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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

Updated Eligibility Guidelines! 2021 BLF Children’s Book Prize

The Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize is still open for entries until 30 July 2021, and we have made some small adjustments to our guidelines to allow us to capture a wider range of children’s books from Caribbean writers! Here are the revised eligibility guidelines for the inaugural Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize: Works of fiction

Register now to audition for the FCNPS 2021

Come audition for the First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2021. This year we celebrate the resilience of poetry in a fully virtual slam! Book your spot and audition via Zoom before a panel of live judges. Progress to the televised Semi Finals and Grand Final. The stage awaits you. Audition Dates:  Saturday 10th, 17th, 24th

Call for writers: Celebrate Caribbean Literature Day with us!

We’re celebrating Caribbean Literature Day with another edition of our popular virtual open mic series – Stand & Deliver! Open to Caribbean writers and performers at home and the diaspora, writers of all kinds and levels of experience can share their work with our audience at our 2021 Caribbean Literature Day celebrations on 12 July. Be a

Register for our writing workshops in October and November

We’ve got a few more workshops for 2021, across a wide spectrum of writing. Limited spots are available, so book yours now to take your writing to the next level! These creative workshops will be conducted by the best expert facilitators – visionaries in publishing, language and all aspects of writing. The workshops are all

Desiree Seebaran wins the 2021 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize

TT poet Desiree Seebaran has won the 2021 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize (JAAWP), the region’s only prize for emerging writers. In the third and final year of the Prize, dedicated to the advancement of new Caribbean voices, Seebaran won out over the other 2 shortlisted poets, Akhim Alexis and Jay T. John; all

Canisia Lubrin wins the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize

A book-length poem that the Prize judges consider “postcolonial poetry at its best” has triumphed in the stakes for best book by a Caribbean writer published last year.  The Dyzgraphxst by St. Lucia-born poet Canisia Lubrin is the 2021 winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, which comes with an award of US$10,000,

Relief efforts in St. Vincent & The Grenadines

The leaves of my plum tree did not glisten when wet – Volcano Suite by Shake Keane, 1979 Even as we celebrate the legendary music and poetry of Shake Keane at the 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, we are cognizant that his haunting words from Volcano Suite in 1979 are accurate descriptions for the current

The #bocas2021 Festival Programme

The 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest programme is live! Happening from April 23rd – 25th, all free, no registration required! A virtual literary walking tour; The 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us; our signature Big Ideas discussion; a robust activity-packed children’s programme; award-winning and emerging writers from across the Caribbean and its diaspora; the announcement of

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Announcing the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize shortlist

The judges for the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature have announced the winners in the three genre categories: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The genre category winners, by authors from three different Caribbean territories, will now enter the final round of judging, vying for the overall award of US$10,000. Internationally recognised as the leading literary award

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Children’s Book Prize Longlist announced!

Six writers from across the Caribbean have been longlisted for the inaugural Bocas Children’s Book Prize, with tales that bring magic, folklore, and real historical events to life for the region’s young readers. The prize, sponsored by the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC), is the first of its kind, recognising Caribbean books for young independent readers

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

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