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

Sometimes I feel like giving up…

I am angry.

I do not want the “I’m sorries” and “My condolences”.

I would like things to be fair.

Good people – live.

Bad people – die.

Seems simple enough right? Then why does God get it wrong so many times?

There are some evil people who live long, prosperous lives, who get to pass peacefully in their sleep, while genuinely good people suffer, and die long before they fulfil their potential.

I have a friend who is suffering from cancer. He hasn’t passed away yet, but he is on life support and everyone has said their goodbyes. He was young – not even twenty five- and bright, and all he ever wanted to do was write movies. Unfortunately he was born in a place and time where such dreams are unheard of. Continue reading

Watching Characters Come to Life – Payday the Movie

Don’t laugh at me.

But I was catching up on some old episodes of Glee, and Rachel Berry was singing “Don’t Stop Believing” in her dream audition as Fannie in Funny Girl. This particular audition was one that she had been preparing for since she was five years old.

I think I’m going through something like that right now.

I wrote a movie…and it’s actually being produced.

I felt exhilarated when my first short story was published, but that is nothing compared to what I’m feeling now; watching these crazy characters that only existed in my head come to life. Characters that I created from a blank page with blinking cursor stood before me. It really is like a dream come true.

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Dirtcakes Journal

dirtcakes welcomes writing and art of all genres—the surreal, the 21st century, the conventional. 

  • we do not necessarily believe the polemic, strident, or didactic makes the best art. While an implicitly activist publication, we prefer works that say some thing before they say Something.
  • we are always looking for artistic crackheads—creators capable of inducing a metaphorical skull fissure, letting new light reach the dark recesses of the brain. And the heart, of course.
  • our limited budget seeks to lighten the hunger of the starving artist: Payment of $25 and 2 contributor copies will accompany all accepted artists.
  • we love work in any language. Please include author-approved English translation. All text will appear in English, original language, and any other author-provided translations.
  • previously published work, including publication in an online venue which provides edited image or word content, is not accepted.
  • simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Please notify us upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • submitting in multiple categories and themes is okay, too.
  • dirtcakes acquires First Serial Rights to publish on our website, to print, and the right to keep credited work in our archives.
  • dirtcakes is a homegrown and operated. Continue reading