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Congratulations to the 2018 Small Axe Literary Competition winners!

10 January 2019

The Small Axe Literary Competition encourages the production and publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry in English, Spanish and French. The competition focuses on poetry and short fiction from emerging writers whose work centers on regional and diasporic Caribbean themes and concerns. Read full bios for judges and winners on our website.


2018 Judges

Poetry                                               Short Fiction

Andre Bagoo                                     Marcia Douglas                                 
Ishion Hutchinson                             Brenda Flanagan
Anthony Kellman                              Alecia McKenzie


2018 Winners


First place: “Kwas” by Sassy Ross from St. Lucia and the United States
Second place: “Ancestral Coda” by Suzanne C. Persard from Bronx, New York

Short Fiction

First place: "The Chicken Coup: A Distinctly Masculine Adventure for Distinctly Manly Men," by Caroline Mackenzie from Port of Spain, Trinidad
Second place:  "Poui" by Ira Mathur from Port of Spain, Trinidad

Short List

Karen Lee of Canada
Erica Mapp of Trinidad
Margarita Rosario of the Dominican Republic
Shannon Smith of Jamaica
Robyn Stephenson of Jamaica
Kirk Budhooram from The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Sharon Lake of Anguilla
Brandon McIvor of Trinidad
Cathy Thomas of California
Tracey-Ann Wisdom of Jamaica

The Small Axe Literary Competition consists of two categories: poetry and short fiction. First and second prizes are chosen from each category by a distinguished panel of judges. In 2017, the Small Axe Literary Competition entered an important new phase, and for the first time invites entries in Spanish, English, and French, in a three-year rotation. In 2019, we will welcome submissions in French. Visit our website for full details on our 2019 competition.

Funded in part by the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies