The 2021 lengthy record for the area’s solely prize for rising writers, the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize (JAAWP), has been introduced by the Bocas Lit Fest.
Of the ten writers who’ve been longlisted for the third and final version of the Johnson and Amoy Achong Prize, eight of them are from Trinidad and Tobago, one from Guyana and one from Barbados, the earlier award-winning Linda Deane.
This distinctive award is devoted to advancing the work of an rising Caribbean voice within the poetry style; the 2019 and 2020 prizes have been for fiction and non-fiction respectively.
A complete of 35 submissions have been acquired from eight Caribbean nations – Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Guyana.
As in earlier years, the prize’s judging course of was blind, in order that the names and nationalities of the entrants have been solely revealed as soon as that they had made the lower.
The prize has been sponsored for 3 editions by philanthropist and medical practitioner Dr Achong Low, in reminiscence of his mother and father and is run by the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago and the literary charitable belief Arvon within the UK.
That is the final 12 months of the JAAWP which consists of a money award of US$3,000 and attendance at an intense inventive writing course at certainly one of Arvon’s internationally famend writing homes, plus a three-day keep in London to community with editors and publishers, hosted by Arvon and in affiliation with the Free Phrase Centre.
The winner can be mentored by a longtime author within the style and will get the prospect to be agented by Aitken Alexander Associates literary company within the UK.
With a view to adhere to journey restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the mentorship and course could also be administered just about, as was achieved for the 2020 winner, Trinidadian Amanda Choo Quan.
The 2021 winner can be introduced in the course of the upcoming digital NGC Bocas Lit Fest, T&T’s annual literary competition, which takes place from April 23-25, 2021.
NGC is the title sponsor of the competition. Different sponsors embrace First Residents, One Caribbean Media, the Ministry of Tourism, Tradition and the Arts and the Nationwide Lotteries Management Board.
2021 JAAWP Longlist (Poetry):
Akim Alexis – T&T
Kamille Andrews – T&T
Wendy Brewster – T&T
Linda Deane – Barbados
Jannine T. Horsford – T&T
Jay T. John – T&T
Kirese Narinesingh T&T
Derron Sandy – T&T
Desiree Seebaran – T&T
Scott Leon Ting-A-Kee – Guyana