The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, the largest prize for emerging Caribbean writers, has opened for entries to its 2014 literary non-fiction round.Awarded each year at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port-of-Spain, the Hollick Arvon Prize is an open competition for emerging writers living anywhere in the Anglophone region of the Caribbean and writing in English.The Prize has a total value of �10,000 and allows a writer to devote time to advancing a work in progress. Included is a year's mentoring by an established author, travel to the United Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive Arvon creative writing course of the winner's choice, and a cash payment of �3,000. The winning writer will also have three days in London to network with literary professionals, hosted by Arvon, in association with Free Word Centre and agents Rogers, Coleridge and White.
The inaugural Hollick Arvon Prize, awarded for fiction, was won earlier this year by Trinidadian Barbara Jenkins. Five other writers, from the Bahamas, Bermuda, and T&T were shortlisted. In its second year, the Hollick Arvon Prize is open to emerging writers of literary non-fiction only.A release from the organisers said the submission deadline for the 2014 Prize is September 30. Writers submitting entries that meet the criteria will have a chance to have their work assessed by a panel comprising Hollick and Arvon representatives, plus an agent from the Rogers, Coleridge & White literary agency, and two representatives of the Bocas Lit Fest. The winner will be announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in April 2014.The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize is sponsored by the Hollick Family Charitable Trust in association with the leading literary charitable trust, the Arvon Foundation (both based in London) and the non-profit Bocas Lit Fest, based in T&T.
Lady Hollick, Trustee of the Hollick Family Charitable Trust says, "The Hollick Family Charitable Trust is very pleased to be able to contribute to all the work going on to support and advance Caribbean writing. Judging from year one of the Prize, it is clear that it can make a tangible difference to emerging writers in the region, and we are proud to be in partnership with Arvon and the organisers of Trinidad and Tobago's annual literary festival in this project."Ruth Borthwick, Arvon's CEO comments, "Arvon was thrilled with the response to the inaugural year of the Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize. It was a clear indication of the quality and potential of Caribbean fiction writers. We are looking forward to welcoming the winner, Barbara Jenkins, to an Arvon centre, and seeing the range of literary non-fiction entries in 2014."
According to Marina Salandy-Brown, director of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, "The first year of the Prize saw a tremendous response across the region to this rare and valuable opportunity to progress one's writing. The calibre of fiction entries was high and we have every reason to believe it will be the same for literary non-fiction. It is an exciting time and we are looking forward to making contact with more of the very talented emerging writers who need the support and recognition that the Hollick Arvon Prize offers."Go to www.bocaslitfest.com/hollick-arvon-caribbean-writers-prize.html to download an entry form, for more information on this year's Prize and for a description of what writing is included in the literary non-fiction genre.
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