The winning title is awarded

$10,000 CAD

and up to two finalists are awarded $2,000 CAD each.

Guaranteed purchase of up to

2,500 published

copies of each winning title!

More than

15,000 copies

of winning books have made their way to Caribbean youth.

Burt Award for Caribbean LiteratureAbout CODE's Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

A literary award like no other!

Established by CODE with the generous support of Canadian philanthropist William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is part of a unique global readership initiative aiming to provide youth with access to books they will enjoy and want to read.

The Award is given annually up to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors.

A First Prize of $10,000 CAD, and two finalists will be awarded $2,000 CAD each year to the winning authors.

The Caribbean publishers of each winning title will also receive a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies, ensuring that the books get into the hands of young people through schools, libraries and community organizations across the Caribbean. To date, more than 15,000 copies of winning books have made their way into the hands of Caribbean youth.

Download the 2018 Eligibility and Entry Guidelines

For further details, contact:

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Bocas Lit Fest
Phone: (868) 222-7099




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