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New Prize for Emerging Caribbean Writers Announced

Sue Hollick

The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, copped this year by Earl Lovelace, is the centre piece of the Bocas Literary Festival. However, the introduction of a new prize garnered its own share of the spotlight. The Hollick-Avron Prize will have a purse of £10,000.00 dedicated to allowing an emerging writer to complete a manuscript.

The prize was introduced by Lady Sue Hollick during the award ceremony for the OCM Bocas Prize on Saturday April 28, 2012, at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Academy of the Performing Arts, Port of Spain. The prize will come as a great boon to emerging writers, as finding the space to write is one of the most coveted resources for a writer. The prize will also facilitate the awardee to travel to the UK for networking and training and will generally facilitate their working with an established writer.

In separate years, the Hollick-Avron prize will be awarded to fiction writers, non-fiction writers and poets. The prize is open to writers living in the Caribbean and writing in English. The awardees will be selected by a panel of judges including representatives from the Hollick-Avron Foundation and the Bocas Prize.

Announced as a part of the 2012 Bocas Literary festival which was itself teeming with writers struggling to get published, the announcement of the Hollick-Avron prize was certainly a part of the icing on a satisfying sophomore installment of the festival.

The announcement of the prize shows the value that the organizers of the the NGC Bocas Lit Fest have placed on writing prizes and its important to developing writers. Submissions to the Hollick-Avron Prize will close on September 30, 2012. The inaugural winner will then be announced in March of 2013 and the prize awarded later that year.