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Blogger Harmony Farrell is the Youth Writer of the Year 2021!

Twenty-four year old blogger Harmony Farrell is the winner of the inaugural inter-genre NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award for young writers up to age 25 and based in Trinidad and Tobago, with a cash prize of $5,000TT.  Read more here.

We enjoyed her writing and appreciated her commentary on topical issues which demonstrates a critical approach that is much needed in the mainstream. We believe Harmony’s work will have widespread reach and great impact. We strongly feel she has the potential to become a voice for her generation.” – Franka Philip, Head Judge, NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award 2021

About the NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award

Literature is always evolving. The art of writing is applicable to a multitude of disciplines, and writers everywhere are using their pens and keyboards to shape our lives. With the full landscape of literature in view, the Bocas Lit Fest introduced a pioneering inter-genre Youth Writer Award, for young people based in Trinidad and Tobago, as part of the first NGC Bocas Youth Festival in August 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, blog writing, and song lyrics.

The winner will receive a cash prize of TT$5,000, along with publicity for being recognised as the NGC Bocas Youth Writer for 2021.

The winner is the young person in the literary arts whom the judges deem as demonstrating the most impact with their work in the last year and a half. The judges were tasked with exploring two key questions:

• How has this literary work made an impact? Indicators such as creative influence, critical acclaim, and online views, shares, and reach will be considered.

• Is the literary work of high quality? Does it show originality of thought and style, a command of language and form, general creativity, and the ability to influence readers?

The judges for the 2021 NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award were Franka Philip (head judge), Amilcar Sanatan, Paul Keens-Douglas, Marge Blackman and Ricqcolia Phillip.

Announcing the 2021 NGC Bocas Youth Writer of the Year

Harmony Farrell has emerged as the NGC Bocas Youth Writer for 2021! 

Twenty-four year old blogger Harmony Farrell is the NGC Bocas Youth Writer of 2021! 

Twenty-four year old blogger Harmony Farrell is the NGC Bocas Youth Writer of 2021! 

 

Blogger Harmony Farrell is a named the Youth Writer of the Year 2021!

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