06-07-2017

Burt Award for Caribbean Literature Now Open for Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Now in its fifth year, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature recognizes up to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors.

CaribbeanReads has had the pleasure of publishing two Burt Award winners, 2nd place winner in 2014 Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse and 3rd place winner in 2016 The Protectors’ Pledge by Danielle Y. C. McClean.

This year, the winning title will be awarded $10,000 CDN, and two finalists will be awarded $2,000 CDN each.

Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries, and literacy organizations throughout the region. To date, more than 22,000 copies of winning books have made their way into the hands of Caribbean youth.

Published books, previously self-published books, and unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the award. Eligible books and unpublished manuscripts may be submitted to the Bocas Lit Fest by publishers registered and operating in the Caribbean. Unpublished manuscripts or previously self-published books may be submitted by authors directly to the Bocas Lit Fest.

Books published between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017 and eligible manuscripts must be received at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest by 31 October 2017.

See attached for the official 2018 guidelines and entry form. More information at http://www.bocaslitfest.com/2018/burt-award/

12-08-2015

The Red Fire Truck

I performed this piece in Trinidad at the Bocas Lit Fest April 2015.

 

12-06-2014

Blood Rising

I submitted this short story for the National Caribbean American Heritage Month and it was chosen to be posted. The theme was: Losing and Rediscovering Caribbean Identity Abroad.

Enjoy.

This is where it was posted. Also check out the poem by my long-time friend Nneka Edwards.

Here is the link to the actual story.

07-06-2014

Calabash 2014

I have been interested in attending this literary event for many years. It seems like a wonderful meeting of like-minded individuals wanting to discuss, learn about, and promote Caribbean literature. Unfortunately I missed it once again, I seem to be getting all of the publicity about it after the fact, but I will put it on my calendar for 2016, and make every effort to make the trip.

Here are a couple of articles describing the just concluded event.

Jamaica’s Calabash Goes Globalishus

Jamaica Literary Festival Draws Top-Flight Authors

02-06-2014

Equal pay for equal work

When you work for yourself, especially if you are providing a service in which the raw materials of your craft are primarily intellectual, you will inevitably (read often) be asked to work for free. In fact, you are lucky if the person even acknowledges that they should expect to pay for the services. This article contains very professional ways to approach these requests that you work for free.

24-04-2014

Image, Then and Now

Shel SilversteinThe first time I picked up The Giving Tree, I reacted very strongly to the author’s photo on the back. I thought, “This must be an excellent book, because the author is a scary looking guy!” And it was true. Shel Silverstein became one of my favorite children’s books authors.

I thought about him this morning as I got ready to go to a bookstore to discuss doing a book reading there. The Giving Tree was written more than fifty years ago, and I wonder how Mr. Silverstein, who seems rather reluctant to be photographed, would have fared today when everything is recorded and immediately disseminated.