The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize

I mentioned the Hollick Arvon Prize in my Day Three post about the Bocas Lit Fest. This year it will be awarded in fiction, next year will be for non-fiction, and 2015 will be the year for poetry.

Now we have details, and I have been meaning to post them for some time! Please go to the Bocas Lit website to download the full guidelines and an entry form. Here are some highlights:

The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize is an annual award which allows an emerging Caribbean writer living and working in the Anglophone Caribbean to devote time to advancing or finishing a literary work, with support from an established writer as mentor.


To be eligible for entry, a writer must:

1.    be of Caribbean birth or citizenship, living and working in the Anglophone Caribbean and writing in English
2.    be over the age of 18 by 30 September, 2012
3.    have had at least one piece of creative writing of no less than 2,000 words published.

This prize is an amazing opportunity for new writers hoping to launch a career:

The Hollick Arvon Prize, with a total value of £10,000 (approx. US$16,000), consists of:

1.    a cash award of £3,000 (approx. US$5,000)
2.    a year’s mentoring by an established writer
3.    travel to the United Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive Arvon creative writing course at one of Arvon’s internationally renowned writing houses
4.    three days in London to network with editors and publishers, hosted by Arvon, in association with the Free Word Centre and the Rogers, Coleridge & White literary agency.

The deadline is 30 September 2012, 6 pm Trinidad & Tobago time. Please spread the word.