Library

2013
1st Place
Author:
A-dZiko Gegele

This Caribbean story of the growing awareness of a young adolescent gets to your heart. It is written with humour and

sometimes pathos in a clear and compelling voice. The writer’s spirited style and skillful manipulation of language takes the reader into the imagination of an unforgettable protagonist. Its fast-paced, interesting plot, written in a totally convincing narrative voice, makes this special book a must-read! All Over Again appeals to readers of all ages, gender and culture.

Author: A-dZiko Gegele is a dynamic and prize-winning poet, playwright and novelist of Jamaican and Nigerian parentage. She completed a residency at the prestigious Yaddo Artists’ Retreat and participated in the Cropper Residency and Calabash Writers Workshops. Her work has been published in numerous international anthologies.

Publisher:
Blouse and Skirts Books
2013
2nd Place
Author:
Joanne Hillhouse
Musical Youth is a beautifully crafted novel with the leitmotiv of music running throughout it. This is a powerful and credible story of young love between two likeable heroes. The characters’ gradual exploration and growing knowledge of each other is reminiscent of the way a novice would learn how to play a new musical instrument and slowly get better at it with practice. The use of musical images and the regular musical rhythm that reverberates throughout the text will delight young adult readers.
 

Author: Joanne Hillhouse is an Antiguan and Barbudan writer. She has won fellowships to Breadloaf, Callalloo, and the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute and has been awarded a UNESCO prize as well as the David Hough Literary Prize. She runs the Wadadli Pen Writing Programme to nurture and showcase creative works by young writers in Antigua and Barbuda. She’s published one adult novel entitled Oh Gad as well as two novellas for young readers and one children’s picture book.

Publisher:
CaribbeanReads Publishing
2013
3rd Place
Author:
Colleen Smith-Dennis
Inner City Girl presents the story of a girl’s resolve in spite of tough socio-economic challenges. The author’s powers of description make the harsh and brutal life, culture and behaviour in the inner city real to the readers and underscore the challenges that the heroine must confront in her effort to make a better life. The protagonist is strong, courageous and believable. This realistic presentation of prejudice engages the reader’s emotions and makes it easy to identify with the self-determined heroine. A gripping story with multiple plot lines, Inner City Girl is definitely a page-turner.
 

Author: Colleen Smith-Dennis is a Jamaican writer who currently works as a High School English teacher. She is the author of three books.

Publisher:
LMH Publishing