Caribbean writers poetry prize opens

Dr-Kongshiek-Achong-Low is sponsor of the prize.
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TT's Amanda Choo Quan won the  Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize for non-fiction earlier this year.
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TT’s Amanda Choo Quan won the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize for non-fiction earlier this year. –

THE Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize 2021 is now open for entries in the poetry genre. This is the third round of the only pan-Caribbean developmental award dedicated to supporting emerging writers resident in the Caribbean region.

The prize, managed by The Bocas Lit Fest in TT and Arvon in the UK, is an annual award that allows an emerging Caribbean writer living and working in the Anglophone Caribbean to devote time to advancing or finishing a literary work with support from an established writer as mentor.

Jamaican Sharma Taylor won the inaugural Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize for fiction in 2019.

The prize is offered across three literary genres over a three-year period. The 2021 prize will be awarded for the most outstanding work of poetry in progress, said a media release. Earlier this year, TT national Amanda Choo Quan was announced non-fiction winner, and Jamaican Sharma Taylor took home the inaugural prize for fiction in 2019.

The prize consists of a cash award, a year’s mentorship, travel to the UK to attend a one-week intensive Arvon creative writing course at one of Arvon’s internationally-renowned writing houses and three days in London, which includes being featured at an event hosted by Arvon in association with the Free Word Centre. The opportunity also exists to be agented by a leading London literary agency.

Philanthropist Dr Kongsheik Achong Low, sponsor of the prize, is a medical practitioner and chairman of Medcorp Ltd. The prize is named for his parents and commemorates their lives as hard-working citizens whose children have continued to contribute to the building of TT.

In the media release founder of the prize Marina Salandy-Brown said, “We’re buoyed by the range and depth of new voices this prize has brought forward so far.

We look forward to an equally impressive response to the call this time around. And we remain grateful for the ongoing investment in honing the region’s literary talent, especially through such a rare demonstration of personal philanthropy.”

Submissions close on September 30, 2020.

For more info: See bocaslitfest.com for submission guidelines.

Source Trinidad and Tobago NewsDay

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