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Barbara Jenkins Cops Hollick Arvon Emerging Writers Prize

Barbara Jenkins cops the Hollick Arvon Prize 2013

Barbara Jenkins wrote her way to the top of the heap and has been inked into history as the winner of the inaugural Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize. The prize was announced during the 3rd annual Bocas Literary Festival, in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Jenkins emerged from a field of 65 writers from six countries across the Caribbean. The candidates were whittled down to a shortlist of six writers last week, four of whom, like Jenkins hailed from Trinidad and Tobago.

The shortlisted writers were Lisa Allen-Agostini, Vashti Bowlah, Barbara Jenkins, and Sharon Millar (Trinidad and Tobago), Lelawatee Manoo-Rahming (Bahamas and Trinidad) and Angela Barry of Bermuda.

The HAP is worth a total of US$15,000, which includes a cash award of US$4,500. The literary prize, announced at Bocas 2012 was created to support emerging writers by  providing opportunities to advance a work in progress. As such, the prize includes a year of mentorship by an established author, the opportunity to network with literary professionals from Arvon as well as the attendance at a Arvon Foundation creative writing course.
In separate years, the Hollick-Avron prize is awarded to fiction writers, non-fiction writers and poets. The prize is open to writers living in the Caribbean and writing in English.

Interestingly, Jenkins has had her first collection of short stories, Sic Transit Wagon published by Peepal Tree Press, with a pre-launch event held at Bocas 2013.

The Bocas Lit Fest 2013 runs April 25-28, Port of Spain, Trinidad.