Do you have a great fiction novel or manuscript, creative non-fiction, or graphic novel for youth ages 12 to 18? Well did you know that the CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature 2019 submissions are open,so you can submit.
This competition has proven to bring success, recognition and a publishing deal to a number of Caribbean writers. The CODE Burt Award has jumped started a number of writing careers, maybe next year you can be the winner.
The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is now accepting submissions for consideration to the 2019 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature – see link below for guidelines.
2019 will be the 6th year for this YA Lit award! To date, over 37,000 copies of award-winning YA novels have been distributed throughout the Caribbean to young readers. This literary award and readership initiative recognize excellence in Caribbean-authored literature for young adults, ages 12 through 18. The NGC Bocas Lit Fest oversees the submission and adjudication process. The jury is composed of Caribbean writers, educators, and literature specialists, and this year a new addition – a young adult reader (which is so exciting, as young readers get to say what they like to read, which can make a big difference in giving readers books they want to read and not just books adults think they want to read. This decision gives more value to the winning titles.)
Three English-language books/manuscripts created by Caribbean writers will be awarded a joint sum of ($14,000). The winning title is awarded $10,000, and the two finalists each receive $2,000. Local Caribbean publishers are granted a guaranteed purchase of a maximum of 2,500 copies. These copies are then distributed to youth in schools, libraries, and community centres across the region.
The CODE Burt Award is sponsored by the Literary Prizes Foundation based in Canada, CODE is an insightful organisation determined to showcase literature around the world from diverse cultures. You should visit their website at https://code.ngo/ and support every effort by becoming a financial or promotional partner, you will not regret it. You can support writers by supporting them. As little as $10 a month can help put CODE books into the hands of a child in rural communities, changing the child’s life story forever. See https://code.ngo/monthly-donation
Eligible manuscripts and books published between November 1, 2017, and October 31, 2018, must be submitted to the NGC Bocas Lit Fest no later than October 31, 2018.
Eligibility guidelines and submission forms are available as a pdf here and from Bocas Lit Fest: www.bocaslitfest.com