CODE and the Bocas Lit Fest have selected the finalists for the 2015 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The winners will be announced at the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, which takes place from April 29 to May 3, 2015, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The shortlisted titles (in alphabetical order) are:
Children of the Spider by Imam Baksh, Guyana (manuscript to be published)
Putting Up a Resistance by Michael Cozier, Trinidad and Tobago (self-published book)
Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago (manuscript to be published)
Prayer to the Motivator by Kamau Mahakoe, Jamaica (manuscript to be published)
The Dolphin Catchers by Diana McCaulay, Jamaica (manuscript to be published)
Up to $22,000 CAD in prize money will be awarded to up to three winners, who will be announced at a Gala during the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (29 April – 3 May). As part of the prize, CODE will ensure winning manuscripts will be published by a Caribbean publisher.
The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature was established by CODE in collaboration with the Literary Prizes Foundation. The Award is the result of a close collaboration with CODE’s local partner in the Caribbean, The Bocas Lit Fest.
Read the full press release here.