Literary Competition Winners - 2013

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Literary Competition

WINNERS AND JUDGES

2013 COMPETITION

WINNERS:

Short Fiction:

First Prize: Ruel Johnson
Second Prize: Lesley-Ann Wanliss

Poetry:

First Prize: Vladimir Lucien
Second Prize: Ruel Johnson

JUDGES:
Short Fiction: Caryl Phillips, Olive Senior. Jan Lowe Shinebourne
Poetry: Easton Lee, Paul Keens-Douglas, Pam Mordecai

 

 

PAST WINNERS AND JUDGES

2012 COMPETITION

WINNERS:

Short Fiction:

First Prize: Sharon Millar
Second Prize: Alexia Arthurs

Poetry:

First Prize: Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
Second Prize: Lynn Sweeting

JUDGES:
Short Fiction: Thomas Glave, Oonya Kempadoo, Elizabeth Nunez
Poetry: Kendel Hippolyte, Mervyn Morris, Opal Palmer Adisa

 

 

2011 COMPETITION

WINNERS:

Short Fiction:

First Prize: Barbara Jenkins
Second Prize: Heidi N. Holder

Poetry (two first place winners):

First Prize: Sonia Farmer and Danielle McShine

JUDGES:
Short Fiction: Erna Brodber, Zee Edgell, and Robert Antoni
Poetry: Fred D'Aguiar, Cyril Dabydeen, and Shara McCallum

 

 

2010 COMPETITION

WINNERS:

Short Fiction:

First Prize: Stephen Narain
Second Prize: Andrea Shaw

Poetry:

First Prize: Lauren Alleyne
Second Prize: Ishion Hutchinson

JUDGES:
Short Fiction: Merle Hodge, Marlon James, and
Shani Mootoo.
Poetry: Kwame Dawes, Ramabai Espinet, and Kei Miller.

 

 

2009 COMPETITION

WINNERS:

Short Fiction:

First Prize: Ashley Rousseau
Second Prize: Alake Pilgrim

Poetry:

First Prize: Monica Minott
Second Prize: Tanya Shirley

JUDGES:
Short Fiction: Garfield Ellis, Geoffrey Philp, and
Merle Collins.
Poetry: Edward Baugh, Lorna Goodison, and
Mark McWatt.

 

 

The Small Axe Literary Competition encourages the production and
publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry. The competition focuses on poetry and short stories from emerging writers whose work centers on regional and diasporic Caribbean themes and concerns. This competition is part of the Small Axe Project's ongoing commitment to Caribbean cultural production and our mission to provide a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality. With this competition, we hope to encourage and support the region's rich literary heritage, in the tradition of precursors such as Bim, Kyk-over-al, Focus and Savacou.

The competition consists of two categories: poetry and short fiction. Two winners are chosen from each category by a distinguished panel of judges.

First Prize: $750 Second Prize: $500

2013 Competition submission deadline: 31 May, 2013

Winners of the 2012 competition will be published in
Small Axe 41 - July 2013.

Writers wishing to compete for a Small Axe Literary Prize must submit the following to litcomp@smallaxe.net:

  • A double-spaced Word document containing: an original, unpublished short story (maximum 7,000 words), or an original selection of poetry (maximum ten poems, not exceeding ten manuscript pages). Manuscripts must be free of any author information.
  • A separate document with a one-page biography, including previously published works and full contact information (name, email address, mailing address and phone)