Call for Submissions: Burt Award for Caribbean Literature


Now in its fifth year, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature recognizes up to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors; this includes authors who were born in or who are citizens of an eligible Caribbean country, regardless of their current place of residence. [See Appendix 1 at the Bocas Lit Fest site the for definitions of which territories constitute the Caribbean for the purposes of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.] Books published between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017, and eligible manuscripts must be received at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest by October 31, 2017.

Established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been supporting literacy and learning for over 55 years – with the generous support of the Literary Prizes Foundation and in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest, the award aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across the Caribbean.

Published books, previously self-published books, and unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the award. Eligible books and unpublished manuscripts may be submitted to the Bocas Lit Fest by publishers registered and operating in the Caribbean. Unpublished manuscripts or previously self-published books may be submitted by authors directly to the Bocas Lit Fest.

This year, the winning title will be awarded $10,000 CDN, and two finalists will be awarded $2,000 CDN each. Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries, and literacy organizations throughout the region. To date, more than 22,000 copies of winning books have made their way into the hands of Caribbean youth!

See more information, official 2018 guidelines and entry form at

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