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Award for Caribbean Young Adult Lit Now Open

Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

Caribbean young adult literature may be getting a much needed boost with the arrival of The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The initiative is a part of the global literary award and programme to promote literacy. The award opens its inaugural call for entries May 13, 2013, and was launched at the 2013 Bocas Literary Festival, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual prize which will be given to three English-language YA literature works by Caribbean writers. The first prize recipient will receive CAD$10,000, while second prize gets CAD$7,000. The third prize winner will receive CAD$5,000. Additionally, publishers of the winning titles will also directly benefit from the award as they will received  a guaranteed purchase of up to 3,000 books through which the titles will be allocated to schools, libraries and community organizations across the region.

The award was established by CODE, a Canadian NGO which supports literacy and learning in Canada and around the world, Canadian philanthropist William Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation as well as the Bocas Lit Fest.

Other Burt Literary Awards are the Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature (established 2012) and the Burt Award for African Literature established in 2008. The awards simultaneously reward excellence and provide young readers with books they will want to read.

The 2013 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature will accept manuscripts and books published between August 1, 2011 and August 22, 2013 between May 13, 2013 and April 23, 2013 when the call closes. The winners will be announced at the 2014 Bocas Literary Festival.