(Port of Spain, March 26, 2018) — CODE and NGC Bocas Lit Fest are proud to announce the finalists for the 5th Annual CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature. Established by CODE—a Canadian charitable organization that has been advancing literacy and learning for 59 years—with the generous support of William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the award recognizes excellent, engaging and culturally-relevant books in English for youth (ages 12-18) written by Caribbean authors.
This year’s finalists were selected by a three-member jury made up of writing, publishing and educational professionals with expertise in young adult literature. The jury was administered by NGC Bocas Lit Fest. The finalists were selected from over 30 submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts. In alphabetical order by title, the 2018 finalists are:
The winner and two finalists will be announced on April 25, 2018, at the opening night celebration of the 2018 NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Celebrating YA literature will continue throughout the NGC Bocas Lit Fest with the 2018 finalists visiting secondary schools on Wednesday 25 April, and the launch of the 2017 winning books on Thursday, April 26. Writers who are interested in developing stories for young adult readers can participate in a writing workshop with renowned writer Alex Wheatle on Friday, April 27 (register at bocaslitfest.com).
This year, the creator of the winning book will be awarded $10,000 CDN. The two other finalists will be awarded $2,000 CDN each. In addition, publishers of all three books will each be granted a guaranteed purchase of a minimum 2,000 copies.
CODE’s purchase helps to support the development of high quality, culturally relevant books. A dedicated network of local partners throughout the region has worked with CODE since 2014 to distribute more than 37,000 award-winning books in eleven Caribbean countries. Their efforts ensure Caribbean youth have access to great books in their schools, libraries and community organizations.
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(868) 222 7099