Burt Award for Caribbean Literature 2015

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The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. Established by CODE– a Canadian charitable organization that has been supporting literacy and learning for over 50 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation and the Bocas Lit Fest, the Award aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across the Caribbean. [Also see our previous post Burt Award for Caribbean Literature Open for Entries.] The deadline for entries is October 24, 2014.

Up to three prizes will be awarded each year to the authors of the winning titles: a First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second Prize of $7,000 CAD and a Third Prize of $5,000 CAD. Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies. Copies purchased by the program will be donated to select libraries, schools and literacy organizations for distribution throughout the region.

The intent of the prize is to champion literacy, build language skills and foster the love and habit of reading amongst youth and young adults. The specific objectives are:

—to recognize excellence in literature for Caribbean youth

—to support and motivate the development of and access to high quality, culturally relevant reading materials at a critical stage of learning

—to support the development and acquisition of language skills  and to help foster  enthusiasm for and a love of reading

—to stimulate and support the publishing industry in the Caribbean and celebrate the rich literary heritage of the Caribbean

—to increase the stock of locally produced, English-language literature in libraries, schools, and community centres throughout the Caribbean.

See the Burt Award For Caribbean Literature Guidelines and Entry Forms 2015.

For further information, you may send inquiries to burtaward@bocaslitfest.com or telephone at (868) 222-7099.

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