Congrats to them all.

‘Twenty-one outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel out of almost 6000 entries from 49 Commonwealth countries. This was a record number of submissions, an increase of almost 50% from 2016. Now in its sixth year the Prize is for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English. Chair of the […]

via Four Caribbeans out of 21: the Commonwealth Short Story Long List — Wadadli Pen

Small Axe Literary Competition / Prix Littéraire Small Axe / Premio Literario Small Axe

Heads Up!

Repeating Islands


Now accepting submissions in Spanish

Small Axe Announces its 2017 Literary Competition

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. This competition is part of the Small Axe Project’s ongoing commitment to Caribbean cultural production and our mission to provide a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality. With this competition, we hope to encourage and support the region’s rich literary heritage, in the tradition of precursors such as Bim (Barbados, 1942), Kyk-over-al (Guyana, 1945), Tropiques (Martinique, 1941), Focus (Jamaica, 1940), Orígenes (Cuba, 1944)La poesía sorprendida (Dominican Republic, 1944), Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (Puerto Rico, 1945), Conjonction (Haiti, 1946), Revista Casa(Cuba, 1960), and Savacou (Jamaica, 1970).


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It’s Sunday: Here’s My Week in Books ‘n things

I rescued one of the three ripening paw paws (papayas) on the trees in my yard from the birds and today made paw paw pancakes (what? That’s a thing!) and it was delicious.

Most of my reading today has been the entries to the Wadadli Pen Challenge (the annual writing contest I oversee here in Antigua and Barbuda) because it’s been a weekend of trying to push forward on the processing. The awards ceremony may be May 13th at the Wadadli Stories book fair, but April’s rushing by like the wind that keeps knocking baby mangoes off my tree before they get a chance to reach maturity (yes, I’m cooping* the mango tree).

On the book front, I finished The Lizard CageLizard Cage and posted my review (which I shared here – comment here if you wish to comment because the review page will change with the next book finished and so far, it’s looking like that will be Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories, which I shared in my last Sunday Post – I’m still digging it, though reading time has been scarce). This week I also picked up once again Turn Thanks by Lorna Goodison from the by-the-bed-reading-pile and BIM: Arts for the 21st Century from the on-the-shelf-to-be-read-pile. I’ll let you know how those go.

On my own writing front, the inkling of a ghost story that scratched at my brain during a visit to a historical graveyard on a Saturday drive aside, not much to report (sadly) BUT progress is being made toward getting my first children’s picture book back in print; in fact, the publisher, Caribbean Reads Publishing, shared this  teaser image from Caribbean Reads facebookon their facebook page so I think it’s okay for me to share it here. Excited like I am?

Meantime, I’m still hoping any one reading this with children in their life will gift them a copy of my currently on the market picture book With Grace (a Caribbean faerie tale)with-gracewhich was published in December by Little Bell Caribbean – in fact check out my books for various ages (chidren to teens/young adults to adults) here.

That’s the week in things book-ish. It’ll be my Sunday Salon post, and my latest contribution to the Sunday Post meme started by Caffeinated Book Reviewer – hey, there are two of us!

*cooping – watching like a hawk and salivating in anticipation.


Introducing Ed Itor, bully and critical friend…

The Struggle is Real. #TheWritingLife


…or more correctly her* multiple personalities, Copy Ed, Structural Ed and Picture Ed. They work as a team although as in all teams not all of them are always fit to participate.Sometimes they’re benign, and can’t find much wrong. That’s not such good news as it sounds – it only means they’re having an off day or they’ve lost their specs. They’ll find plenty to mutter about next time they look.

*You thought Ed was a man didn’t you? Ha! Ed is short for Edwina.

Ed Tracking 3

Sometimes their advice is straightforward. With an airy swipe Structural Ed points out the end of a paragraph would be better at the beginning, (or indeed the start of the book better at the end). Or not there at all. They monitor my daily allowance of telling not showing, telling me to dramatize more or change everything to dialogue. I love interior monologue, but neither Copy Ed or Structural Ed agree with me on…

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