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. 2021 NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award Judges Amílcar Sanatan Amílcar Peter Sanatan is a PhD. candidate in Cultural Studies at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. His poetry has appeared in BIM Magazine, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, The Caribbean Writer, Cordite Poetry Review, Gutter, Interviewing the Caribbean, Magma, Moko Magazine, PREE Lit, Sargasso and Sinking... Read More Franka Philip Franka Philip is a Trinidadian journalist and media consultant with 25 years experience in online, radio and print with specialist skills in digital media. She is the co-founder of the media company Trini Good Media. Read More Marge Blackman The last daughter of the legendary Ras Shorty I, the creator of soca and jamoo, Marge is a talented singer/songwriter, performing in her childhood with her family band, The Love Circle, and now with her own band, Jamoo. Read More Paul Keens-Douglas Paul Keens-Douglas is an actor, author, and storyteller with a wide and varied background in Theatre and the Creative Arts. A leading exponent of Caribbean oral traditions, he is founder/producer of the annual Tim Tim Storytelling Show and the Carnival Talk Tent. He holds the Humming Bird Silver medal for... Read More Ricqcolia Phillip Ricqcolia Phillip is a consummate content creator and writer with close to 10 years of working in content in several niches including media and entertainment, lifestyle, travel, and tourism. She got her start hosting her YouTube channel Ricqcolia’s Top 5 (RT5) before becoming the Face of LoopTT where she served... Read More Eligibility and nomination guidelines To be eligible for entry, a writer must: Be of Trinidad and Tobago birth or citizenship, living in Trinidad and Tobago, and writing in English; Be 25 years old or younger on 31 December, 2021; Have published or publicly released one or more works of literary art with notable impact (national or international) between 1 January, 2020, and 30 July, 2021. Submissions in the following categories of writing are eligible: Fiction (published short stories or a published novel) Poetry (several individual poems published in magazines or online, or a published pamphlet/chapbook or book) Creative non-fiction (which may include published essays, biography or autobiography, arts criticism, and other creative genres, whether they have appeared as individual pieces or a book) Song lyrics (all genres of music, either recorded and publicly released, or publicly performed) Blogging (on any topic of general interest, with a track record of regular online publication for a general audience) Journalism (including news reporting and feature writing for newspapers or magazines, or newspaper commentary/columns) Spoken word poetry (with a track record of public performance) Playwriting or any other form of writing for live performance Scriptwriting for film or TV How to submit a nomination You can nominate yourself or any other writer who meets the eligibility criteria. If you’re nominating someone else, please confirm that you have their permission. For nominees under the age of 18, please also confirm that you have the permission of their parent or guardian. Note that finalists and winners will be expected to participate in an interview, and their names, images, and biographical information may be used in announcing and promoting the award. The deadline for submission of nominations is 19 October, 2021. Nominations that arrive after this date will not be considered. You must complete the online entry form on this page for each nomination. For each nomination, please upload a PDF containing a short biography/curriculum vitae of the writer. The biography should be no more than 100 words long and should be accompanied by a list of the writer’s publications, performances, or releases in the applicable genre within the period 1 January, 2020, and 30 July, 2021. It should also be accompanied by a short statement no more than 200 words long, explaining why you think the impact of the writer’s work in the eligibility period qualifies them for the award. Each nomination must also include a sample of the writer’s work in PDF format — see below for details. Please ensure the writer’s name is included in the PDF. What to submit for each genre Fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction Please upload a PDF sample of published writing of approximately 3,000 words or less (this may be an excerpt from a longer work), including publication information (name/place/date of publication, etc.). Song lyrics Please upload a PDF with the lyrics of up to five songs, including information on public release or performance. Blogging Please upload a PDF sample of one or more published blog posts, to a total of 3,000 words or less, along with the relevant URL(s). Journalism Please upload a PDF sample of up to five published articles or columns, to a total of 3,000 words or less, including publication information (name/place/date of publication, URL if applicable, etc.). Spoken word poetry Please upload a PDF including a link to a video recording of up to three spoken word poems, hosted on either YouTube or Vimeo, along with the texts of the relevant pieces. Please also include any relevant information about the performance history of the pieces. Playwriting or any other form of writing for live performance Please upload a PDF of the script or an excerpt (up to 20 pages), along with relevant information about the performance history of the piece. Note: the script must have been publicly performed within the eligibility period. If the live performance was recorded and is posted online, please include the URL. Scriptwriting for film or TV Please upload a PDF including a link to one film (feature length or short, documentary or fiction) or TV programme, hosted on either YouTube or Vimeo, along with the script. Please also include any relevant information about the broadcast history of the piece. 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!