CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature 2019 Now Open For Submissions

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is now accepting submissions for consideration to the 2019 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature.

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.

With the generous support of the Literary Prizes Foundation based in Canada, the CODE Burt Award is given annually to three English-language literary works for youth created by Caribbean writers, and illustrators. 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.

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

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