Call for Submissions: The Caribbean Writer – Volume 29


The Caribbean Writer, an international literary journal with a Caribbean focus, has announced a submissions call for its 29th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work or it should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience and perspective

Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and essays, Volume 29 will highlight contradictions and ambiguities in the Caribbean space. Interviews, personal narratives and one-act plays highlighting this theme are also welcome.

Writers are encouraged to submit poems (5 maximum), short stories and personal essays on general topics and also on themes pertaining to Caribbean musicians and visual artists.

One-act plays will also be accepted. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. (If self-published, give details.) Include brief biographical information and list all contact information plus the title of the manuscript on a separate page. Only the title should appear on the manuscript.

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 Islands author ($200)
• The Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication ($250)
• The Cecile deJongh Literary Prize to an author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean ($500).

Email submissions to as attached Word or RTF files OR submit via the “Submissions” page at Submissions may also be mailed to: The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850-9781. Include SASE for response. Submission deadline is December 30, 2014.

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One response to “Call for Submissions: The Caribbean Writer – Volume 29

  1. Hello!
    I found you on Troy Johnson’s! My name is Denise Laidler and I am a Jamaican born writer and communication consultant living in New York. I’m reaching out to find out to see if you’d be interested in reviewing or featuring my recently published novel Journey to the Land of Look Behind, on the Caribbean Book blog.

    I’ve written for Essence magazine, Black Enterprise magazine and website, Huffington post and created digital content for the Jamaica Tourist Board, FedEx, the Rockefeller Foundation and other companies. My short story Where Dreams Die, an excerpt from Journey to Land of Look Behind was featured in the Caribbean Writer Vol. 27 and was awarded the anthology’s David Hough Literary Prize to a Caribbean author.

    Below is a brief description.

    Indigo Wade, a brilliant engineer and aspiring sculptor, is frustrated with her son-child boyfriend, Reed, pressured by her domineering mother, Lena and struggling through a fractured relationship with her distant and indifferent father, Capo. An urgent, disturbing phone call precipitates a trip to Jamaica where past memories resurface, life lessons are learned and new beginnings are started. Sage advice from her Aunt Mercie helps her deal with antagonistic siblings left to survive the wreckage of lives abandoned by a father who skillfully navigates relationships like a calculated chess grandmaster and lays bare the spiraling, wounding trajectory through their lives. Set in New Orleans and Jamaica, Journey to the Land of Look Behind is a study in how the pain of childhood trauma follows us into adulthood and into the relationships we develop there.

    Balanced on the threshold of two worlds, neither of which she fully belongs, Indigo must face questions that help her define her own truths. Who are we when stripped of easy monikers: daughter; father, sister, friend? Should she give up her promising career to pursue her dream of becoming a sculptor? Can she steer her father toward a place of redemption but at what cost?

    The setting stretches from the intoxicating bacchanal of New Orleans’ speakeasies to the green grottoes of the Jamaican countryside. Whether Caribbean, American or African, their stories – with themes of female identity, self-emancipation, abandoned or fatherless daughters – are often achingly familiar and universally relatable.

    I am a passionate, meticulous storyteller and I am convinced that an intimate story, interwoven with poignant truths and humor lighten this impactful story. If you are interested, please let me know and I’ll forward my bio, excerpt and/or novel for your consideration. You can read more at my blog I can also be reached at

    Thank you for your consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best Regards,

    Denise Laidler

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