted in June, under the theme “My Covid Experience in Trinidad and Tobago”. All their videos are ready now for you to view, and will

2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam semi-finalists announced

Twenty poets have advanced to the semi-final round of the 2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam (FCNPS) which will be broadcast on TTT in August. The selected poets, three of whom were finalists at the 2020 National Slam, will be keen to start preparing their pieces for the semi-final rounds of the most prominent spoken

The NGC Bocas Youth Fest: Save the Date!

🎉This year, we’ll bring to life our first youth festival, sponsored by The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago! 🎉 We want to celebrate the young writers and readers who’ve been showing up and showing out in their schools and communities, as well as support and encourage more of our young audience to love literature! 📚✨ Check

The 2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam Auditions

The 2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam audition round was totally virtual. The Zoom platform became the new audition stage for poets across the country entering the largest spoken word challenge in the Caribbean. The Slam, now in its ninth year, is giving $50,000 to the winner. The prize is sponsored by First Citizens. Judges

Celebrate Caribbean Literature Day with Us!

Readers, writers, and book lovers across the region and the diaspora will celebrate “Caribbean Literature Day” on 12 July. This is the second year this date will be observed, after being proposed in 2020 by the organisers of the St. Martin Book Fair, who urge us to “Celebrate the day by reading the works of

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Introducing The Write Away! Poetry Series

English Literature students and teachers will soon have access to a digital course that focuses on Caribbean poetry and features local poets and literary experts. All interested schools and teachers can find out more and register to be a part of the Write Away! Poetry Series here. Write Away! (Year Two) will roll out to

“Mangoes” wins the Children’s Book Prize!

When Life Gives You Mangoes, by Jamaican Kereen Getten, has won the first-ever Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize, 2021. Getten, who grew up in Jamaica and now lives in the UK, has previously written short stories for multiple publications including Notts Review and Adhoc Fiction, and was nominated for Best Short Fiction 2018. Her

Limited time offer: 15% off Friends of Bocas annual subscription!

Jumpstart Christmas with a Friends of Bocas Gift Card for your family and friends. You can also treat yourself, as for a limited time only, you can take 15% off the subscription tier of your choice. In the spirit of giving, your gift(s) will also support our important work and literary community. There really is

Call for submissions to a fiction and poetry anthology to be published by Peekash Press

Unstitching silence: Fiction and poetry by Caribbean writers on gender-based violence  Presented by the WHO and the UN as a global public health crisis, gender-based violence (GBV) is particularly pervasive in Anglophone Caribbean countries, which have some of the highest rates of reported rape and femicide in the world. Homophobic and transphobic violence is also

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