Hollick Arvon Prize: Writers compete for cash, prizes

The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, worth £10,000, is to be offered for the second time in 2014.

This award allows an emerging Caribbean writer living and working in the Caribbean to devote time to advancing or finishing a literary work, with support from an established writer as mentor. The Hollick Arvon Prize is one of several regional literary awards launched by the Bocas Lit Fest to stimulate and support the Caribbean writing and publishing industries.

The 2014 prize is only for literary non-fiction, and consists of a cash award of £3,000; a year’s mentoring by an established writer; travel to the United Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive Arvon course at one of Arvon’s internationally-renowned writing houses; and three days in London to network with editors and publishers.

The prize is sponsored by the Hollick Family Charitable Trust in the UK and is administered by the Bocas Lit Fest and the Arvon Foundation. The inaugural Hollick Arvon Prize, which was for fiction, received more than 60 entries from writers across the Caribbean region, with the list comprising writers from Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas.

The winner of the second Hollick Arvon Prize will be announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, April 23-27, 2014 in Port of Spain. The 2015 Prize will be for poetry. The submission deadline is September 30. Full details are on http://www.bocaslitfest.com. For more information, contact info@bocaslitfest.com.

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