Yesterday, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013 Shortlist was announced. Here are short descriptions of the Caribbean authors on the list (with their short story titles):
A GOOD FRIDAY, Barbara Jenkins (Trinidad and Tobago): A lifetime of geography teaching and child rearing in Trinidad ended with widowhood and the start of a second life teaching in the UK, backpacking through India, Peru and Cuba, visiting friends and relatives in Europe and North America and co-authoring a Health and Family Life Education textbook series for Caribbean schools. The Cropper Foundation/UWI Creative Writing residential workshop 2008 heralded another new beginning. Encouraged by early recognition in international writing competitions including the Commonwealth Short Story, Caribbean Region 2010 and 2011, Wasafiri New Writing Life Writing 2009, Small Axe Fiction 2011, The Caribbean Writer Fiction 2010 and the CCN Film Review Prize, Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2012, Barbara embarked on an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, graduating in 2012. Her debut collection of short stories, Sic Transit Wagon, published by Peepal Tree Press, UK, is due in summer 2013.
ANTONYA’S BABY SHOWER ON CAMPERDOWN ROAD, A.L. Major (Bahamas): A. L. Major is a Bahamian-born writer, who graduated from Vassar College with Honors in 2011. Recipient of the Harry Moore scholarship and Vassar’s Ann E. Imbrie Prize in Fiction, she is a second year MFA Fiction candidate at the University of Michigan. She is currently working on her novel, Dismantle the Sun.
MANGO SUMMER, Janice Lynn (Bahamas): Janice Lynn holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and has published in anthologies including Tongues of the Ocean, A Sudden and Violent Change, and We Have a Voice. Her writing has been shortlisted for the 2011 Small Axe 2011 Literary Competition and the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She spends much of her time abroad, but will always be a Nassau gal.
THE WHALE HOUSE, Sharon Millar (Trinidad & Tobago): Sharon Millar is particularly driven by the landscape of her homeland and her work touches on issues that affect her as a Trinidadian citizen and as a woman. The worlds of her stories are occupied by protagonists who struggle with moral issues, crime, illness, loyalty, betrayal, and all the other messy things that make up a life. Writing from a Caribbean island right here and right now allows her to illuminate complications that lie beneath the surface of a young state trying to move forward as a cohesive society. She is conscious of pushing past the Caribbean stereotypes of exoticism and tries to create characters that are universal in their desires and conflicts.
Commonwealth Writers inspires writers, storytellers and a range of cultural practitioners to work for social change. It builds communities of less heard and emerging voices to influence, directly and indirectly, the decision making processes which affect their lives. In line with this vision, the Commonwealth Book Prize and Short Story Prize unearth talented writers to take part in online residencies and on-the-ground activities as well as inspiring others through their work.
For more information, see http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/cssp-shortlist-2013/