By Natasha Ofosu
Trinidad & Tobago
Monday 14 May 2012 : 9:00 GMT
Organisers of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad have unveiled a new annual prize for emerging Caribbean writers.
The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize will allow a writer living in the Anglophone region and writing in English, who has not yet published a full-length book, to devote time to advancing a work in progress initially for a three-year period. Sponsored by the Hollick Family Charitable Trust and the Arvon Foundation in association with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the prize is worth £10,000 or TT$100,000. The winner will receive one year’s mentoring by an established author and travel to the United Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive Arvon creative writing course of their choice. They will also spend three days in London networking with literary professionals.
Both the Hollick Family Charitable Trust and the Arvon Foundation are UK-based charities. The former provides funding for other charitable causes while Arvon is recognised as a leading provider of creative writing courses and experiences. The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize will be decided through competition. Writers meeting the entry criteria will have their work assessed by a panel comprising representatives of the three organising bodies as well as a literary agent.
The closing date for applications will be 30 September 2012, with the announcement of the first winner in March 2013, and the presentation of the prize in April 2013.
Full details of the competition will appear on the NGC Bocas Lit Fest website www.bocaslitfest.com.