Submissions Call for 25th Anniversary issue of The Caribbean Writer

The Caribbean Writer is seeking submissions for its 25th anniversary issue.

Published by the University of the Virgin Islands, The Caribbean Writer is an international journal with a Caribbean focus. It publishes poetry, short fiction, personal essays, one-act plays, translations, book reviews, interviews and special sections covering a wide range of topics relating to the literature and writers of the Caribbean. Issues unique to the region should be central to the works submitted, or they should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective.

The 25th anniversary issue will be dedicated to Haiti and the issue of “freedom.” The editors are looking for works that explore the multiple meanings of the word, particularly within the context of the Haitian experience. Both Haitian and non-Haitian writers are invited to submit works that celebrate and document Haitian life in its broadest sense and provide a critical and historical overview of the realities of life in Haiti and the struggles of the Haitian people at home and abroad. Artwork by Haitian artists or images of Haiti (original prints, photographs, paintings)are also welcome.

Here are the submission guidelines:

Submit poems, short stories, personal essays, and one-act plays. Maximum length (for short stories and personal essays) is 3500 words or 10 pages. Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. (If previously self-published, give details.)

Procedure for submissions: List name, address, and title of submission on a separate sheet. Title only on submission. All submissions should be on a separate sheet.  Include brief biographical information and mention previous publications and Caribbean connection, if any. All manuscripts must be typed double-spaced.

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010. The 25th anniversary issue will be published in 2011.

Email submissions to as attached Word or RTF files. Alternatively you can post them to:

University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00850.

All submissions are eligible for the following prizes:

The Daily News Prize for best poetry ($300)

The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for best short fiction ($400)

The David Hough Literary Prize to a Caribbean author ($500)

The Marguerite Cobb McKay Prize to a Virgin Island author ($200)

The Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication ($250)

Book Reviews – Persons interested in reviewing books should contact the editor, indicating their areas of expertise. Include sample reviews if possible.

Authors of accepted work will be notified within 6-8 weeks and, if editing is required, the contributor will have a 7-day turn around.

The Caribbean Writer’s Advisory Editorial Board consists of established Caribbean writers, namely, Opal Palmer Adisa, Kamau Brathwaite, Alwin Bully, Edwidge Danticat, Zee Edgell, Merle Hodge, George Lamming, Laurence Lieberman, Earl Lovelace, E. A. Markham, Caryl Phillips, Olive Senior, and Derek Walcott.


2 responses to “Submissions Call for 25th Anniversary issue of The Caribbean Writer

  1. I am writing for assistance in finding some Hatian-Creole books for children in a hospital in Haiti. I am trying to find a bookstore in the US or the Islands from whom I could order 20 early reading texts, some poetry would be wonderful for patients in the little school–so here I am, feeling rather surprised to find how difficult this seems and yet–knowing someone will help me find a source. My bookclub in the Orlando area of Florida has a small bit of money, enough maybe to grant this wish if we could find a publisher–any ideas?

  2. Pingback: Around the Corner: Submission Deadline for The Caribbean Writer’s 25th Anniversary Issue « Repeating Islands·

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