Friday, March 28, 2014

TIME SWIMMER is Soca Mom's April Teen Pick!

Above All,
Happy Writing,

(click link for other Soca Mom's April Selections)

After failing the Jamaican primary Common Entrance exam tempts suicidal thoughts,  ancient mythologies combine with historical fiction to whisk our boy-poet and light bearer Luke across the Caribbean Seas of Time on a fantastic journey that ultimately returns him home and restores his sense of self. Readers of all ages will be asking, "When's the movie coming out?"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SI Leeds Literary Prize : Check your eligibility

Above All,
Happy Writing,

Multi-ethnic Women Writers/ Based in the UK/ Check Eligibility for your unpublished manuscript

The SI Leeds Literary Prize is the prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women resident in the UK aged 18 years and over.  A biennial award, the 2014 Prize was launched at the 2013  Ilkley Literature Festival – submissions can be made online from 1 December 2013, with a deadline of 31 March 2014 using this link:
Submit to SI Leeds Literary Prize
The prize aims to act as a loudspeaker for Black and Asian women’s voices, enabling fresh and original literary voices from a group disproportionately under-represented in mainstream literary culture to reach new audiences.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Caribbean Christmas Children's Content

If you're unpublished or just feeling generous enough to want to see/ share your work in print, this opportunity may be worthwhile. The rates aren't great, and the rights are broadly in the publisher's favour, but you do retain copyrights. I've cut to the chase here and only copied the payment schedule for you. Do click on link for full details. Caribbean Reads call for Caribbean Christmas content for kids is well thought out and promises to be a credible publication.
Above All,
Happy Writing,

CARIBBEAN READS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Caribbean Christmas Children's ContentChristmas beach background


    CaribbeanReads and Jaxon Photography are committed to recognising that the work done by creative writers and artists is valuable. In this light we are offering a small compensation for material that is published in the book.
    • Stories and articles: 3¢ per final word count, $10.00 minimum
    • Poems: up to $1.00 per line; $10.00 minimum
    • Activities and recipes: $25.00 flat rate
    • Artwork: $100 for artwork accepted for the cover. Rates for other artwork will be determined based on the size and relevance of the material and will range from $25 to $50.
    • No other royalties will be paid
    • Payments will be made within 30 days of publication.
    • Currencies are in US dollars.
    You will be listed as the author or illustrator of your piece.  There will also be a listing with a brief biography of contributors. You’ll also receive one copy of the book. Additional contributor copies will be available at a discounted cost.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Up A Tree, With A Book: inspiration for writing and keeping books in print!

Want inspiration for your next YA novel? Do you measure success by your book's ability to secure passion and commitment in your audience?

Think of your young readers this way: up a tree, with a good book and worried that the fifth book in the series marks the end, because then they're hollering, "Now what will  I read!?!" 

Some kids today have everything at their finger tips so we tend to believe only in the stats that say books are competing with other games and technologies, including books of the e-kind; Kindle etc. 

BUT - no one ever wanted to smell their flat-as-glass screen when a new text was being down loaded. Even when we're laying down with the digital box, who really snuggles technology the way we do when we have the texture and weight of our latest literary conquest in print, and in our hands, propped on our chests or leaned on our thighs? There is flesh and bone, blood and heartbeat in holding an actual tome. 

I've personally never seen technology inspire kids to climb trees, to find Nature's nooks so as to selfishly savour  that which is totally wholesome.

And that, my friends, is why I am a die hard. I believe books in print will always be kewl, awesome sauce and wicked bad.

Above All,
Happy Writing, JJ

Inaugural Burt Award YA Caribbean Lit Announced!

Finalists for Inaugural Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature Announced!
We are proud to announce the finalists of the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature was established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been advancing literacy and learning for 55 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation. The Award is the result of a close collaboration with CODE’s local partners in the Caribbean, The Bocas Lit Fest and CaribLit.

The shortlisted titles are:

·     Island Princess in Brooklyn by Diane Browne, Jamaica (published by Carlong)

·       All Over Again by A-dZiko Simba Gegele, Jamaica (published by Blouse & Skirt Books)

·       Barrel Girl by Glynis Guevara, Trinidad and Tobago (manuscript to be published)

·       Musical Youth by Joanne Hillhouse, Antigua and Barbuda (manuscript to be published)

·       Abraham's Treasure by Joanne Skerrett, Dominica (published by Papillotte Press)

·       Inner City Girl by Colleen Smith Dennis, Jamaica (published by LMH Publishing)

Congratulations to the finalists! And thank you to all writers who participated in the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The first, second and third place winners will be announced on Friday 25 April during the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain.