Wadadli Youth Pen Prize 2014


Many thanks to Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse for sharing this news about the recent Wadadli Youth Pen Prize 2014 Writing Challenge that took place in Antigua and Barbuda. Here are excerpts:

Asha Graham is the 2014 winner of the Wadadli Pen writing Challenge, the first writer to two-peat in 10 years of Wadadli Pen. Graham, 16, a student at the Antigua State College, won for her story “Lajabless,” favoured by the judges and described by one as having “a wonderfully distinctive narrative style” with dialogue that “flows impressively and rings true”, “brilliantly done” plotting, and writing that is “tight and finely crafted.” Runners-up for the main prize were Kohlyah Piper, author of “Hallowed Ground,” and Ariel Dunnah, previously a 2012 finalist and in the top three overall this year for her poem “La Diablesse.” Piper and Dunnah were, also, the winner and first runner up, respectively, in the 18 to 35 age category; Graham was tops among teens 13 to 17.

Margaret (The Skipping Rope) Irish, a teacher at ABIIT who also runs an after school programme, is the winner of the Teachers Lead by Example Prize. [. . .]

In Wadadli Pen’s 10th year, there were a record 24 writers on the short list. Four artists were short listed, meanwhile, from among those who submitted to the cover design Wadadli Pen Art Challenge. The winner is musician and art teacher Alvin Livingstone with his design for the poem “Last Cry” – mindful that cover design is not just about art but marketing, communication and a bit of mystery, he said, “I believe I was able to effectively capture the feel of the poem while leaving some of the interpretation up to the viewer.”

Emile Hill placed second with his cover design for “The Knock on My Door” and Shaziane placed third with her cover design for “Delinquent Development.” Past winner Shem Alexander was awarded an honourable mention for his design for “The Cold Truth.”

For more information on the literary prizes for all categories, see http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com

For the full release, see http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/a-mammoth-picture-post-you-have-been-warned/

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