THE BURT AWARD FOR YA CARIBBEAN LITERATURE
via email from CODE'S Literary Awards Officer Cat Belshaw:
Both unpublished manuscripts and published books will be eligible for the BURT AWARD every year. In this first year, books published between 1 August 2011 and 22 August 2013 are eligible for the Award (in future years only books published in the preceding 12 mos will be eligible). The caveat is that both must be submitted by publishers registered and operating in the Caribbean on behalf of their authors.
We are interested in supporting and encouraging new writers, hence the request for manuscripts. At the same time, because we guarantee the purchase of up to 3000 copies of each winning title, we need a publisher behind the book who is committed to publishing the manuscript, or who is able print additional copies of a published work should they win.
The complete eligibility guidelines and application forms will be available via our site
and the Bocas Lit Fest site http://www.bocaslitfest.com/
by the time the Award opens for entries on May 13.