How I Met Olive Senior

So if you’ve been following my scribbles and read the post about the Evolution of my Writing voice, you would know that Olive Senior is my favourite Caribbean writer. As soon as I heard that she would be attending Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad, I booked my ticket! I stated that:

“I hope to meet Olive Senior at BocasLitFest next month in Trinidad, and I will be try to stay calm, normal and be level-headed, and thank her for inspiring me so much with her novels. I will not scream like a groupie…I will not scream like a groupie…I will not.”

Sigh.

At least I didn’t scream like a groupie…for her to hear.

It all started at the cocktail party at the residence of the Trinidad British High Commissioner. I was all dressed up, level-headed, surrounded by great food and drinks in a lovely environment. Perfect time to meet your favourite author right? But fate would not have that. I found out Olive Senior was there hours later when I was home. To rub salt in my wound, I saw this picture online:

cocktail

Yup.

There I am – seemingly high on wine – yapping away to someone while the person I came to meet stood RIGHT BEHIND ME!

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Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

Established by CODE with the generous support of Canadian philanthropist William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, in partnership with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for Young Adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors.

A First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second Prize of $7,000 CAD and a Third Prize of $5,000 CAD will be awarded to the winning authors. Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 3,000 copies.
The Call for Submissions will open on May 13, 2013 (forms will be available from this page). Manuscripts and books published between 1 August 2011 and 22 August 2013 and written by Caribbean authors must be received from publishers by 23 August 2013. The winner will be announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2014.
Let’s provide Caribbean youth with books they will love to read and celebrate the achievements of Caribbean authors!

Secrets of the Tenari by Jackie Jones – Coming May 4th 2013

Enter the hidden and dangerous world of the fae, where nothing is as it seems.

Secrets of the Tenari, the exciting debut and the first book in the Tenari Trilogy, by author Jackie Jones.

Click the link below to go to Jackie’s site, check out the cover reveal and even get a chance to win a free copy!

http://jackiejonesfiction.com/2013/04/24/random-wednesdays-secrets-of-the-tenari-cover-reveal/

 

Available on Amazon from May 4th 2013.

Blackberry Magazine – Deadline May 1st

Submissions are now open for the next issue!

Theme: “Time.”

Submissions close May 1, 2013.

Please use our submissions manager.

BLACKBERRY: a magazine aims to be a premier literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists*. Its goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets.

BLACKBERRY: a magazine is seeking all forms of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, artwork and photography. However, we are not interested in science fiction, fantasy, or derivative fiction. We are open to spiritual pieces regardless of faith, sect or denomination.

We are interested in work that goes beneath the surface and touches the spirit. Your work should explore the universal truths of life while showing the diversity of our experiences. Continue reading