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 is introducing a pioneering inter-genre Youth Writer Award, for young people based in Trinidad and Tobago. 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 will be 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 are 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?