The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

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 [Canadian], 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.
CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is open for submissions until 31 October 2015.

Full rules & details at http://www.bocaslitfest.com/awards/burt-award-for-caribbean-literature/

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You will have to be brave. You will have to get comfortable with discomfort. You will have to see past the intense angst and understand that writing is just pen to paper. The judging is the problem. The idea of yourself as a myth maker, wordsmith, visionary, golden fingered scribe only helps when you’re promoting your work–when you’re actually working what helps is patience with your fumblings, the wisdom to know that awkward scenes, wooden characters, embarrassing dialogue is only a starting place, the faith to believe that this misshapen lump of prose will get fit, will grow muscle, will grow and then fly.

Yes, you must kill your darlings, but first you must feed your ugly ducklings.