New writers to get a shot at £10,000 prize

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New writers to get a shot at £10,000 prize

The new annual literature prize for emerging Caribbean writers, The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, opens for entries next week.

The new prize, announced during the 2012 NGC Bocas Lit Fest in April, is an open competition for emerging writers living anywhere in the Anglophone region of the Caribbean and writing in English.

With a total value of £10,000, it will allow a writer to devote time to advancing a work in progress, and includes a year of mentoring by an established author, and travel to the United Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive Arvon creative writing course of their choice, a statement said.

The winning writer will also have three days in London to network with literary professionals, hosted by Arvon, in association with Free Word Centre and agents Rogers, Coleridge & White.

The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize will be offered annually, initially for the next three years and across three literary genres— year one fiction, year two non-fiction and in year three poetry.

The opening date for entries is June 30 and the closing date for the first year will be September 30. Writers submitting entries who meet the criteria will have a chance to have their work assessed by a panel comprising Hollick and Arvon representatives, plus an agent from the Rogers, Coleridge & White literary agency and three representatives of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest (including former judges of the Commonwealth Writers Prize). The first winner will be announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in April 2013.

The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize is sponsored by the Hollick Family Charitable Trust and the literary charitable trust, the Arvon Foundation, both based in London, in association with the non-profit Bocas Lit Fest, based in Trinidad and Tobago.

Marina Salandy-Brown, director of NGC Bocas Lit Fest, said: "There are many talented emerging writers in the Caribbean who need tangible support and encouragement to develop their craft, and exposure to become published authors. So we are pleased that Arvon and the Hollick Family Charitable Trust have partnered with us to establish this new prize.

"The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize complements the Festival's other programmes to support new writers, and we look forward to discovering much amazing new writing in each year's competition."

Go to www.bocaslitfest.com/hollick-arvon-caribbean-writers-prize.html for more information and to download an entry form. Contact: george.palmer@arvonfoundation.org or telephone 011 44 207 324 2554 for enquiries.

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