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Guyana Prize for Literature and Caribbean Award Open for Entries
The Guyana Prize for Literature and the recently introduced Caribbean Award are now open for entries. The Guyana Prize for Literature, established in 1987, is one of the region’s oldest existing awards for literature. The annual national prize, which awards for writing in fiction, poetry and drama was widened four years ago with the announcement of the Caribbean Prize, which also awards in the same categories.
The awards carry a total purse of US$36,000. Both the Guyana national prize and the Caribbean award offer a US$5,000 award for each category. Additionally, the national award also offers First Book prizes for fiction and poetry, with a purse of Us$3,000 each.
The call for entries for the 2014awards was recently announced and closes February 28, 2015. The winners will be announced in May 2015.
The Caribbean Award is open to works written by citizens of the CARICOM states, the commonwealth Caribbean and the Netherland Antilles. The books should have been published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. Full-length plays should not have been published or performed before January 1, 2013. All works must be submitted by their publishers.
The national award, however, is two-fold. The award accepts published works, submitted by publishers but makes an allowance for writers living in Guyana, from whom it will accept unpublished manuscripts directly from the authors.