bclf-caribbean-1 Long listed for the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean for short story ‘Freedom Cup – The Games are Coming’ [2021]

Honoree – Rebel Women Lit’s Caribbean Readers AwardsHonoree

Musical Youth receives a starred review and named to the Kirkus Reviews list of Best Indie Books of the Year (also to sub-lists of Best Indie Romances and Best Indie Teen/YA Novels of 2020) 1-4-pg-ya-hillhouse-musical-youth(Kirkus’ listing of the year’s top 100 books by independent presses) [2020]

Long listed for the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean for short story ‘Vincent’ [2020]

Recipient of the Directorate of Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda’s first Women of Wadadli Award for Literature [2020]

‘Evening Ritual’ included in New Daughters of Africa which is an NAACP Image Award Fiction Nominee [2020]


Nominee for the Astrid Lindgren prize [2017/2018]

With Grace selected for the United States Virgin Islands Summer Read Challenge [2017]

Winner of the Caribbean Writer Flash Fiction Competition for ‘When We Danced’ [2015]

‘A Saint in Everyday Clothes’ included in A Letter for My Mother which was an African American Lit Awards recipient [2014]

Honourable Mention in the Desi Writers Lounge Short Story Competition for With Grace which was published in 2016 as a children’s picture book by Little Bell Caribbean [2014]

Joanne accepting award
Musical Youth, subsequently published by Caribbean Reads, second placed for the inaugural Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Fiction [2014], second edition published [2019] after it was added to the Antigua and Barbuda schools reading list [2018] after having been on a school reading list in Trinidad and Tobago for several years

Short stories ‘Genevieve’ and ‘Amelia at Devil’s Bridge’, respectively, short listed for the Small Axe Literary (fiction) Prize [2012, 2013]

Caribbean Writer Award (2)David Hough Literary Prize from the Caribbean Writer [2011]

Michael and Marilee Fairbanks International Fellowship [2008] – also fellowships to the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute University of Miami [1995] and Texas A & M Callaloo Writers Workshop at Brown University [2012]

Second edition of The Boy from Willow Bend published in 2009 – it has since been added to Schools’ Reading lists in Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla

The Ministry of Health, Sports & Youth Affairs, Honourable Mention Award, “in recognition of your outstanding contribution in literary arts” [2006]

UNESCO Honour Award “for Outstanding Contribution to the Improvement of Literacy and the Development of the Literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda” [2004]

Placed second in the Rick James Ensemble One Act Play Competition with the play Barman’s Blues [1992]


OECS ReMLit Journalist Challenge – remlit3rd place – for CREATIVE SPACE series on marine culture [2021]
kind of a full circle moment really

13th Annual  Pan American Health Organization Media Awards for Excellence in Health Journalism, Antigua & Barbuda Certificate of Merit, Newspaper feature category  for Breast Cancer Survivors series [2005]

11th Annual Pan American Health Organization/Antigua and Barbuda Media Awards for Excellence in Health Journalism, Certificate of Merit, Newspaper Feature category for ‘Zero speaks of Battle with HIV/AIDS’ [2003]

Ministry of Tourism and Environment’s Environmental Journalist of the Year [2002]


From The Antigua and Barbuda Film Academy and the Creative Industries Department for commitment to the improvement of literacy in our island [2022]

Catapult Caribbean Creative Arts Online Grant (official grant announcement) [2020, 2022]

Dawtas of the Soil Appreci-Love presentation from Queens Collaboration. [2018]

Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Award: (from the official letter)  “In keeping with Tim’s vision of the society recognizing, appreciating and rewarding its sons and daughters who have striven for and achieved excellence, the members of the LTHMC wish to commend you for your perennial and exemplary contributions to the advancement of our country, especially in areas of journalism, literary arts, and the development of our youth.” [2014]

Award at the National Youth Awards “For Your Unwavering Support of the Department of Youth Affairs” [2012]

“Award of Excellence, JCI West Indies Outstanding Young Person Award (TOYP)…awarded as one of the JCI West Indies Ten Outstand Young Person 2011, for your unselfish Humanitarian work in Antigua and Barbuda” [2011]

Radio Paradise Christmas Carol Competition to the Holy Cathedral Youth Choir [1988]