Nominee for the Astrid Lindgren prize [2017/2018]

Winner of the Caribbean Writer Flash Fiction Competition [2015]

Honourable Mention in the Desi Writers Lounge 2014 Short Story Competition for With Grace.

Joanne accepting award
Second placed for the inaugural Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Fiction [2014]

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]

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]


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]


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]