In its third edition, the Award, established by Canadian education NGO CODE with the generous support of the Literary Prizes Foundation and in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest, aims to celebrate the literary achievements of Caribbean authors while improving young readers’ access to books that are engaging and meaningful to them.
Part of a global initiative also present in four African countries and Canada, 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. A First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second Prize of $7,000 CAD and a Third Prize of $5,000 CAD will be awarded to the winning authors. Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,000 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries and literacy organizations throughout the region so young Caribbean readers can enjoy them.
Published books, previously self-published books, and unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the Award. Eligible books and unpublished manuscripts can be submitted to the Bocas Lit Fest by publishers registered and operating in the Caribbean. Unpublished manuscripts or previously self-published books can also be submitted by authors directly to the Bocas Lit Fest.
Books published between 1 October 2013 and 31 October 2015 and eligible manuscripts must be received at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest by 31 October 2015.
Winners will be announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago in the spring of 2016.
Learn more about the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature
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