Call for Submissions: The Small Axe Literary Competition


The 2013 Small Axe Literary Competition is open for submissions in two categories: poetry and short fiction.  Two winners will be chosen from each category by a distinguished panel of judges (with a First Prize of $750 and a Second Prize of $500). Winners of the competition will be published in Small Axe 42 – July 2013. The submission deadline is May31, 2013.

The Small Axe Literary Competition encourages the production and publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry. The competition focuses on poetry and short stories from emerging writers whose work centers on regional and diasporic Caribbean themes and concerns. This competition is part of the Small Axe Project’s ongoing commitment to Caribbean cultural production and its mission to provide a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality. With this competition, the Small Axe team hopes to encourage and support the region’s rich literary heritage, in the tradition of precursors such as Bim, Kyk-over-al, Focus and Savacou.

Writers wishing to compete for a Small Axe Literary Prize must submit the following to

  • A double-spaced Word document containing: an original, unpublished short story (maximum 7,000 words), or an original selection of poetry (maximum ten poems, not exceeding ten manuscript pages). Manuscripts must be free of any author information.
  • A separate document with a one-page biography, including previously published works and full contact information (name, email address, mailing address and phone).

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